How to Prepare Your Child for An Eye Exam
Getting your toddler to sit still to go to the bathroom can seem like a full-time job within itself, but getting them to hold still for an eye exam can seem impossible. If you have noticed that your little one is complaining of constant headaches or if they squint when they are watching TV or looking into the distance, they likely need corrective glasses. And although getting an eye exam isn’t a big deal, to a toddler who can’t seem to stand still— it may seem like the end of the world. Luckily, with the use of the tips below, you can ensure that your child’s eye exam goes as quickly and smoothly as possible. Read on to learn more.
Practice on Teddy
Does your child have a favorite stuffed animal or teddy bear that they like to tote around? As a great tool to teach your child about what they can expect at their eye exam, practice it on their favorite toy or stuffed animal. When pretending, make sure to reiterate to your child that their stuffed animal isn’t feeling any pain and that an eye exam is an easy thing to go through. By seeing that their favorite furry friend can get an eye exam, they will feel more confident about getting one themselves.
When you have a toddler it can seem like all you do is answer questions but now is the best time for your child to ask questions. Children ask questions to help them understand the world around them. If your child starts to ask questions about the procedure, answer them calmly and encourage them to ask more— the more they understand, the less anxious they are likely to feel.
Use the Right Language
When talking to your toddler about getting an eye exam make sure to refrain from negative language like scary, painful, ouch, or any other words that may connote fear. Instead, try to discuss getting an eye exam in a positive manner— the more your child relates getting an eye exam as a positive experience, the better.
Here at Millennium Park Eye Center, our staff is here to help make your little one feel calm and relaxed during their eye exam. By using the tips above, you can also help your child get through their exam without feeling too scared. If you would like to learn more about pediatric vision care of if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Millennium Park Eye Center today!