Tag: Pediatrics

Does my child need an eye exam?

How are young children examined? What if they can’t read or can’t understand the eye chart? What if they manipulate the chart? These are common questions parents ask of Pediatric Ophthalmologists. One aspect of Pediatric Ophthalmology that is very different than adult Ophthalmology is that a visual acuity test is use as a guide for… Read More


Common Pediatric Eye Diseases

There are many eye conditions that can affect a child’s vision. Some common conditions include: Amblyopia, Strabismus, Ptosis, Conjunctivitis, Chalazion, Cellulitis, and Blocked Tear Ducts. Amblyopia: A condition where the eye or eyes appear normal but for some reason the eye doesn’t see well. Amblyopia can be caused by refractive conditions, strabismus, ptosis or cataracts… Read More


Vision Screening at North Shore Eye Care

Vision screening is an efficient and cost-effective way to identify children with visual impairments that can impact their development. This allows the Pediatrician to determine if a referral to a Pediatric Ophthalmologist is warranted. There are a variety of methods used to screen children, depending on the age of the child tested. In babies, the… Read More


Eye trauma, it’s Springtime!

Don’t get me wrong…I like the Spring, but outdoor activities bring an increase in eye trauma. Some common injuries include corneal abrasion, hyphema, iritis, orbital fractures and the most serious, ruptured globe. Most injuries, if treated expeditiously, result in a good outcome. A corneal abrasion is a scratch or cut to the surface of the… Read More


Myopia/near sightedness. Should I be concerned?

Myopia, or near-sightedness, is a condition where distant objects appear blurry, whereas near objects appear clear. It is the most common refractive error and in the United States, affects approximately 40% of individuals. In China, it affects 90% of all children. It is caused, in general, by an anatomically long eye. Clear images are focused… Read More


Are Your Child’s Toys Too Noisy?

Did your child receive a toy this holiday season that seems very loud? If so, it may be worth checking the Sight and Hearing Association’s annual list of Noisy Toys. Check out this press release from the Sight and Hearing Association… The sound level meter is back in the hands of Sight & Hearing Association… Read More


Nystagmus or “Eye shaking”

Nystagmus is an involuntary, jerking movement of the eyes. It can be horizontal, vertical or rotary. There are many different types of nystagmus but all typically result from some abnormality of the neurological system. Nystagmus can be caused by congenital disorders, acquired or CNS (central nervous system) disorders, alcohol, drugs and genetic inheritance. Congenital nystagmus… Read More


What is a “lazy eye?”

A lazy eye is a generic term that encompasses, basically, 2 entities: Amblyopia and Strabismus. Amblyopia is a developmental condition where one eye, despite looking anatomically normal, can not be corrected to 20/20. Strabismus means that the eyes aren’t aligned correctly. One eye could cross (esotropia), go out (exotropia) or go up (hypertropia). These terms… Read More


Vision screening: How do I know if my baby can see?

Aside from a parent’s intuition as to whether their son or daughter can see, there are other methods to determine just how much they can see and if they are at risk of having poor eyesight. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus have recently endorsed the… Read More


What can newborn infants see

With so many babies being born on Long Island we often see parents who are not only concerned that their baby’s eyes are normal, but they are also curious about just what they can see and what color their eyes will be. While their distant vision is poor they have reasonably good vision up close…. Read More


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