Pediatric ophthalmologists are medical doctors who have extensive specialized training in examining, diagnosing and treating eye conditions in infants, children, and adolescents. Because pediatric ophthalmologists perform eye operations, they are both surgical and medical specialists. If your child is showing symptoms of an eye condition, or if your child’s primary care physician recommends an eye examination for your child, a pediatric ophthalmologist will have the greatest knowledge and experience in diagnosing issues in your child’s eyes.
The pediatric ophthalmologists at Cohen Children’s treat a wide range of eye problems and vision disorders in children, including:
- Disorders of the tear drainage system
- Optic nerve disorders
- Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)
- Tumors of the eye and orbit
What to expect
A comprehensive eye examination will be performed on your child during your first visit. Visual acuity and ocular motility will be evaluated. A slit lamp examination may be performed. Drops will be placed in your child’s eyes, in order to perform a dilated eye exam to obtain a good view of the retina and optic nerve. Please be prepared for the initial examination to last about 90 minutes. Dilation of the retina in children often takes 45 minutes.