After we discovered the lazy eye, we’re now under the hospital’s guidance and find ourselves visiting on a three monthly basis. It’s not easy with a toddler and two hour minimum appointments which can often include having to have eye drops.
We soon learnt that whilst the hospital has a lovely waiting room, it can get a little cramped with lots of children of varying ages from young babies to older children, parents of said children, push chairs and then there’s the toys that the hospital provide to keep the children entertained.
With 7yo being a toddler, there was limited things we could do with her, but there are some tips for entertaining your toddler at the eye hospital, that we learnt made our time a lot easier during the appointment that could be laid out as follows
- Sign In
- Wait to see the Doctor for eye drops
- Back to waiting room to let eye drops dilate the pupils (dealing with an upset toddler who has had eye drops put in)
- Waiting for a nurse to come and check if eye drops have worked
- Waiting to go back to the Doctor for the eye test.
- Hopefully then going home.
It’s usually the eye drops process that upset her the most. It’s difficult to explain to a toddler the reasons why she’s having drops, and also consoling her and keeping her eyes open so they do their work.
If I could give any other parents any tips for going through the same or similar situations, then they would be:-
- Take snacks and drinks for the wait
- Use the buggy as it can be easy to sit a toddler in a buggy and hold their hand whilst eye drops are being administered than sometimes it can be when they’re on your lap. Hold their hand to comfort them and have a cuddle afterwards.
- Read books to pass the time, and look at pictures.
- If the child has a comforter, don’t leave it at home!
- Try not to get an appointment over a meal or nap time. You know your child so work around them not the hospital. The eye clinic is usually pretty good on times.
We stayed under the hospital care until our daughter was five years old, and would soon have to go through eye patching with her. To be continued.