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first eye exam

4 Surefire Strategies to Prepare for your Child’s First Eye Exam

If you’ve been dreading your child’s first eye exam because you think they will be scared or they won’t cooperate with the doctor, stop worrying!  And more importantly, don’t let that discourage you from bringing them in.  Regular eye exams starting at a very young age are so important for healthy vision.  And there are many things you can do to prepare your child before your visit.  Just remember, taking your child for their first eye exam does not have to be a stressful event.  Just follow these proven tips and you’re sure to have a productive appointment.


Select an Appointment Time That Works With Your Child’s Schedule

Kids, like all of us, tend to feel a little more energetic at certain times of the day.  So, if you want to make the optometrist visit as pleasant as possible, choose a time when your son or daughter is usually happy and well-rested.  Scheduling their first eye exam during your child’s usual meal or nap time, immediately after a nap, or at the end of a long day can result in a cranky child who is reluctant to participate in the vision assessment.  Don’t forget to allow additional time if your child’s eyes will be dilated or to select frames if needed.


Let Your Child Know What to Expect at Their First Eye Exam

Trying anything new can be scary, especially if it involves meeting a new eye doctor!  If your child knows what to expect, they will understand that there’s nothing to be afraid of.  Before your visit, explain that the doctor will examine their eyes in order to check their vision. This will probably involve putting some drops in their eyes as well as using a light to look into their eyes.  It might make their vision a little blurry for a minute, but the drops are not painful.

Additionally, let your child know that they will be asked to identify different letters or pictures, both close up and far away.  The doctor will give them easy instructions to follow during their exam and they need to try their best so the doctor can correctly diagnose any vision problems and offer a treatment as soon as possible.


Prepare for Possible Delays

The eye doctor will make every effort to see your child at the appointed time, but that doesn’t mean you won’t spend a little time in the waiting room completing paperwork.  And of course, as with any medical office, there is always the possibility of an emergency causing unexpected delays.  Prepare for any possible waiting time by bringing a few toys or books from home to keep your little ones occupied.


Make Sure Your Child is Comfortable

You know your child best and you know what their needs are when trying new things.  When it comes to a first eye exam, some kids hop on the exam chair without prompting, while others aren’t quite as brave.  If your young child is nervous or anxious, feel free to hold him or her in your lap during the assessment and examination.  Older children may feel more confident if you stay by their sides or sit in a nearby chair during the visit with the optometrist.

At Family Vision Development Center, we encourage healthy vision habits for all members of the family, starting as early as 6 months old!  Our skilled optometrists are not only trained in advanced vision therapy techniques, but they also make even our youngest patients feel comfortable and at ease during their visits.  Don’t wait any longer!  Call us at 630-862-2020 to schedule your appointment for that important first eye exam.


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optician position

Optician Position Available at Well-Respected Optometric Office

The Family Vision Development Center is expanding, and we are seeking an experienced Optician to join our growing private Optometry/Vision Therapy office located in Aurora.  We have a dynamic and energetic office with two Optometrists on staff. The successful Optician candidate should be prepared to work from 25 to 40 hours, which include morning and early evening hours with rotating Saturdays.

The candidate should be familiar with sales of glasses, contact lenses, contact lens training as well as a knowledge of pre-testing and pre-testing equipment. Additionally, experience with optical and medical billing is preferred but training will be provided. If you enjoy serving patients of all ages and have a strong work ethic and a desire to work in an optometric office with a unique perspective, we would like to talk with you!

Optician Job Responsibilities

  • Review Optometrist’s prescriptions and orders based on medical charts.
  • Operate pre-testing equipment or provide technician services as needed. Training will be provided.
  • Educate patients on their lens options and help them make educated choices about what is appropriate for their medical needs and lifestyle preferences.
  • Provide honest but compassionate feedback about eyewear choices.
  • Achieve and maintain the high office standards while attending to the patients’ needs.
  • Manage inventory of frames and contacts to ensure optimum customer satisfaction and product variety.
  • Communicate with the Optometrists with questions or concerns about prescriptions and any other eye-related issues.

Optician Qualifications and Skills

  • College degree preferred but high school or equivalent will be considered.
  • 2+ years experience in the optical field required, specifically with dispensing glasses and contact lenses.
  • Experience with all aspects of an optometric office including glasses and contact lenses.
  • Ability to operate optical equipment.
  • Excellent customer service, sales skills and attention to detail a must.


Pay:  $15.00 – $20.00


About Family Vision Development Center

We are a full-service vision center offering comprehensive vision exams for eyeglasses, contact lenses and management of ocular disease including glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and cataracts.

Our specialty is neuro-optometric rehabilitation and vision therapy services.  What we do at The Family Vision Development Center is outside the scope of most optometric offices. We are a unique facility whose specialty is the diagnosis and treatment of binocular (two-eyed) vision dysfunctions, learning-related vision issues and vision therapy.

Our patients trust us with their vision, and we do not take that responsibility lightly. In that respect, we continually strive to provide our patients with the most comprehensive neuro-optometric vision evaluations along with individualized treatment programs using the most current and effective equipment and methods.  Additionally, our philosophy of whole body wellness extends beyond the eyes. This refreshing view of vision care allows us to ‘see’ the whole person and make recommendations that extend beyond just clear vision and healthy eyes.

If you are interested in joining our team, see below to submit your resume.


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