by Jim Boyle
Parents looking for child-friendly businesses have an eye care center in Otsego they can count on.
Bright Eyes Vision Clinic prides itself on its child-friendly atmosphere.
“We strive to be a place that parents can bring their children and feel comfortable,” Dr. Jill Schultz said.
That started with the construction of their newest facility in Otsego that includes a “home-like” setting and continues on throughout the operation of the center.
“We consider our kids in the decor, the instruments we use, the design and the products we carry,” Schultz said.
The doctors and staff at Bright Eyes have paid special attention to that child’s first visit to the eye doctor. On more than one occasion they have invited in families with children who have autism for a tour to take the mystery out of that first visit.
For others, they direct families to a book staff created to explain what the anxious child can expect.
“We try to anticipate the needs of our patients,” Schultz said. “We offer help to an overwhelmed parent, entertain siblings and do other things.”
Other things include careful word choices – like “games” instead of “tests” – when talking to young children.
“We don’t see children as a nuisance,” Schultz said. “We see them as our specialty.”
Bright Eyes Vision Clinic has a children’s play area with washable toys, books and movies that is an area where staff can help keep an eye on the kids while parents can relax and get their eyes checked.
“We have pretty fun jobs,” Schultz said. “I have always liked children and gravitated toward them early in my optometry career.
“It is an amazing feeling to diagnose or treat a vision problem that could change a life forever.”