Healthy eyes and good vision are important for children as they grow, learn and explore the world around them. Regular screenings and eye exams will help keep your child happy and healthy.
What is pediatric ophthalmology?
If you child is having an eye problem or needs evaluation or treatment for an eye condition, your child’s provider may provide a referral to see a pediatric ophthalmologist. A pediatric ophthalmologist is a medical doctor with special training in eye care for children. They have the skills and experience to treat vision and eye disorders.
Schedule regular eye exams
Children should get their eyes and vision checked regularly. Checking your child’s eyes should be a regular part of a wellness visit. Talk to your primary care provider about getting regular eye screenings for your child.
Eye conditions treated
The following are some of the eye conditions treated by pediatric ophthalmologists:
- Capillary hemangiomas
- Complex eye infections
- Inherited eye diseases
- Nasolacrimal (tear duct) disorders
- Ocular allergy
- Ocular cancers including retinoblastoma
- Pediatric glaucoma (high eye pressure)
- Refractive errors
- Retinopathy of prematurity
- Diseases that affect the eyes, such as diabetes or metabolic disorders