Eye Problems

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When it comes to your child’s eyes, high-quality care is of the utmost importance. That’s because many vision problems and eye diseases can be corrected if detected and treated early. Pediatric eye problems are often very different from adult eye diseases and pediatric ophthalmologists (eye doctors who are also surgeons) are specially trained to manage and treat children's eye conditions.

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Pediatric Eye Problems We Treat
  • amblyopia (lazy eye: with one weak eye and one strong one)
  • blocked tear ducts and defects (from the ducts not forming correctly)
  • pediatric glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve from a build-up of pressure in the eye)
  • pediatric cataract (a clouding of the eye’s lens)
  • eye injuries
  • ptosis (drooping eyelid)
  • refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism)
  • retinopathy of prematurity (a disease that occurs in premature babies and causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina)
  • retinoblastoma (a type of tumor involving the retina)
  • retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and other retinal dystrophies (diseases that cause damage to the retina
  • strabismus (wandering eye or “cross eyes”)
Signs of Pediatric Eye Problems

Children whose parents or siblings have eye conditions, such as strabismus or amblyopia, are more likely to have these eye disorders themselves, even if they don't have obvious signs of pediatric eye problems.

If your child has a certain medical condition such as diabetes, or a genetic disease like neurofibromatosis, it's a good idea to have regular pediatric eye exams with a pediatric ophthalmologist.

Early signs of serious pediatric eye problems, which should be evaluated by a doctor, include:

  • poor vision
  • eye pain
  • changes in the shape or size of an eye
  • crossed or wandering eyes
  • abnormal appearance of the pupil of one or both eyes

Genetic conditions can often cause eye problems in children. In these cases, our pediatric ophthalmologists collaborate with multi-disciplinary Nemours teams who treat children with genetic syndromes.

If your child is healthy and has no known risk factors for pediatric eye problems, then age-appropriate screening examinations with your primary care provider should be sufficient. If further evaluations are indicated, your child can be referred to our ophthalmologists as needed.

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr Medical Arts Pavilion
825 Old Lancaster Road, Suite 250
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200
For Information: (610) 542-3300
Fax: (610) 542-3320

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Parking: Valet parking at entrance. Garage parking with convenient skywalk to our suite.

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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Now you can access Nemours’ pediatric ophthalmology expertise at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr. You and your child will receive the kind of warm, family-centered care for which Nemours is known.

Diagnostic Pediatric Eye Tests at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr
Pediatric Eye Exams Using Equipment Just for Kids

Using the latest diagnostic techniques and equipment adapted just for children, we provide comprehensive in-office pediatric eye exams. One technology that we may use is called, “ocular ultrasonography.” This is an ultrasound that produces a 2-D image of the eye and its surrounding tissues. It can show any growths or other structural abnormalities. If a more in-depth study is needed, we also may order a CT scan or MRI.

Specialized Training in Pediatric Ophthalmology

Our Nemours pediatric ophthalmologists have completed a residency in pediatric ophthalmology and are trained specifically in pediatric eye problems. At Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr we perform comprehensive eye examinations and testing to diagnose and treat infant, childhood and adolescent eye disorders. And, if needed, we have the skill and experience to perform pediatric eye surgery.

Teaming up With Your Child’s Doctor & Other Nemours Specialists

Some pediatric eye problems are related to specific medical conditions, so our pediatric ophthalmologists often collaborate with other Nemours’ medical specialists. State-of-the-art electronic health records (EHR) and digital photography make it easy to share eye test results and treatment plans with our specialists and your child’s primary care doctor.

And to make things easier for you as a parent or guardian, we'll do our best to coordinate your child's visit with other specialty appointments as needed.

Children With Developmental Delays

Our team members are particularly sensitive to the challenges that children with developmental delays (e.g., autism) may have in testing situations. We’re committed to giving them complete and thorough pediatric eye exams with as little anxiety as possible.

Before You Deliver

A number of pediatric eye problems can be diagnosed before birth. Our doctors are pioneers in diagnosing ophthalmic disorders in utero (in the womb).

Learn more about the Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management program, which works with expectant parents facing a possible congenital (present at birth) condition.