When to See a Pediatric Ophthalmologist
Dr. Klein sees children with any eye concerns from infancy through 18 years old.
She also sees adults with strabismus, or misalignment of the eyes.
Some of the most common conditions she sees are:
Failed Vision Screens
Children may fail vision screenings performed by the Pediatricians or schools for any number of reasons. If your child fails a vision screen, it is of the utmost importance to see an eye care professional to make sure there are no vision-threatening concerns.
Amblyopia is poor vision in one eye that occurs when the brain doesn't learn how to see from the eye. It can happen for many reasons, and must be caught and treated from an early age in order to cure it.
Strabismus (Childhood and Adult)
Strabismus refers to any misalignment of the eyes (crossing inwards, drifting outwards, or other patterns). It most commonly affects children, but can persist into adulthood as well. Strabismus can be treated at any age.
Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction
Nasolacrimal duct obstruction is a condition that affects infants. The tear drainage system doesn't form properly, so the infant's tears roll down their cheeks instead of going through the normal drainage system.
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Infants who are born extremely premature (less than 30 weeks gestation) or extremely small (less than 3.3 pounds) are at high risk for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). These infants must have routine eye screening exams to ensure that they do not loose vision permanently from this disease. Dr. Klein performs these exams while in-patient, and continues the exams as out-patients for those who need it.
Glasses Exams For Children
Glasses exams for adults are not the same as glasses exams for children! It requires special training, medications, and techniques to give a proper glasses prescription to young kids.
Developmental Delays and Autism Diagnostics
Any time there are behavioral concerns or developmental delays, it's a good idea to have a comprehensive eye exam by a trained eye care specialist. We want to make sure that there are no eye concerns contributing to the problem. Furthermore, if your child has behavioral concerns or developmental delays, they may not be able to voice their eye complaints in the usual way.