Children are not miniature adults. Their eyes, visual needs, and disorders are entirely different than from those of adults. Since they are rapidly growing, and are yet to develop a fully mature eye-brain coordination, disorders of vision in children require special attention and focus. This is why pediatric ophthalmology has evolved as a specialized discipline, and indeed a subspecialty in ophthalmology.
The pediatric ophthalmologist is responsible for taking care of the visual attention needs of the children, and ensuring a proper visual development regarding both function and structure (including cosmesis).
How is the eye of the child different?
Just as a particular doctor is required for your child’s general health, even the eyes of a child need specialist care. It is because the considerations in terms of eye care are entirely different from those in adults. The reasons for this are as follows:
- The brain-eye connections are not fully made, so any deprivation of vision in early childhood, if it remains uncorrected, can result in lazy eye or amblyopia. These means that the visual potential of the child becomes limited, and even proper corrective glasses cannot help in later help. Amblyopia therapy is critical in the early years of life.
- The congenital anomalies or disorders of development show up in the early years of life. These can range for refractive errors which merely require corrective glasses, to squint or misalignment of eyes, congenital nasolacrimal duct block, ptosis or lid droop and even cataract and glaucoma.
- Infants who are born premature, of low birth weight or who have a prolonged tumultuous stay in the newborn nursery, are at risk for a disease called Retinopathy of Prematurity, RoP. RoP is potentially vision threatening and must be screened for in these high-risk.
- In settings of malnutrition, children are susceptible to Vitamin A deficiency, and its attendant eye problems including dry eye, corneal ulcers, and even blindness. Fussy and choosy eaters may also sometimes be deficient in some micronutrients despite being healthy and well fed otherwise.
- Children, because of their active lifestyle and playing outdoors are more prone to eye allergies and trauma.
- TV viewing, increased screen time and video games have given rise to a particular set of concerns in this age group.
- There is a set of eye tumors and malignancies that are typical of infancy and childhood like retinoblastoma.
What are the symptoms and signs of eye problems in children?
- Reading disability and problem in school in copying what is written on the board could be an indication of poor vision
- Any squint or misalignment of the eyes
- Any frequent headaches, eye rubbing, red eye, recurrent eye infections and watering from eyes
- Any family history of eye disorders including the need for glasses (refractive errors), can be passed from one generation to another and must be evaluated early on in life. The frequency and schedule of an eye examination in children are mentioned here.
Which is best hospital for eye care in children?
For your child’s eye care, Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centre is the best eye clinic and some of the top pediatric ophthalmologists in Delhi, who understand the importance of healthy eyes and good sight for the overall development of a child.
They are not only exemplary in their professionalism and training, but also in their ability to make friends with your child, and ensure that the children look forward to a visit to the eye doctor.
The environment in the pediatric ophthalmology department is always relaxed, and the staff always eager to play with the children, ensuring trouble and hassle-free eye check-up for your precious little one.
This, of course, comes with the Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centre’s promise of professional integrity, and state of the art technology, at affordable rates for all, at a center near you.
What are the special tests and services that Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centre offers for children?
The eye specialists and the ancillary team at Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centre are fully aware that our children require special nurturing and care to thrive, and achieve their full potential. The team of eye care professionals is happy to partner with you in your efforts to ensure the best eye care for your child.
Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centre offers state-of-the-art technology in child vision care, with the empathy and compassion that is the hallmark of the patient acre with the group. The specialist services and eye tests for children, in addition to primary eye care, include:
- Vision assessment and refraction under dilation
- Squint assessment and evaluation of binocular vision
- Amblyopia therapy
- Synaptophore assisted eye exercises for stimulating the eye muscles and binocular vision.
- Management of all childhood infections and allergies
- Trauma services
- Examination under sedation or anesthesia, if indicated. Comprehensive pre-anesthetic check-up and post-operative care.
- Glasses and low vision aids
- Surgical and medical management of childhood and congenital disorders, as indicated: congenital cataract, congenital ptosis, glaucoma and squint.
The surgeries performed routinely by the pediatric eye surgeons at Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centres include:
- Phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation with and without posterior capsulorhexis and vitrectomy
- Intraocular lasers for RoP
- Ptosis surgeries including sling surgery and other lid reconstructions
- Complex and straightforward squint surgeries including recti and oblique muscles, syringing and probing, dacryocystorhinostomy, trabeculectomy with MMC and Ahmed Glaucoma Valve implantation, as well as complex vitreoretinal surgeries and retinal lasers.
Pediatric Surgeons & Doctors at Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centres Delhi
We are also one of the best centers for corneal transplants in children, as well as routine surgeries like chalazion incision and curettage, etc.
Special facilities for counseling, support and visual rehabilitation are available for those who require it. Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centre also collaborates with various government and non-government agencies in providing support to the parents and care-givers, as well as the little children who need help.