When we took Zoe in for her first eye exam, I was still a bit in denial that there was any problem at all. Add to that Zoe’s meltdown by the end of the exam, and I really wasn’t prepared to ask any questions of the doctor. At her second appointment, the one in which she was prescribed glasses, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the outcome, but I was. And again, I was completely unprepared to ask any questions, except for “where on earth will we find glasses for her?” Luckily, Chris was with us at both appointments, and was able to ask some good questions, and more importantly, pay attention to the answers.
So here, are some questions I can think of, that I wish I’d asked. For those of you that are experienced at this sort of thing, what other questions do wish you had remembered to ask, or which questions you’re really glad you asked?
- What is the name of the diagnosis for my child’s vision problem? Can you spell it for me? Or can you write it down for me? (suggested by Jodi)
- Do you have any recommendations for placed to go for more information on this?
- If I have more questions at a later time, can I get a hold of you to ask them? What’s the best way / time to do so?
- When should we make another appointment for my child?
- Are there things I should watch out for between appointments? Should I bring my child in if I see those, or just call?
- If my child requires equipment (glasses, patches, etc), do you have any recommendations for where I could go to get these?
- Do any of my child’s relatives need evaluation? (Many conditions run in families and it can be beneficial to evaluate siblings and parents in some cases). Suggested by Dr. Bonilla-Warford.