Schedule an Eye Exam During Spring Break
With Spring Break approaching, it’s the perfect opportunity to schedule your children’s’ eye exams. As much as they’ll dread it, they’ll be grateful later on that it’s over and didn’t take up all of their Spring Break.
Let them know that the eye exam can take an hour or more, depending on the number of tests the doctor has to run.
Each eye doctor is different, but most eye exams follow a similar pattern. First, the eye doctor will look over their chart and ask you about the family history.
Then, they’ll conduct tests to check for:
- Vision – The doctor will check your child for nearsightedness and farsightedness. Explain to your child that they will look at an eye chart while the doctor measures their vision precisely.
- Coordination of eye muscles – The doctor will move a light in a set pattern to test their ability to use both eyes together.
- Side vision
- Pupil response to light – The doctor will shine a light in their eye and watch the pupil’s reaction.
- Eyelid health and function
- The interior and back of the eye – After dilating their eyes (depending on the age of the child), the doctor will use a special instrument to see through to the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye
- Measurement of fluid pressure – The doctor will release a puff of air onto their eyeball (again, depending on the age of the child). This tests the pressure inside the eyeball, an early indicator of Glaucoma and other diseases.
There’s no reason for the child to be nervous. If they were a star patient, reward them for a job well done.
Schedule their annual eye exams today and get them out of the way!