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As a parent, you want to make sure your child is healthy. But when vision problems arise, you may need to seek out the help of a pediatric optometrist. If that’s the case, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. What kind of questions should you ask in order to make sure you’re picking the best doctor for your child?

This article will address five of the key questions you should ask before making a final decision on who will be your kids’ optometrist

Article overview:

  1. What stage of development is my child at?
  2. Why is my child having vision problems?
  3. How can you help treat my child?
  4. Should I be monitoring their symptoms?
  5. What else do I need to know?

Stages and Ages

Obviously, you already know how old your child is, but a more specific understanding of their development at a given age will help you better understand their vision health. 

Infants, toddlers, young children and adolescents will all be at different stages in their physical development, so they may need different kinds of eye exams or treatments. Ask your doctor about how your child’s age will impact their course of care, as this can be a strong indicator of their expertise and professional trustworthiness.

What’s the problem?

After conducting the appropriate exam, your pediatric optometrist may tell you that your child is having vision problems. Be sure to ask for a specific name of the condition so you can conduct further research if necessary, and to assess the technical knowledge of the professional. It’s also important to communicate with your child that simply because there is a problem with their eyesight, there is absolutely nothing wrong with them and you love them exactly the same.

Treatment

Like any doctor, a good kids’ optometrist will recommend a course of treatment following appropriate diagnosis. It’s important to understand how intensive follow-up procedures may be. For instance, will your child need glasses, contacts, medication, or surgery? If your optometrist goes into detail on their recommended treatment plan and its historical success, this is a great sign of their competence. 

Symptom Checking

As a parent, you want to do whatever you can to minimize your child’s health problems and give them the greatest chance at a vibrant future. This means that any kind of diagnosis, including visual acuity issues, will require some of your responsibility and oversight. Ask your kids’ optometrist what you can do in order to monitor your child symptoms, as well as how to proceed if you notice any signs of worsening in their condition.

Is there more to know?

Whether it’s optometry or oncology, the medical field is never one-dimensional or simple. In other words, there’s always something new to learn. Even if your child has great vision and leaves with a clean bill of optical health, don’t be afraid to ask questions about potential future problems. For instance, if you have a family history of age-related blindness or astigmatism, this is important to discuss even if it didn’t come up during the examination. When it comes to protecting your child’s wellbeing, you can never know too much!

Conclusion

It may be difficult to know whether you’re making the right decision in choosing your kids’ optometrist. That’s why asking questions before, during, and after exams are so crucial. If you feel uncertain about your child’s vision, hesitant to book a follow-up appointment with another doctor, or unsure of whether they need an eye exam at all, it may be time to find a new optometrist. 


If you’re looking for a kids’ optometrist, feel free to contact us at Spectrum Eye Care. Our team of compassionate, educated professionals is here to answer any questions you might have about visual health for your child, for yourself, and for everyone else in your family.