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Pediatric ophthalmology – Bharti Eye Foundation

Many children and newborn newborns suffer from a range of ocular problems. The earlier these problems are detected and addressed, the better. Pediatric ophthalmology is focused with the treatment of children’s eye problems.

Early diagnosis of vision-related disorders in children is aided by pediatric ophthalmology. Eye defects that are not repaired within six months after birth can leave a child blind for life. The optic nerve is still developing throughout the first six months of life, and if eye problems are not treated during this time, irreversible damage can occur.

Similarly, young children may be suffering from a range of eyesight problems without ever realising it. This is why including pediatric ophthalmology in the curriculum is crucial.

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What happens during an eye exam for your child?

Your child will first undergo a series of eye exams to establish their eye health. The exam for your youngster will most likely span many hours. Two or three of our doctors normally do the tests. We will learn the following during the first round of tests:

  • How well your child observes local and distant items. If your child is unable to read, we can evaluate his or her vision utilising tests that may include pictures or shapes.
  • Depth perception in your youngster.
  • How well your child’s eyes align and move together when tracking items (done by an orthoptist).
  • Peripheral vision, often known as side vision, in your child.
  • In the second section of the exam, we may:
  • Put eye drops in your child’s eyes to dilate or widen the pupils.
  • After around 30 minutes, an ophthalmologist will inspect the interior of the eyes through the widened pupils to see if there are any problems and to determine whether your child requires corrective lenses.
  • Examine your child’s eyes using special lights and lenses to see if he or she needs glasses and to rule out any issues.

What Is the Role of a Pediatric Ophthalmologist?

Optometrists and ophthalmologists can both check children’s eyes, test their vision, and, if necessary, prescribe glasses or contacts. Optometrists are not medical doctors, however they can prescribe medication for some eye conditions. Ophthalmologists are trained to identify and treat all eye disorders and problems.

Young toddlers are frequently unable to appropriately express their symptoms or respond to medical concerns. Pediatric ophthalmologists who are experienced at providing care to children in a way that helps them feel at ease and pleasant. They use eye exams that are tailored to the child’s developmental stage, as well as child-sized equipment.

Instruction and Training To become an ophthalmologist, pediatric ophthalmologists must first attend medical school and then additional training in eye disorders. They are then given additional training in recognising and treating child eye disorders. The education process lasts 13 years and is as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Medicine (four years)
  • Year-long internship
  • Residency in Ophthalmology (three years)
  • Fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology (at least one year)
  • Reasons to See a Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Your child’s vision will be examined by their paediatrician or family doctor during routine checkups. If they or you notice a problem with your child’s eyes, they may refer you to a pediatric ophthalmologist. The following symptoms suggest that a child may have an eye problem:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Crossed or wandering eyes
  • Red or watery eyes, persistent pus, or crust
  • They often massage their eyes.
  • They are squinting and tilting their heads to see.
  • Doctors prescribe a comprehensive eye examination for
  • Children born prematurely
  • Those born with a disorder, such as Down syndrome, that increases their chances of having eye problems.
  • Children with learning disabilities or developmental delays
  • Those with a family history of childhood visual difficulties.

Let us nip it in the bud with pediatric ophthalmology!

Comprehensive eye exams should be a regular component of your child’s healthcare regimen. While squinting and drooping eyelids are obvious, parents may struggle to spot problems such as lazy eye and refractive flaws. Especially since most children do not raise the matter to their parents since they typically lack the ability to recognise that their visual skills have changed. It is thus the primary responsibility of parents to detect any changes in their children’s behavioural patterns, such as watching TV from a close distance, straining excessively to read from a book, or suddenly performing poorly in school.

If any of these sound similar, it’s time to make an appointment with a pediatric ophthalmologist to review your child’s eye health.

Pediatric Ophthalmology – Preserving our children’s vision for the future

Pediatric Ophthalmology is taken seriously at Bharti Eye Foundation, with expert specialists and surgeons working around the clock to guarantee that our next generation’s vision is suitably protected. Children who squint or have slow eyes are initially treated with prescription glasses and eye exercises. Dr. S Bharti was, in fact, one of the first hospitals to adopt eye yoga as a rehabilitation approach. Parents of children born out of wedlock between relatives or with both parents wearing glasses owing to refractive problems are encouraged to bring their children for an evaluation.


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