Children cannot always say what is bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions and are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a medical examination. If your child has an eye problem, is in requirement of surgery or medical treatment, or is having difficulty with reading or seeing at distances, a pediatric ophthalmologist has the experience and qualifications to treat your child. Pediatric ophthalmologists are well-qualified and know how to examine and treat children in a manner that is friendly, thereby encouraging them to stay relaxed and cooperate accordingly. In addition, pediatric ophthalmologists use equipment specially designed for children.
Pediatric ophthalmologists can diagnose, treat, and manage the eye conditions of children. They generally provide the following services:
- Eye tests
- Perform surgery, microsurgery, and laser surgery (for problems like weak eye muscles, crossed eyes, wandering eyes, blocked tear ducts, retinal problems, and infections)
- Diagnose problems of the eye caused by diseases of the body such as diabetes or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and other medical and neurological diseases
- Diagnose visual processing disorders
- Provide treatment for eye injuries
- Prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses