Preparing Kids for Optician Appointments

During elementary school, my sister’s teacher scheduled a consultation with my parents. At this meeting, this caring educational professional talked with my parents about my sister’s potential eye problems. My teacher felt my sibling couldn’t see the board in the front of the classroom. My parents sat down with my sister and talked with her about seeing an eye doctor. Thankfully, my sister visited a trusting optician who knew how to successfully work with younger kids. After receiving her new pair of glasses, she began excelling in school. On this blog, I hope you will discover ways to prepare kids for successful appointments at an optician’s office. Enjoy!

What To Expect Through An Eye Exam


Going in for an eye exam is always a little bit nerve racking, but one of the most important things to remember is that the optometrist is there to help you see. You may need contacts or glasses, but at the end of the day these contacts or glasses will enrich your life and improve your standard of living. Even with this in mind eye exams can be a little bit intimidating, but there is no need to worry. There are a few tests that are very common during an eye exam. Here are just a few of the common parts of an eye exam.

Snellen Chart

One of the most iconic and well known charts is the Snellen Chart. This is the chart with all the letters or numbers that get progressively smaller as they go down. Well, you can expect your optometrist to ask to read the letters off the Snellen Chart. You will likely spend a little bit of time on the chart and read the lines from different distances, but also utilizing different eyes at different distances. This will give the optometrist a general idea of where your vision is at exactly. This test is very simple and not painful in the slightest.

Eye Muscles and Lenses

The doctor will likely have your follow a light around on the wall. Your eye utilizes small muscles to allow the eye to move, and the doctor wants to see if the muscles in your eye are working properly. You will likely have to follow a light around on a wall while keeping your head stationary, and using just your eyes go back and forth, side to side, and up and down. Then the doctor will likely give you a lens test. You will sit in a chair and have a machine placed over your head. peering down the tubes, you will be asked which one is better, and you will see through different lenses. Although there may not be much difference, pick the lens that looks best to you.


One of the last things that the doctor will likely do is take pictures of the anatomy of your eye. The doctor will look for any glaucoma, the ducts in your eyes, and any overpressure areas at all. By looking at the anatomy of your eye the doctor will be able to tell if there are any physical problems with your eye. 


10 September 2017