From the youngest children who can’t tell us what they see, to those who are getting their first pair of glasses, and even to those whose vision problems are just one part of a complex health condition, we focus on the unique eye care needs of kids. Our pediatric ophthalmologists help your child achieve the best vision possible with routine and specialized care for pediatric eye problems.
Why Bring Your Child to a Pediatric Ophthalmologist?
If your child fails a vision screening test or does not meet certain criteria, your family's primary care provider will refer your child for a comprehensive pediatric eye evaluation.
Pediatric eye problems are often very different from those of adults for the simple reason that children’s eyes are still developing.
It’s very important to have pediatric eye problems evaluated early
and treated promptly because untreated childhood eye disorders can lead to long-term vision problems.
When Should Your Child Have a First Eye Exam?
Nemours' pediatric ophthalmologists encourage early screenings by your child’s primary care doctor at the newborn visit and at all well child visits.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) all recommend that your child's eyes be examined at timely intervals.
Why? Because early detection and treatment of eye disorders lead to more successful treatment outcomes and are important for protecting your child's vision.