Pediatric Ophthalmology Treatment
Does your child suffer from vision problems? Are you in search of the best child eye specialist in Pune to treat your child? If so Mahaveer Eye Hospital is the right place for treating the vision problem of your child as the Mahaveer Eye hospital in Pune not only ranks among the leading Eye Specialist in Pune but also the best Pediatric Eye Specialist in Pune to treat the vision conditions of children.
Who is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist?
A Pediatric ophthalmologist is an eye doctor who has specialized in diagnosing and treating the vision problems or conditions of children. The vision problems suffered by children could range from any one of the below mentioned:
- Strabismus (Crossed Eye or Wandering Eyes)
- Tear Duct Blockage
- Retinopathy of Premature babies. ( This condition suffered by premature babies arises due to abnormal blood vessels on the retina)
- Complications of amblyopia ( In this case , the brain of the child works only with one eye)
- Rare eye complications in young children.
Early Eye Examinations:
When small children (Preschool and School going) suffer from vision problems, it not only affects their vision but also their overall learning as well as development. By identifying the vision problem at the earliest, they could be easily corrected thus restoring and boosting the child’s overall self-confidence.
Early eye examinations is undertaken to check the following issues:
- Near vision, distance vision and peripheral vision
- Coordination between eye and hand
- Movement of the eye and focussing ability
- Colour vision
- Depth perception
- Lazy eye
- Misalignment of eyes
The Pediatrician or the family doctor is the first person to look at and check the eyes of the child since the time of birth to around six months. In case the doctor suspects some eye problems, he might refer you to a Pediatric eye doctor. Regular checking of eyes from time to time at a gap of every two years for preschool and school going children highly recommended avoiding eye complications at a later stage.
Vision problems in young children if diagnosed and detected early is easily correctable using prescription corrective glasses and if left untreated can cause a lot of problems leading to loss of self-confidence and other developmental problems.
Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinical Experties
- Pediatric ophthalmologists at our child eye care clinic in Pune focus on the development of the visual system and the various diseases that disrupt visual development in children.
- Pediatric ophthalmologists also have expertise in managing the various ocular diseases that affect children.
- Pediatric ophthalmologists are qualified to perform complex eye surgery as well as to manage children's eye problems using glasses and medications.
- Many ophthalmologists and other physicians refer pediatric patients to a pediatric ophthalmologist for examination and management of ocular problems due to children's unique needs.
- In addition to children with obvious vision problems, children with head turns, head tilts, squinting of the eyes, or preferred head postures (torticollis) are typically referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist for evaluation.
- Pediatric ophthalmologists typically also manage adults with eye movement disorders (such as nystagmus or strabismus) due to their familiarity with strabismus conditions.
Children experience a variety of eye problems, many quite distinct from adult eye diseases. Pediatric ophthalmologists at MSEH, the best eye hospital in Pune are specially trained to manage the following disorders:
- Infections (Conjunctivitis).
- Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes that affects 2-4% of the population; it is often associated with amblyopia. The inward turning gaze commonly referred to as "crossed-eyes" is an example of strabismus. The term strabismus applies to other types of misalignments, including an upward, downward, or outward turning eye.
- Amblyopia (aka lazy eye) occurs when the vision of one eye is significantly better than the other eye, and the brain begins to rely on the better eye and ignore the weaker one. Amblyopia affects 4% of the population and is clinically diagnosed when the refractive error of one eye is more than 1.5 diopters different from the other eye (anisometropia) or one of the eyes is misaligned for a long period of time (Strabismus). The management of amblyopia involves correcting of significant refractive errors and using techniques that encourage the brain to pay attention to the weaker eye such as patching the stronger eye (occlusion therapy).
- Blocked tear ducts.
- Retinopathy of prematurity
- Visual inattention
- Pediatric cataracts
- Pediatric glaucoma
- Abnormal vision development
- Genetic disorders often cause eye problems for affected children. Since approximately 30% of genetic syndromes affect the eyes, examination at MSEH, the best pediatric eye clinic in Pune by our pediatric ophthalmologist can help with the diagnosis of genetic conditions. Many pediatric ophthalmologists participate with multi-disciplinary medical teams that treat children with genetic syndromes.
- Congenital malformations affecting vision or the tear drainage duct system can be evaluated and possibly surgically corrected by a pediatric ophthalmologist.
- Orbital tumors
- Refractive errors such as myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism can often be corrected with prescriptions for glasses or contacts.
- Accommodative insufficiency
- Convergence insufficiency and asthenopia
- Evaluation of visual issues in education, including dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.
Pediatric eye specialist in Pune at MSEH often work in conjunction with orthoptists in the treatment of strabismus