Pediatric Eye Care
Pediatric Eye Exams in Marietta
The physicians at Marietta Eye Clinic focus on pediatric eye care, diagnosing and treating children’s diseases and disorders.
Eye care for children is different than adults because children’s eyesight develops rapidly in the first months and years of life. It is recommended that children receive their first eye exam by the age of 3 because most developmental eye problems must be diagnosed and treated before the age of 5 to have a chance of fully recovering.
Reasons to Schedule Pediatric Ophthalmology Exam
- Failed school and pediatrician vision screens
- Observation of child's eye misalignment or movement disorder (crossing, walleye, wandering, drifting up or out, etc...)
- Slow eyesight development
- Child complaining of vision or pain
- Eye rubbing or redness/discharge
- Family history of childhood eye problems
- Adult misalignment or movement disorder (ie. crossing, turned out, etc...)
- Double vision
Video: Children's Eye Exams
Common Pediatric Eye Conditions
Strabismus (Wandering Eyes or Crossed Eyes)
Strabismus is an eye muscle coordination issue that develops from the extraocular muscle, or a brain disorder. The brain controls the muscles needed to align both eyes correctly. That is why strabismus is more common in children with certain disorders that affect the brain such as premature babies or disabilities like cerebral palsy.
It occurs when eyes do not align with one another while focusing on the same point. It may appear that each eye is looking in a different direction. One eye may look straight ahead while the other eye may be turned downward, inward or outward. Strabismus prevents patients from being able to have binocular vision resulting in poor depth perception or double vision.
Treatment for Crossed Eyes
Strabismus may benefit from treatment by glasses or surgery. If strabismus is left untreated it may result in amblyopia, or a “lazy eye.” If the eyes are held straight with glasses the child’s vision will need to be watched to make sure the proper visual development is happening. If alignment does not improve through glasses, surgery may be necessary.
Amblyopia (“Lazy Eye”)
If a child has amblyopia it is important to try to correct it while they are still young. This condition occurs when one eye develops strong (good) vision and the other does not (lazy eye).
Normal vision development requires that both eyes are able to focus on an object and that the eyes remain straight. If vision is blurred, or something is interfering with vision, the brain will ignore this eye and only use the good eye that has clear sight. It is important to treat this condition as quickly as possible because the longer one eye is dominant, the harder this condition is to treat.
Treatment for Lazy Eye
The treatment of amblyopia depends on the condition that is causing the misalignment, or blurring, but it usually involves using a patch. Patch therapy will be used to cover the normal eye, forcing the use of the weaker eye. Over time, the eye will strengthen and vision will improve.
Children’s Eye Care in Marietta
Hindsight is 20/20. When you look back on your child's last eye exam, did she get the care she deserved? At Marietta Eye Clinic, we believe that children are special, which is why our caring and professional staff will give your children the personalized treatment they need. Marietta Eye Clinic encourages you to schedule an eye exam for your child as soon as you suspect a problem. If detected early, many eye conditions can be effectively treated. With our knowledge, expertise and caring, combined with a fun and relaxing environment, your child is sure to look back and remember her eye exam as a pleasant one.
Dr. Charles Ho is a fellowship trained pediatric ophthalmologists at Marietta Eye Clinic. Dr. Katerin Ortiz is our pediatric optometrist. They each have years of experience taking care of children’s eye care needs. Call us for an appointment today.