In our last post, we discussed the importance of creating a child-friendly atmosphere in your practice. As an eye care professional, you have the privilege of forging a relationship with some of your patients from their very first eye exam onward. When treating these patients, it is important for you and parents to understand the developmental milestones associated with various stages of their lives.
Parents: The Frontline of Visual Health
While preparing your practice for children is essential, it is equally important to be prepared for parents. If you direct parents to resources and knowledge related to their children’s vision, then you improve the chances of those children learning good vision care habits. Parents know their children’s behaviours, complaints, and health history more intimately than you. With proper knowledge, they can prepare their children for healthy and successful futures.
By arming parents with resources and knowledge, you give them a greater chance of preventing declining eye health. If parents know why they should bring their children in for frequent eye exams, or know the warning signs of eye problems, they can prevent chronic eye conditions or treat them as early as possible. Teach parents to closely observe the frequency of their children’s headaches, how often they rub their eyes, or how much their eyes water, and you may catch an issue before it becomes serious.
If their children do need spectacles, coach the parents on what behaviours to discourage. According to a survey conducted by PPG and Hoya Vision Care, 78% of parents believe their children understand the importance of proper eyewear care, and yet:
66% report their children regularly drop their spectacles
55% report children wiping spectacles with their shirt, a tissue, a towel, their fingers, etc.
55% report children taking their spectacles off with one hand
54% report children neglecting to place spectacles in their case when not wearing them.
Bringing these problem behaviours to the parents’ attention will help them monitor and set a better example for their children.
The Right Lenses
50% of parents in the above-mentioned survey said that their children’s corrective eyewear must have a combination of features. Their lenses must offer the clearest vision, be thin and lightweight, and offer the best impact resistance and UV protection. Seventy-five percent of parents said it is important for their children’s lenses to be made with the most advanced technology.
By recommending Trivex lenses for your pediatric patients, you are ensuring that all of their visual needs and their parents’ concerns are met. Trivex’s unparalleled impact resistance and 100% UV protection are ideal for any activity. They offer the best visual acuity of any lens material and can be manufactured to any lens type, including all tinted and progressive lenses. Trivex lenses will give your young patients the visual advantage they need -- in childhood and beyond.