Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus

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Pediatric ophthalmologists provide medical and surgical eye care for children under the age of 18 for a variety of conditions including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (misaligned eyes), tear duct obstruction, refractive errors, cataracts, glaucoma and prematurity. Pediatric ophthalmologists also treat adults with strabismus. Specialized training in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus is required after general ophthalmology residency training.

Childhood Eye Examinations

Your pediatrician or general doctor should do regular eye screenings of your child, including checking red reflexes, as an infant and toddler. As part of a regular physical examination, your child should have testing of visual acuity or an age-appropriate vision screening at age three and at yearly physical examinations after that.

If there is a family history of amblyopia (lazy eye) or eye muscle problems, your child should see a pediatric ophthalmologist between the ages of 8–12 months. If there is a family history of childhood cataracts, childhood glaucoma or other eye diseases, an examination in the first few months of life may be indicated. If there is no family history of childhood eye diseases, and your pediatrician sees no problems, the best time to have a complete eye examination is between 3½ and 4½ years of age.

The State of Illinois requires a professional eye examination within 12 months of a child starting kindergarten. If this examination is normal, yearly examinations by an eye professional are not needed for most children. Children should see an eye doctor if they fail a school screening examination, if an eye examination is recommended by a physician, or if they develop vision related complaints.

Wheaton Eye Clinic Doctors

Wheaton Eye Clinic ophthalmologists who specialize in pediatrics and strabismus are:

Wheaton Eye Clinic pediatric optometrists who specialize in Orthoptic Therapy are:

Wheaton Eye Clinic General Pediatric Optometrists are:

  • Colleen M. Govekar, O.D.

Common Conditions

Pediatric ophthalmology at Wheaton Eye Clinic includes treatment of the following conditions:

Additional Information

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