A Pediatric Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has taken all the training of a regular ophthalmologist, but has in addition spent one to two years studying children’s eye conditions and diseases. Most importantly, pediatric ophthalmologists are trained in the brains vision development. Long before your child has developed language skills, a pediatric ophthalmologist can tell what your child is able to see. In addition, a pediatric ophthalmologist is trained in different methods of examination which make children feel more relaxed and at ease during the exam process.
Your pediatrician usually checks your child’s eyes during his or her first year of life. Should your pediatrician or family doctor detect an eye problem, they may refer your child to a pediatric ophthalmologist for a more detailed assessment.
Many problems with children’s eyes have the best results when treated early in a patient’s life. If your child is having a problem which may be related to their eyes, an exam of the child’s eyes is extremely important. School eye screenings may also detect a problem, which require further evaluation.
The following is a list of some signs and symptoms of pediatric eye problems: