Pediatric Eye Care
A comprehensive pediatric eye exam can uncover one of several different types of eye problems. Glasses – Your child may be nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (hyperopia) or have astigmatism. It is important that children who need glasses, wear them full time when they are young to develop good vision in each eye and three dimensional vision. Amblyopia or “lazy eye” occurs when the vision is reduced in one eye, causing it to be weaker than the other. This can occur because there is a difference in prescription between the 2 eyes and one eye becomes more dominant. Or, amblyopia can occur because of strabismus, or misaligned eyes. If an eye turns in or out, it does not see as clearly as the straight one and becomes weaker. Rarely, cataracts or severely droopy eye lids can cause amblyopia as well. The main treatment for amblyopia is patching, in which the stronger, more dominant eye is patched, to allow the weaker eye a chance to gain vision.
Our Pediatric Office
We also offer a beautiful, sunlit, kid-friendly separate waiting for our pediatric patients. Our waiting room is filled with books, toys and coloring books to make the examination process as pleasant as possible. In addition, we have specially equipped examination room for children complete with toys and DVDs to attract childrens’ interest and facilitate a comprehensive eye examination.
Pediatric Ophthalmology is our passion. We love helping frustrated children succeed with struggles like Pediatric Cataract Surgery, Pediatric Strabismus and Blocked Tear Ducts. If you haven’t had your child in for an ophthalmic exam in over a year, please feel free to call us to schedule a pediatric eye exam.
Dr. Rupa Wong is trained to perform a number of pediatric eye surgeries, including the following:
Though rare, children can be born with cataracts that affect their vision. Cataract surgery for children differs from adult surgery because of the unique anatomy of a child’s eye, requiring several modifications from standard cataract surgery.
- Blocked tear ducts
- Removal of styes
- Dermoid removal
- Children’s eyelid surgeries
Pediatric Eye Muscle Surgery (for crossed or lazy eyes. Strabismus is the term used to define misalignment of the eyes. Depending upon if the eyes cross in, drift out or if one eye is higher than the other, eye muscle surgery can align the eyes. The muscles of the eye can be weakened or strengthened Dr. Rupa K. Wong to achieve the desired result. In children, this type of surgery is not cosmetic since left uncorrected, strabismus can cause a loss of vision in the eye or amblyopia.