What is Pediatric Ophthalmology? | Tayani Institute
Pediatric ophthalmology is an ophthalmology subspecialty concentrating on the treatment of different eye problems affecting children. One in every six kids has vision-related issues such as lazy eye, refractive errors, squint, and drooping of upper eyelids.
A Pediatric Ophthalmologist can help you address and rectify eye problems in children as early as possible. This article explains who a Pediatric Ophthalmologist is and their responsibilities.
Who Is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist?
A pediatric ophthalmologist is a medical and surgical doctor specializing in treating children’s eyes. They are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage all eye problems in kids, and prescribe contact lenses and eyeglasses.
Responsibilities of a Pediatric Ophthalmologist
- Using therapeutic procedures and conducting biopsies
- Treating medical disorders affecting a child’s vision via a holistic approach
- Managing outpatient clinics, emergency eye clinics, and other specialist eye clinics
- Diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and injuries
- Performing advanced surgical procedures, such as laser and keyhole surgery
- Performing corrective surgeries, like removing cataracts and repairing corneas and injuries
- Providing routine care, like vision testing and prescribing glasses or contact lenses.
What is Strabismus Surgery? Why Does a Child Need It?
Strabismus surgery involves loosening or tightening eye muscles, thus altering the eye’s alignment. Strabismus is an eye condition where both eyes don’t look in the same direction.
How Does Strabismus Surgery Help?
Strabismus surgery is appropriate to:
- Improve vision. The development of amblyopia or reduced vision is the earliest adaptation to strabismus in children. While glasses and patching can treat amblyopia, strabismus surgery makes visual rehabilitation faster and easier.
- Align the eyes
- Improve binocular vision
- Improve the field of vision
- Improve self-image
- Improve social interactions.
Children can also be self-conscious, especially if they keep getting negative feedback from other kids. A Pediatric Ophthalmologist trained in strabismus is the most qualified specialist to treat children with misaligned eyes using various treatments and the option of strabismus surgery.
Contact A Qualified Pediatric Ophthalmologist Today
Pediatric Ophthalmologists have special training and interest in applying the best treatment for each patient. At Tayani Institute, we provide an unbeatable experience and level of expertise in Pediatric Ophthalmology. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your child’s eye needs.