Zoe had her follow-up eye exam on Friday. She’s been to the eye clinic enough times now that she just marched in there like she owned the place. Which the receptionist commented, she kind of does. While I know that our ophthalmologist sees other children, the waiting room rarely has many kids in it, but Friday was an exception. There were three little boys, probably all under the age of 5. Clearly they had not been there often because they didn’t know where the secret stash of legos are kept. Zoe and I walked over to the kids table, took off the top to expose the lego surface and the little pail of legos and eye patch cards. All of a sudden, I was the most popular adult in the room as the other boys came running over to check everything out. There wasn’t really enough toys or space around the table for everyone, so I managed to snag a couple of legos to keep Zoe entertained.
When we went in for the first part of the exam with the nurse, Zoe was much shyer than normal, and even hid her face in my shoulder. “We may have scarred eye exams for her,” the nurse commented. But then she pulled out her plush tiger that Zoe loves when she’s there, and all was forgiven. Happily, Zoe has full range of motion in her eyes, and very good distance vision.
The second part of the exam with the doctor was a bit less calm. Zoe was fine until the doctor took her glasses off to take a better look at her eyes. That set her to crying into my shoulder and refusing to move her face to let anyone look at her. Her ophthalmologist took her glasses and left the room, saying she was going to clean the glasses. That gave Zoe a minute to calm down and be distracted by more toys. When the doctor came back, she was fine for the rest of the exam. She still crosses her eyes a bit when her glasses are off, but that was expected. Her prescription has stayed the same, and the doctor thought that while her glasses are getting small, we probably don’t need to replace the frames yet. So we’re going to try to go another 3 months until the next appt before replacing the frames.
I really appreciate how everyone at the office is so kind with Zoe and understanding of how a not-quite-2-year-old can be, and now to put her at ease. How are your kids at their exams? Do they get upset or throw fits at the exams? How is the doctor’s office? More importantly, how are the toys?