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Empowering the young eyes to see a promising future

Healthy eyes of the young ones must be our priority. We promise to craft a vibrant world for every child visiting our clinic.

On this page, we will be focusing on the necessity of having healthy eyes for our children. Every child is unique, and so are their eyes. It is important to take adequate care of the eyes of the little ones from the time they are born. As a child grows up, their eyes also go through various developmental stages. Hence, it is important to take appropriate care of children’s eyes from a nascent stage to ensure their healthy eyesight.

The emergence of Paediatric Ophthalmology has made it easy to understand and diagnose problems related to children’s eyes. Nowadays, increased exposure to screen time has adverse effects on children’s eyes. Hence, in the modern world, the task of treating a child’s eyes has become more challenging for ophthalmologists.

Parents also need to be aware of the problems their children are facing. It is necessary that the young ones visit a Paediatric Ophthalmologist regularly to ensure their eyes are in good condition. It is crucial that parents and elders at home regularly monitor their children’s eyes and visit an ophthalmologist in case of any abnormalities in their eyesight. The proliferation of medical science has ensured the development of child-friendly equipment for properly diagnosing and treating children’s eyes. At our clinic, we strive to create a child-friendly environment for taking optimum care of the eyes of the little ones.  

Major childhood eye diseases

  1. Pediatric Cataract

Pediatric Cataract is a condition in which a child’s natural lens has become cloudy or opaque. Though it is a rare occurrence, the chances of the development of a cataract should not be neglected. The disease needs to be treated at the earliest to minimize the risk of complete loss of vision in children.

  1. Squint or Strabismus

Squint refers to improper alignment of the eyes. As a result, both eyes point in different directions. It can occur both in children as well as adults, but the rate of severity is different. For children, squint must be treated at the earliest to reduce the emergence of complex situations like complete loss of vision.

  1. Paediatric Retina – Retinopathy of Prematurity

The paediatric retina is caused due to abnormalities in the muscles in the retina. It affects babies who are born before 34 weeks of gestation period. They are also known as premature babies. Such a condition makes a baby prone to be affected by blindness is not treated on time. 

  1. Retinoblastoma

It is a fatal eye cancer that can impact the lives of young ones. In this condition, a tumor grows on the retina, which is very difficult to be detected at the earlier stages. However, there are a number of ways, including surgery or chemotherapy, to treat retinoblastoma, through which the lives of the young ones can be saved.

  1. Amblyopia, binocular vision, and CVI treatment

This condition takes place when both eyes are not equally used. The eye that is used less becomes lazy, resulting in a lowering of vision. The problem must be addressed in children to ensure the efficacy of the treatment procedure.

  1. Refractive Error

Refractive errors are disorders that affect eyesight. However, they shouldn’t be categorized as diseases. Refractive errors include-

  • Myopia- It is an eye condition when a person is able to see near objects clearly and finds it difficult to see objects placed at a distance.
  • Hyperopia- It is an eye condition when a person is able to see far objects clearly and finds it difficult to see objects placed at a closer distance.
  • Astigmatism- Abnormal shape of the cornea results in Astigmatism. A person who has Astigmatism has blurred vision.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I understand that my child is having eye problems?

You will see certain symptoms if your child is facing eye problems. The symptoms include-

  • Irritation in the eyes
  • Watering constantly falling from the eyes
  • Reads a book, keeping it close to the eyes
  • Rubs the eyes constantly
  • Unable to watch television clearly from a distant
  • Difficulty in seeing the blackboard in school resulting in mistakes when coping down notes in the school copies
2. When can I take my child to an ophthalmologist?

You can start taking your child to an ophthalmologist for regular checkups from 6 months of birth. However, if you find any problems or irregularities in your child’s eyes, visit an ophthalmologist at the earliest to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. 

3. Why is it important to treat children’s eyes differently?

The eyes are interlinked with the brain. Abnormalities in the eyes directly affect the working of the brain. Such an occurrence affects the maturity and overall development of the child. Also, taking care of children’s eyes is important to eradicate any problem that might lead to complete visual impairment. Hence, we take special care of the eyes of the young ones to help them experience a brighter future.

4. What is amblyopia?

It is an eye disease commonly referred to as lazy eyes. In this condition, one or both eyes can have lower vision with respect to normal and, if left untreated, may result in complete loss of eyesight. Such a condition must be treated at a young age, as restoring normal eyesight at a mature age is not possible.

5. Can doctors advise my child to wear contact lenses?

Doctors can advise your child to wear contact age based on the condition of the eyes and your child’s maturity to handle it. However, expert guidance is a must to ensure safety.

6. Is it possible to correct refractive errors in children?

It is possible to correct refractive errors with the help of spectacles or lenses. Visit an ophthalmologist for the best guidance and treatment.

7. Why is strabismus surgery essential?

Strabismus surgery is essential to correct the alignments of the eyes. The muscles are regulated through the surgery that controls the movements of the eyes.

8. What should I do if my child has injured an eye?

Eye injury is harmful and may lead to complex eye disorders. Visit a pediatric ophthalmologist at the earliest for effective treatments and to minimize the risks of complications.

9. Will the premature birth of my child lead to an eye disorder?

Premature birth may lead to disorders like retinopathy of prematurity. In this condition, the blood vessels present in the retina get damaged.

10. How often will I take my child for eye checkups?

It is crucial to visit a pediatric ophthalmologist for eye checkups on a regular basis. However, the frequency of follow-ups will be advised by your doctor based on the condition of your child’s eyes.