Pediatric Ophthalmology

Children can be afflicted by many eye diseases. They may be born with or may develop cataracts, glaucoma, retinal and orbital tumors, or other problems. More commonly, children may need glasses to see more clearly or intervention for misaligned eyes (strabismus) or poor visual development in one eye (amblyopia). The management of eye problems in children requires special knowledge and skills. Even before a child can speak, pediatric ophthalmologists can tell what a child sees, if he or she needs eyeglasses or contact lenses, and if any problems exist with the eyes. Children are not miniature adults, and their eye problems require diagnostic and treatment methods that are usually different from those used in the older age group.  

Any of the following signs or symptoms may be indicative of several serious eye problems. If your child experiences any of the following, see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible:   

  • Pain in or around the eye
  • One eye turns in toward the nose or wanders out toward the ear, either constantly or occasionally
  • Eyes that do not appear to look in the same direction
  • Child tilts or turns head when looking intently
  • One eye closes occasionally, especially when the child is outside
  • Eyes shake or vibrate
  • Child covers one eye to look at things
  • Squints, or squeezes eyes nearly closed, to see
  • Cannot identify things across the room or farther away
  • Frequent rubbing of eye
  • Discharge from eyes (stuck together in the morning)
  • Droopy eyelids
  • A white pupil in one or both eyes
  • Eyes tearing or wet-looking, when not crying
  • Any swelling or lump in or around the eyes or eyelids
  • Any difference in size, shape, or color of any part of the eye (i.e., pupil) or eyelids
  • Redness of the eye
  • Functionally one-eyed

Request a Pediatric Examination for your child, call our office at 1-833-921-6200 or click here. 

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