I've worn glasses since I was around 9 or 10 years old. 2 weeks ago, I had an eye test and found that my right eye had slightly changed but after 2 years with the same frames, I decided to get new ones. My optometrist asked if C would be okay with getting his eyes checked. I was a bit dubious but agreed and took him last week as I picked up my own new specs.
I mentioned before that he has a bit of an attitude at the moment so I wasn't sure how he'd get on or how the test would even work. When we got there, I sat him on my knee in the chair and the optician gave him a pair of 3D glasses to wear and made him look at a 3D image of a fly. He hovered his hand above the fly and I was told that the glasses would make the wings pop out so it was a good sign that he could see that.
Next, he refused to wear the empty frames that the lenses slip into so we had to make do with the optician hovering them over his eyes and shining a light in. He sat relatively well so she was able to see everything she needed.
At this point, I was told that most children at C's age (2) have a bit of a prescription as their eyes are still developing but she would be able to tell whether or not his was normal.
Next he needed eye drops out in so that she could see more clearly into his eyes. She did say that this would sting going in and that his pupils would be dilated for a few hours after so he may not like the light. I automatically thought "there is no way that he will take this well" but he really surprised me. All I had to do was hold his arms down and his head in place while she put them in. She was able to do it with his eyes closed which helped!
We had to wait outside for 15 minutes for this to take effect then we were called back in to do the lens/light test again. By this point he was getting a bit sick of it and didn't like the light being shone in his eyes so he would only let her look for a second before saying no and turning away. He got a sticker (which he preferred to carry instead of wear) so he was very happy after that!