Preparing for your appointment

You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in treating eye disorders in children (pediatric ophthalmologist).

Because appointments can be brief and there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to arrive prepared. Here's some information to help you get ready.

What you can do

Make a list of the following:

  • Symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason why you scheduled the appointment
  • All medications, vitamins and supplements your child is taking, including doses
  • Key medical information, including other conditions or allergies your child has
  • Any family history of eye problems, such as lazy eye, cataracts or glaucoma
  • Questions to ask your doctor

Questions to ask your doctor

For lazy eye, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is the likely cause of my child's lazy eye?
  • Is there any other possible diagnosis?
  • What treatment options are most likely to help my child?
  • How much improvement can we expect with treatment?
  • Is my child at risk of other complications from this condition?
  • Is my child at risk of a recurrence of this condition?
  • What treatment options are available if there is a recurrence?
  • How often should my child be seen for follow-up visits?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • Does your child appear to have problems seeing well?
  • Do your child's eyes ever appear to cross or wander?
  • Does your child hold things close?
  • Does your child squint?
  • Have you noticed anything else unusual about your child's vision?
  • Do your child's eyelids droop?
  • Have your child's eyes been injured?