Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Eye Doctor

I recently had an eye doctor appointment.  During my visit, I asked my doctor at what age kids should have their eyes checked for the first time.  He replied, "6 months."  Well, we missed that.  I made an appointment for him on my way out, which was for Tuesday of this week.  I informed Miles about going to the eye doctor on Monday night as I was tucking him in bed.  Terrible timing on my part.  He whimpered and started freaking out a little bit.  I told him not to worry, and hoped for the best. 

When I picked him up from school on Tuesday, he said that he wasn't scared anymore b/c his friends at school told him that it was ok.  Thank goodness for his knowledgeable friends. 

He made this hat at school and wanted to wear it to the appointment.  Pick your battles.  As we were walking in, a man walking out asked him if it was his rain hat, to which Miles sternly replied, "It's a falcon."  I don't know how the man didn't know that.

We waited a few minutes and then it was time to get started.  I thought the appointment would last around 10-15 minutes.  We were there for over an hour and a half.  I had to have one of my eyes examined, but still, Miles was completely cooperative and said at the end of the appointment, that Dr. Gilliam is his favorite doctor, even over the dentist.  Dr. Bates didn't stand a chance since they give shots, but I thought Dr. Matt, his dentist, would be stiff competition.

He loved everything...

...and was so proud that he knew his letters...

Dr. Gilliam is amazing with kids. He has five of his own, so that certainly doesn't hurt. At one point, I was a little anxious b/c Miles wasn't quick to cooperate, and Dr. Gilliam told me that Miles was fine & to give him a minute.  I realized at that moment that Dr. Gilliam had it under control and I just needed to let him deal with Miles. 

I love how Miles is studying the picture in this one...

He even let Dr. Gilliam dilate his eyes.  Miles was not a fan of his eyes being blurry.  Later that night as we were watching TV he said, "I just want my eyes not to be blurry."  I felt sorry for him.  As a friend pointed out, at least he will know that something is wrong if his eyesight ever changes.

We used the stickers they gave him to pass the time while his eyes were dilating....

It was a very long, but good visit.  He is a little farsighted, but that is very normal at this age.  He said they hope for 20/30 at this age and he is actually 20/25.  Dr. Gilliam was very impressed with him and even said that he was a pleasure. 

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