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!

Why Shouldn't You Skip Eye Exams?


Unless you're someone who already has glasses or puts in contacts each day, an eye doctor may not be a professional you ever see. This can become a problem for your eyes--and sometimes your overall health--and you might not even know that yet. There are possibilities that you must deal with. Why shouldn't you be skipping periodic eye exams?

Possibility #1: Your Everyday Vision is Diminishing

Do you even remember the last time you peered across the room at an eye chart? If not, it's probably time that you do so. Your vision could indeed have diminished to the point where corrective lenses are no longer an option but a real necessity. You could have symptoms and daily signs that this is the case without realizing. For example, do you find that headaches are common? Do you feel tired after working on your computer or laptop? Those could be things which would alert you to your possible need for vision help if you knew about them. Since you haven't noticed, an ophthalmologist will tell you after testing.

Possibility #2: You Have Treatable Eye Conditions

Even if you aren't having trouble reading signs or other everyday issues, your eyes could be developing other conditions that need surgery or other treatment. For example, if your vision is cloudy at times, you may attribute that to age or feeling tired when your eyes are in fact developing cataracts. If at night, bright lights are surrounded by what appear to be rainbow orbs, that too can be blamed on age; however, it could be glaucoma. Regular testing allows the ophthalmologist to find and treat those problems before they become intrusive in your life.

Possibility #3: You Cope with Dry Eyes

Dry eyes aren't even something you think is a problem even if you're aware of it. However, your eyes can experience relief. With prescription drops or a review of all your other medications to see if you're possibly having side effects of a different disease, your ophthalmologist can give you the gift of eyes that aren't always hurting and dry.

Possibility #4: You Have Serious Diseases in other Parts of Your Body

Many diseases, like diabetes or elevated blood pressure, have effects on your eyes. Your eye doctor may not test your blood or give you a blood pressure test, but by observing the optic nerve and the blood vessels in your eyes, they can see issues which lead them to believe you need to be seen by a physician right away, even if you're completely asymptomatic.

Eye testing is a valuable experience. Drop by an ophthalmologist's office soon to get information that will enrich your life


20 November 2017