Pediatric ophthalmology is a subspecialty of ophthalmology that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of eye problems in children. A pediatric ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has completed specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye problems in children.
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If your child has a refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, glasses may be prescribed to correct their vision.
Contact lenses may be recommended for some children with refractive errors or other eye conditions.
Patching is a treatment for amblyopia that involves covering the stronger eye with a patch, which forces the weaker eye to work harder and strengthen the connection to the brain.
Surgery may be necessary for some conditions such as strabismus, congenital cataracts, ptosis, and retinoblastoma. Pediatric ophthalmologists use special techniques and equipment to ensure the best possible outcomes for their young patients.
Some conditions such as pediatric glaucoma may be treated with medication to lower the pressure inside the eye.
Vision therapy involves a series of exercises and activities designed to improve the connection between the eyes and the brain, and may be recommended for some children with certain eye conditions.