For kids, doing something for the first time can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Here we will answer all of your questions and prepare you before your child’s first visit.
The first visit at KOHARAEYE is a chance for us all to get to know one another, better understand what’s going on with your child’s eyes and determine the best path forward.
How to Prepare
Our first appointment together will be approximately one hour. During those 60 minutes we will ask many questions about your child’s eye condition and medical history.
We might ask things like:
- Does anyone in your family (grandparents, parents or siblings) have an eye condition?
- When did you start noticing your symptoms?
- What makes your symptoms better or worse?
- What treatments have you tried?
We may also collect information regarding your child’s general health and well-being, such as:
- Previous eye exam records
- Medical problems in the past
- Prior surgeries
- Medications your child is currently taking
- Environmental factors that could be affecting your child’s eye health
- Birth history
Taking a few minutes ahead of time to jot down notes, questions and concerns will ensure you get the most out of our time together. In fact, we hope you will come prepared with as many questions for us as we will have for you!
WHAT to Bring
If you have vision or medical insurance that you are hoping to use, make sure to bring your insurance card with you to the first visit. Also, don’t forget to bring any existing glasses, eyedrops or medications your child may have.
WHO to Bring
Due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, we ask that only one parent or legal guardian accompany your child for the visit. For infants and small children, it will be most helpful for you to hold them in your lap during the assessment. Older children will be asked to sit in an exam chair and parents and guardians can have a seat in one of the available exam room chairs.
Measuring Visual Acuity
After we’ve chatted in the exam room for a little while, we will measure your vision through a series of tests. Dr. Kohara will use a variety of instruments, bright lights and different lenses to evaluate your child’s eyes. She will be closely examining many things, including:
- Eye alignment
- Focusing ability
- Light reflexes
- How your eyes function individually and together
- Pressure inside of the eye
- Internal and external parts of the eye
These tests will give Dr. Kohara a better idea of what’s going on with your child’s vision and the best treatment plan moving forward.
Before you leave…
We encourage parents and patients to have Dr. Kohara clarify any questions or concerns you may have. We want everyone to feel comfortable and confident in the exam and any diagnoses.