Pediatric Ophthalmology... Most parents are not aware that their children should have their first eye exam at about age two, although it's never too early to test a child's vision and eye health. Comprehensive eye exams are essential in the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems, injury and disease. Early detection allows for treatment to begin before the child experiences difficulty in school due to poor vision, or before any permanent damage has been done to the eye(s). Exams test visual acuity, eye tracking, and focusing skills, and detect problems such as near- and far-sightedness, amblyopia, crossed eyes, and color blindness. Below, is a list of some eye-disorders that can be found in children.
1. Strabismus (eye misalignment or known as crossed-eyes)
2. Untreated refractive errors (a need for glasses)
4. Corneal scars or opacities
5. Malformation of the retina or film of the eye
6. Drooping Eyelid (ptosis)
7. Malformation of the optic nerve (the cable that connects the eye to the brain)
8. Tumors of the eye