Dr. Nate knows that sometimes a pediatric eye doctor needs to do things that can be scary. Eye drops can be stressful for kids and parents, and this is why we have “Drama Free Drops” for your child. Another area that can be difficult is the “air puff test.” But don’t worry; we don’t even own that machine! We use other, more kid-friendly methods for that. At Bright Eyes Kids, we believe that eye drops don’t have to be scary. Here’s why:
- First, we believe in bonding with the patient from the very beginning of the exam. This builds a level of trust and reduces worry about the eye drops.
- Second, we always give patients different options for the eye drops. This helps them feel like they are in control and further reduces their fears.
- Third, we let them get comfortable and encourage a parent to hold their hand if desired. If they are especially anxious, they may want to bring a special stuffed animal or blanket.
- Finally, we talk in a calm, soothing way, and before they know it, the drops are in and they can go out to the waiting area to play or look at glasses.
Some more good info to know:
- We recommend dilation eye drops for every patient during the comprehensive exam. It doesn’t matter if they are 6 months old or 60 years old. Dilation makes the pupil larger so that we can see the nerves and blood vessels in the back of the eyes. This is important to make sure that a patient’s eyes are completely healthy.
- Dilation drops make light seem brighter and make up-close vision blurry. Depending on the type of drop we use, this can last from a few hours or longer. We will let you know what to expect.
- We believe in being honest with our patients. We therefore recommend that doctors, staff, and parents avoid telling children that “the drops don’t hurt,” because if the child then feels discomfort during the process, it can damage trust. Instead, we may say something like “You might feel a tingle, but it will go away quickly.”
- It might not be a good idea to go to the beach after dilation, but children can leave the office and resume their normal day and go to school. They should wear their normal sunglasses. If they did not bring sunglasses, we will provide a temporary pair.
- Please let us know if your child has had a bad experience with drops in the past, either while receiving them or due to some type of reaction after the fact.