2440 Ravine Way, Suites 500-600
Glenview, IL 60025

Phone: 847.724.9400

Child's First Visit

What to expect for your child's first visit:

 

You should allow two hours for the initial complete exam. This includes waiting time for the eye dilation drops to work (usually 30-60 minutes) as well as an examination before and after the drops. The examination itself is not painful. The eye drops used are designed for children & infants and will be uncomfortable for about a minute. As the drops begin to work and dilate the pupils, your child may have temporary blurring of vision, especially at near. The effects of the drops start to wear off in a few hours. Although the black pupils may remain larger and sometimes unequal for several days after the drops, normal function usually returns within 6-24 hours for children and 2-4 hours for adults. You may choose not to warn your child ahead of time about the drops since the anticipation is sometimes worse than the drops themselves. Light sensitivity is present in all age groups. A pair of sunglasses will minimize this. Young adults should bring a driver to appointments in which they will be dilated. 

Be prepared at the time of the visit to give detailed information concerning any eye problems, including the age at which any abnormalities were first noticed, and which eye appears to be involved. If the patient has been treated for this problem in the past, give us the dates and specific type of treatment, and if surgery has been done, the exact operation and the names of the hospital and the surgeon. A copy of the previous doctor’s records is always helpful and appreciated. 

If your child currently wears glasses, please bring them with you. If they have contact lenses, please have them wear them to the office and bring the contact lenses prescription or the boxes in which they come. Lists of current medications are also helpful.

To reduce your time in the office, please print the Minou Colis, MD  Pediatric Ophthalmology History Form prior to your visit. Fill out the questionnaires and forms, and bring them with you when you come. 

Your child's vision will be carefully checked with age-appropriate tests. If your child is younger, please review the following pictures with your child, if they are able. It will allow for easier vision testing in the office. If they will not say them, try to create a matching game. You can print this page and use the images below as part of the game. 

If your child is able, have them practice with the letters below. We have charts with these letters only and others with the entire alphabet or numbers.

Attention will be directed to the problem or concern noted by parents or children; however, a complete exam is usually performed. This includes testing the eye muscle balance and stereopsis / depth perception, color vision testing, and examination of the outer and inner eye structures. Glasses are prescribed when appropriate. 

The prescription for glasses in young children does not necessarily require a verbal response from the child.  Dilating drops are necessary to obtain an accurate prescrition for glasses for children.

 

 

Minou Colis, MD