Children are equally susceptible in acquiring eye diseases and vision problems just as much as adults are. A healthy vision plays a significant role in childhood development and as a parent, it is sometimes challenging for you to determine whether your child’s eyes are developing and functioning normally. At birth and during growth, children may have risk of developing congenital eye defects (present at birth) and other eye diseases or vision problems. Board certified ophthalmologists and optometrists at Keystone Eye Associates in Philadelphia City are highly capable and accomplished eye specialists who examine, diagnose and treat a wide range of pediatric eye diseases and vision problems. What benefits can you achieve by Pediatrics Eye Care from Keystone Eye Associates?
- • Personalized care
- • Treatment plan tailored according to the child’s individual condition
- • Successful results
- • Timely examination & diagnosis
Why choose the team of Keystone ophthalmologists for Pediatrics Eye Care? The highly skilled, experienced and committed eye doctors and surgeons at Keystone Eye Associates provide complete care of all eye problems arising in childhood. They offer eye examinations, diagnostic tests and a proper treatment plan for various eye diseases that affect young children. We are determined to provide achievable medical and surgical eye care for our patients. We always take special care that ensures the best outcomes for your child’s vision. If your child has an eye problem please contact our eye doctors through filling out our contact form or by calling us for immediate help. Pediatrics Eye Care Questions & Answers:
Why is Pediatrics eye examination so important?
Good vision plays a key role in a child’s physical development, educational success and overall well- being. The vision system is not yet fully developed in babies and young children therefore equal input is required from both eyes for the vision centers of the brain to develop normally. If the eyes of a young child cannot send clear images to the brain then various vision and eye development problems occur, but with early detection treatment can be effective. If there are no apparent vision problems occurring within the first years of a child’s life then parents are responsible for getting their child’s eyes evaluated before entering preschool and school, so that any unknown vision problems do not disrupt the child’s learning. During a comprehensive eye exam, the eye doctor checks for near vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, binocular vision, presence of astigmatism, eye movement skills and the ability to focus on a given object. If no vision problem is detected doctors recommend that parents must have their child’s eyes examined every two years. If the child requires eye glasses or contact lenses then it is highly recommended to have an annual eye examination as it helps to track and manage the potential changes in the child’s prescription.
What are common Pediatriceye diseases and how can they be treated?
Here’s a brief explanation of some of the most common pediatric eye diseases and the ways in which to treat them:
Amblyopia is commonly referred to as “lazy eye”, a condition in which any one of the eyes fails to develop correctly and cannot achieve normal vision. This condition usually begins in infancy and early childhood. Early detection can be treated eliminating the process of permanent visual impairment. If left untreated several visual impairments and vision loss of an affected eye is possible. The treatment of amblyopia depends on the exact cause of the condition. If the child has misaligned eyes (strabismus) then the strabismus surgery is recommended to realign the eyes. Eye patching and post-operative vision therapy is used to retrain eye muscles. If a cataract exists and interferes with the visual development then cataract surgery is recommended.
Conjunctivitis is commonly known as “pink eye” which is the inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, a clear membrane lining inside the eyelids.The eyes appear red or pink followed by itchiness and irritation. Bacteria, viruses, allergens and irritants are common causes of conjunctivitis. Treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis includes; eye drops or ointments and once treatment commences symptoms start to subside within a few days. It is recommended to complete the treatment course to avoid recurrence of infection.
Congenital ptosis is the condition in which one or both of the upper eyelids are drooped and this is usually apparent at birth. This droopiness can be mild, moderate or severe to such an extent that the eyelids cover the pupils and obstruct vision. If the condition is mild then there is no need for treatment but if the eyelids droop from moderate to severe then surgery is recommended in which the upper eyelids are brought back to a normal position so that normal vision can be developed.
A cataract is the condition in which the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy and as a result blurry vision occurs. Cataracts in children can occur in one eye or in both eyes or can be congenital. If a cataract occurs in the center of the lens then it may impede the vision and so surgical procedure is required to prevent impaired vision development and amblyopia.
The cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens and replaces it with artificial lens, known as intraocular lens (IOL). While some parents may exhibit concern over the surgery of their children, cataract surgery is the only option that can ensure proper vision development. In fact, it is better for the vision of the child if a cataract is detected and treated early. The eye doctors at Keystone Eye Associates have extensive experience with cataract surgery and post-surgery follow-up care of pediatric patients.