From the moment we arrived to see our Doctor of Optometry, the girls had their eyes on the prize, literally. Olivia had treasure on the mind for the full two weeks leading up to the appointment.
Did you know? Doctors of Optometry recommend infants have their first eye examination between six and nine months of age. Children should have at least one eye exam between the ages of two and five, and yearly after starting school to ensure optimal vision and development.
Big sister Olivia had her eyes examined the year before, so she knew about the great treasures that our optometrist hands out after the exam.
“Are you going to pick silly putty? Last time they had silly putty,” she told Violet in the car as we pulled up to the Doctor of Optometry office.
Experts recommend that children have their first eye exam between six and nine months of age, once between the ages of three and five, and annually once they start school. Olivia had her first exam at almost four, and at 18 months, Violet was about to have her eyes checked by an optometrist for the first time.
After waiting a few minutes, we all piled into the room to ‘take pictures of our eyes’ (as Olivia explained again to Violet). Hopping up on the chair, Olivia insisted on going first. After her ‘eye-photos’ were finished, she played assistant and pushed the button to take photos of Violet’s eyes, who was almost as eager (and a little more still).
Finishing up the photos, we made our way into the exam room where again, Olivia excitedly jumped up into the chair, and happily demonstrated her knowledge of the alphabet, before trying on the ‘robot glasses.’
Did you know? In many provinces, optometry visits for eye infections, eye injuries and other urgent care conditions are covered by provincial health insurance plans. Check with your Doctor of Optometry for specific coverage details.
Jamie and I were brought back into the days of our own childhood with a portion of the eye resembling those ‘Magic Eye’ posters where you have to look really close, and hard to see the picture hidden inside the patterns. It turns out children can often identify the ‘hidden’ images better than adults. It seems crazy, until you look at it. I was able to see one thing, where the kids were easily able to point out all three of four hidden images.
It was at this point of the exam that we learned Olivia is a little bit far-sighted. Nothing that requires intervention at this time (to the dismay of Olivia, who had her eye on a pair of purple glasses).
Those recommended annual check-ups for children? This is why we don’t skip a visit – it gives the Doctor of Optometry a baseline to compare future progress against, and develops a relationship should we need access to same-day care or treatment for an urgent issue, such as an eye infection or eye injury.
Next up, it was Violet’s turn, who identified the images on the screen like a champ. We snapped a quick photo of her ‘trying on the robot glasses’ and it might just be one her favorite photos. Coming out of the exam room, Jamie remarked on what a difference a year makes.
They made their way to the prizes, grabbed a juice box for the road and on we went with eye appointments checked off the to-do list for another twelve months.
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