Tag: Pediatric Ophthalmologist

What is a chalazion? Is it serious?

A chalazion is similar to a stye.  It is a bump the can be present on either eyelid.  Its size ranges from small to very large.  The glands that are present in the eyelids, called Meibomian glands, normally secrete oil that prevents the evaporation of tears from our tear film.  When these glands become clogged,… Read More

What is the difference between iLASIK and traditional LASIK?

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Retinopathy of Prematurity, is my baby at risk?

Retinopathy of Prematurity, or ROP, is a disease only found in premature infants.  It is a potentially blinding disease caused by an abnormal development of the blood vessels in the back lining of the eye, called the retina.  Most ROP resolves on its own but in its severe form, the retina can detach, causing blindness. There… Read More

Strabismus surgery

Strabismus, or a misalignment of the eyes can be treated with glasses, prism or surgery.  Surgery should be considered if glasses, prism or exercises can not remedy the underlying condition.  Most procedures take about an hour to perform but more complicated surgeries can take 2 hours+.  Strabismus surgery either loosens, tightens or repositions the muscles… Read More

Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye”. Is it serious?

Conjunctivitis is a condition where the white portion of the eye appears pink or red.  There is often an accompanied discharge, tearing and irritation.  Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies or systemic disease.  The types caused by bacteria and viruses could be highly contagious.  For that reason, most school nurses will question if… Read More

What types of refractive errors are present in children?

Children, like adults, oftentimes need glasses.  The need for glasses is determined by the child’s refractive error.  There are, essentially, 3 types of refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.  All refractive errors occur due to structural differences in the eye.  In order for people to see, images are typically reflected in the front of the… Read More

Amblyopia, or “lazy eye”; a treatable disease

Amblyopia is what most people call a, “lazy eye.”  It is decreased vision in one or both eyes due to abnormal development in childhood.  Vision loss occurs because the nerve pathways between the eye and the brain aren’t properly stimulated.  It is the most common cause of visual deficits in adults and can only be… Read More

When should my child use an eye patch?

Patching is recommended when children are diagnosed with amblyopia or lazy eye. It works by occluding the eye with normal vision so that the vision in the poorer seeing, amblyopic eye improves. Patching is used to improve vision. It rarely improves a misalignment of the eye that causes the vision to decrease in the first… Read More

Amblyopia-Does my child have a lazy eye?

Amblyopia is a term Ophthalmologists use to define what many think of as a “lazy eye.” Amblyopia comes in many types. Strabismic amblyopia is the type associated with ocular misalignment. Anisometropic amblyopia is actually the most common and is not obvious at all. It is caused by a difference in focusing or refractive error, in… Read More

Excessive blinking, or Blepharospasm

Blinking is a normal reflex to bright light, dryness or protection from a foreign object. It can increase in response to pain and during conversation. Some children, however, forcibly blink and blink more frequently than normal. This typically happens more frequently in boys than girls. Blinking in newborns, occurs about 2 times a minute whereas… Read More

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