To help the eye care provider recommend the right eyeglasses for teen’s vision and lifestyle needs, it is important to share with the provider as much information as possible about the teen’s school, sports and other recreational activities, as well as any other factors that might influence the glasses he or she recommends. The more the eye care provider knows about the teen’s activities and any problems or symptoms he or she is experiencing, the better match the glasses will be for your teen’s needs.
- Tell their story – encourage your teenager to tell the eye care provider about his or her television and other screen time usage, what sports they’re involved in and how much time they spend outdoors. Supplying the eye care provider with as much information as possible, and asking them questions, will help him or her generate questions for the teen patient and arrive at recommendations that best suit the teen’s needs.
- Remember why the appointment was made in the first place – Are there complaints about headaches, blurry eyes or painful vision. Is school performance suffering? Are there other vision problem warning signs? The eye care provider needs to know why the appointment was made and if it is for any reason other than a checkup.
- Encourage teens to be honest and to take their time – Receiving the correct prescription is tied directly to how truthfully the teen responds when asked to rate the lens strength as “better one” or “better two?” Encourage your teenager to take their time and assess honestly which is better. Sometimes there is no difference and the teen needs to know that is an acceptable option too. Encourage your teenager to ask any questions they might have, and feel free to ask any questions that you may have during the process.