What To Look For In An Optmetrist For Your Child

Posted on: 20 January 2017

If you have a child who needs glasses you want to make sure you choose the right eye doctor to give them eye care until they are old enough to choose their own optometrist. Here are things you should look for in an optometrist for your child.

Flexible hours

Between your busy work and home life schedule and your child's regular school hours, it can be hard to find the best times to take your child in to have their eyes checked. You want to choose an optometrist who has weekend or late evening hours and a relaxed cancellation policy just in case you have to change an existing appointment. This way you can easily squeeze your child's eye care into your busy life and not the other way around.

Large selection of eye wear 

You will want to be able to buy glasses and contacts for your child at their eye doctor appointments for convenience and just in case you have questions about fit or prescriptions later. Choose an eye doctor who carries popular brands of glasses and prescription sunglasses. You also want to make sure their eye doctor carries a full line of contact lenses, including those for astigmatism, daily wear lenses, tinted contacts, and more. As your child grows, so will their taste in vision needs and you want to make sure you won't be stuck having to shop for eye wear online or at another optometrist's facility later due to lack of available options.

Fun waiting area

Staff should be friendly and welcoming, and waiting areas should be spacious and comfortable. A TV on the wall, books to read, quiet toys and board games, and even a snack area are all things you should look for in an eye doctor's office. You may need all the resources you can get to entertain other kids while your child goes through their exam or chooses their new glasses and you don't want to have to feel like everything is untouchable. Visit many optometrist's offices in your area and go with the one you would be least likely to feel uncomfortable waiting in. Make sure to pay attention to how well receptionists greet you when you walk in as you will be visiting and interacting with them more than the actual optometrist every time you take your child in for an exam.

The right optometrist can serve your child's vision needs until they are an adult. Look for key factors in an eye doctor's facility to help you make your final decision on which professional to work with.