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Parent question: “Which 5 questions should I ask my child’s eye doctor?”

by | Jan 26, 2023 | Blog | 0 comments

When it comes to your child’s eye health, it is important to have all of your questions and concerns addressed by their eye doctor.

Here are five questions that you may want to ask during your child’s eye exam:

  1. What is the reason for the eye exam? It is important to understand why your child is having an eye exam, whether it is for a routine check-up, to address a specific concern, or as part of a larger medical evaluation. This will help you to understand the purpose of the exam and what to expect.
  2. How will the eye exam be conducted? It is helpful to know what tests and procedures your child’s eye doctor will be performing during the exam. This may include measures of visual acuity, assessments of the health of the eye and surrounding structures, and tests of eye movement and coordination. Knowing what to expect can help you to prepare your child for the exam and alleviate any anxiety they may have.
  3. What should I do to prepare for the eye exam? Your child’s eye doctor may have specific instructions for you to follow before the exam, such as avoiding certain medications or foods that may affect the test results. It is important to follow these instructions to ensure that the exam is as accurate and informative as possible.
  4. What are the potential risks or side effects of the tests and treatments? While most eye exams and treatments are generally safe, it is important to understand any potential risks or side effects that may be associated with them. This will help you to make an informed decision about your child’s care and to identify any potential problems early on.
  5. What is the plan for follow-up care? It is important to understand what the next steps are after the eye exam, whether it is to return for a follow-up exam, to start a treatment plan, or to continue with routine care. Knowing the plan for follow-up care will help you to ensure that your child’s eye health is properly managed.

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