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Your Child's Eye Care Visit


What to expect during your child's eye care visit.

Before your visit
We want your visit to be accurate and productive. Talk with your child before their exam to help them understand why someone will be looking in their eyes. Encourage them to ask questions to help reduce their fears.

Web references for eye care topics
Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Your first visit
Arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork including your address, telephone number, and a close relative’s contact information.

Why we sometimes dilate your child's eyes
Dilation is still the gold standard for diagnosing some eye diseases and conditions at their earliest stages. Getting eye drops can be challenging for some children. Prepare them by explaining that the drops may sting for a short time. Your child will wait about 30 minutes after getting the drops for the doctor to complete the exam.

All visits
Bring the following items:

  • Copy of the referral to your appointment
  • Your child's insurance card and social security card
  • Method of payment, since co-payment or payment is required at time of visit
  • Any reports from a previous MRIs, CT Scans or other lab tests, if applicable

After your visit
If your child’s eyes were dilated, the dilation may last through the next day. You can see a summary of your child's exam in the My Health at Vanderbilt portal at

After surgery, some children may require hospitalization, particularly if they have multiple medical problems. Children may also need to be admitted to the hospital if they have an acute trauma or injury to their eyes.

Last Edited: October 6, 2016
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