Paediatric ophthalmology is a relatively new branch of ophthalmology, focused on children’s eyes till the age of 16 years – the age till which eyes of a human being develop. It requires specialised education and equipment to correctly assess the visual needs of a child.
SCEH has a highly qualified, specialised team to treat children for their various eye-related problems. The team is well-equipped to manage simple as well as complicated cases of eye problems in children. Whether it is cases related to refractive errors or strabismus (commonly known as squint), amblyopia (‘lazy eye’ syndrome), or astigmatism (abnormal curvature of the cornea), the team diagnoses and treats such eyes with utmost care. The treatment protocol varies from eye to eye – some require surgical intervention, while others may need rehabilitation.
Till date, the team at SCEH has treated nearly 23,200 children, correcting their vision before it could reach a stage of no return. In the case of children, early detection and intervention become even more critical. In some cases, early detection prevent development of extreme conditions that can lead to irreversible blindness. Basically, there is no lower age limit for bringing a baby to a paediatric ophthalmologist.
Some symptoms that parents should look for and refer to a paediatric ophthalmologist, when dealing with vision-related challenges that their child might be facing:
-Regularly complains of headache or watery eyes
-Blinks or squints excessively
-Rubs eyes vigorously during or after short periods of reading
-Makes frequent written mistakes even while copying
-Repeatedly bumps into or drops things
-Suffers from nausea, dizziness, motion sickness, or double vision
As per international standards, a child’s comprehensive vision examination has to include the testing of a number of visual skills, namely:
-Convergence and eye teaming skills
-Eye tracking and fixation skills
-Visual form discrimination
-Visual motor integration
The examination should also test for the ability to transform images from a vertical to a horizontal plane (i.e., from the blackboard to the desk surface), and for the conditions of hypermetropia and reversal frequency.
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