H’s sight had been checked as a baby and at school in reception with the all clear on both occasions. As we approached the end of year one, I thought we’d better get H registered with an optician and start taking him for regular checkups. I didn’t have any concerns about his sight as he has always been able to spot quite small and quite distant things, but as I wear contacts and both families have a history of needing to correct sight, I thought it was wise.
Well at his first visit to the opticians, H never stopped talking. He was chatting away to the optician, asking about the test and providing a running commentary on what he could see (or not see). Now when you talk your head tends to move around a little, it’s difficult for an optician to get a clear view of your eyes. He was asked to stop talking and to keep still and he did for about 5 seconds, then he forgot and started again.
It was all good news in the end with no problems with his sight. What impressed me about H’s behaviour though was that he wasn’t shy or nervous. The chattiness did get in the way a bit, but he was happy and confident to talk away to the optician.