Making Eye Appointments FUN!

We are frequent visitors of our PO office. I like to joke that we need a “Fast Pass” like they have at Disney!  As a parent, I struggle with how to not only make our eye appointments survivable, but fun. I bring my normal “bag of tricks” including books, crayons, puzzles, and other fun little things to keep them occupied.   As you all know, most visits are at least 1 hour, much longer if they need to dilate eyes and cooperation is really essential.  I just read an article that stated you only have on average 12 minutes with the DR and need to make the most of this time.  Well, my kids are usually a little board and not so cooperative by the time we are called back into the exam room.   When Elliana was younger, we would bring a bag of M&M’s (the only time she got sweets) every time she answered the PO’s questions (didn’t matter if the answer was right or wrong) or read the letters, she got an M&M.  This worked fantastic.  But then we needed to change it up to keep things exciting.  So, we planned a trip to get a slushie through the drive through on the way home from the visits.  Again, this worked out well, but I didn’t like the fact that I was rewarding good behavior with food again.  So, back to the drawing board.  When I stopped at a consignment shop and found a gigantic bag of My Little Ponies for $3.00, I knew I had hit the jackpot.  Now, for the last year, I bring a new pony to each visit.  I give my daughter the pony when the eye exam begins and the pony helps her read the letters.  Elliana can then add the pony to her collection.  It is a WIN- WIN situation.  She looks forward to her eye visits and meeting the new pony, the PO can get her testing in, and I am glad to find a non-sugar food way to make the appointments fun!

One response to “Making Eye Appointments FUN!

  1. Love this! I’m sure Zoe would, too. We usually pack one of Z’s bags with whichever toy she wants, but I love the idea of the toy helping to read the letters.

    I read a post about a dad get his son to cooperate by telling him the exam was like a video ga e. I’ll have to see if I can find that one


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