Pediatric cataracts cause cloudiness or opacity (whiteness) in the normally clear lens of a child’s eye and it can affect the entire lens, or a very small portion. Nemours' pediatric ophthalmologists are experienced in diagnosing pediatric cataracts in children and babies (even while still in the womb), and performing advanced pediatric cataract surgery when necessary.
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- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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Pediatric Cataract Surgery at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Nemours pediatric ophthalmologists at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children are experienced eye surgeons and are highly skilled in performing pediatric cataract surgeries in infants and children.
Following pediatric cataract removal surgery, our team will work to restore and improve your child’s eye focus through the use of intraocular lenses placed during the surgery, or contact lenses and glasses designed specifically to help focus light rays and correct vision in infants and young children.
Eye patching is also required in many cases of children who have undergone pediatric cataract surgery.
Help Before Your Baby Is Born
Some pediatric eye disorders, like cataracts, can be diagnosed before birth and our doctors are pioneers in diagnosing ophthalmic disorders in utero. Knowing what to expect helps ease your concerns and allows time to plan for your child’s care. Our ophthalmologists will explain the condition, discuss current methods of treatment including pediatric cataract surgery, answer all your questions, and share literature and informative websites with you.
Learn more about Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management, which works with expectant parents facing a possible congenital (present at birth) condition.