My Child is Nervous About Their Eye Exam. What Can I Tell Them?

There’s no reason to be nervous about pediatric eye exams in Modesto, CA, but some kids still get anxious when they think about going to the eye doctor. At Advanced Optometric Services, we’re experienced in helping kids feel comfortable for their eye exams.

We also help parents talk to their children about their eye exams. If you need some talking points that can help put your child at ease before their next eye exam, here’s what you can tell them.

Eye Exams Don’t Hurt

Sometimes kids are afraid to go to the eye doctor because they’re worried that the eye exam will hurt. Eye exams are not painful! Exams can be uncomfortable at certain points – involving bright lights, puffs of air – but we’ll be happy to describe to your child everything that we’re doing before we do it, so your child will be prepared for every step of the way.

Getting Glasses Can Solve Some Problems

Does your child have a hard time concentrating in school? Is reading difficult for your child? Does your child lack reading stamina? Getting glasses can help solve some of these problems. If your child has academic trouble that bothers them, tell your child that getting glasses can help solve these problems.

Glasses Can Help You Express Your Personality

Glasses come in a range of colors, can be made from plastic or wire, and come in many shapes and sizes. The right pair of glasses can help your child express themselves through dress and personal appearance.

If your child is having trouble seeing but feeling nervous about getting their eyes examined, consider taking your child to the eye doctor in Modesto to look at eye glasses. After looking at all the glasses possibilities, your child might be excited to see the eye doctor!

Signs Your Child Needs Glasses  

Children’s vision development should come normally. In ideal situations, your child’s eyes will grow properly and without any need for glasses. But in reality that may not always be the case. As your child develops, their eyes might inherit certain genetic disorders, which will start to give them blurry vision even in their early years. Here are common signs your child might need glasses in the future.


If your child is squinting, this is a sign that they may need glasses. You might even ask them why they are squinting and they may not realize it or they may say they’re just tired. Take note of this and see if they squint under certain circumstances, such as when they’re outside and looking at objects in the distance or close up.

Frequent Closing of the Eyes

People of all ages with vision problems often will try and “reset” their eyes by frequently closing them to try and get a better focus. See if your child does this. Your child may even rub their eyes with their fist or hands or they might put one hand over their eyes to get a better view of something they are trying to focus on. If they do this often it’s a good sign that they’re reaching a stage where they need glasses.

Frequent Headaches

When your child can’t see properly, it causes eye strain. In turn, this constant straining leads to chronic headaches. If your child is always complaining that their head hurts, you might want to bring them to the eye doctor in Modesto for a vision checkup before doing anything else.

Your child may not be able to properly vocalize that they can’t see well. They may even think that their blurred vision is normal. It’s up to you as a parent to look for signs that your child may need glasses. To schedule your child’s eye exam, please contact us today.