About Pediatric Eye Care
Diseases and conditions of the eye can develop at any age and must be detected early in order to stop progression. At Nevada Eye Care, we provide pediatric ophthalmology for younger patients, which can include routine eye exams, diagnostic testing, and various treatments if necessary. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology both recommend timely screening of children to better detect eye problems. During a pediatric eye examination, conditions such as sight and vision problems can also be detected and treated early. If your child develops any abnormal symptoms in their eyes or experience vision loss, do not hesitate to contact one of our Nevada locations to schedule a pediatric eye exam with one of our trained eye care physicians.
Pediatric Eye conditions
There are several common eye conditions that can develop in infants and children. Our eye care professionals diagnose and treat several conditions including:
- Strabismus (wandering eye)
- Ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelid)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Congenital glaucoma
- Congenital cataracts
- Infections, such as conjunctivitis
"One month ago, I had the PRK procedure performed by Dr. Singh and it has been the greatest decision I have ever made. I am 24 years old and have been wearing glasses since I was in first grade. I live a very active life style going hiking, camping, and playing soccer. Wearing contacts or glasses all the time had become such a hassle that I decided it was time for action. Before my surgery I couldn’t even see the big E on the vision test and now I am happy to say my vision 20/20. Now, I can go hiking without the worry of my contacts falling out and go camping without the worry of forgetting them at home. I am able to see things more clearly than ever. Thank you Dr. Singh and the staff at Nevada Eye Physicians for truly changing my life."- S.S. / Google / May 09, 2018
"My experience with Dr. Rouweyha was top notch both at the hospital where he performed emergency surgery and the follow-up visit at his clinic I gave the staff a 4-star only because of what I felt was a completely inappropriate comment made by a staff member to me regarding another staff member. It was likely meant as a joke, but I didn't think it was a bit funny and felt awkward for the target of the "joke.""- S. / Healthgrades / May 09, 2018
"One month ago, I had the PRK procedure performed by Dr. Singh and it has been the greatest decision I have ever made. I am 24 years old and have been wearing glasses since I was in first grade. I live a very active life style going hiking, camping, and playing soccer. Wearing contacts or glasses all the time had become such a hassle that I decided it was time for action. Before my surgery I couldn’t even see the big E on the vision test and now I am happy to say my vision 20/20. Now, I can go hiking without the worry of my contacts falling out and go camping without the worry of forgetting them at home. I am able to see things more clearly than ever. Thank you Dr. Singh and the staff at Nevada Eye Physicians for truly changing my life."- S.C. / Facebook / May 03, 2018
"Dr Singh was very professional and thorough, explaining the operation and what it took care of.Im extremely happy about the outcome I now have 20-20 vision in the eye he operated on. The staff at the office and the surgery center were very polite and empathetic. One satisfied patient and I would highly recommend Dr. Surjeet Singh to anyone who has vision problems."- M.C. / Google / Apr 29, 2018
"He saved my life. I would have gone blind recently had he not helped me.I come from a family of doctors, so my expectations are usually pretty high when dealing with other doctors. I was pleasantly surprised at how knowledgeable he was and how he was able to communicate with me. Great bedside manner. I won't go anywhere else."- J.H. / Healthgrades / Apr 06, 2018
Pediatric Eye Exams
Before the age of four, all children should have their vision checked by their pediatrician, family doctor, or ophthalmologist. The child should be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist for a more specialized eye exam if a problem is detected. Many serious eye problems that affect children can be diagnosed during an eye examination at that time.
Pediatric eye care exams can include any of the following tests:
Inspection of the Eye – The optometrist will inspect the eyes and eyelids and test various muscle movements. The pupils will also be checked and the reflection of light from the back of the eye will be evaluated.
Corneal Light Reflex Test – The optometrist will use a small flashlight to look at an area from the front of the eye or cornea where light is reflected. Ideally, the light should be in sharp focus and centered on both pupils. The test result is abnormal if the corneal light reflex isn’t crisp.
Cover Test – This test determines if the eyes are misaligned. While the child is looking into a bright light, the optometrist covers one eye at a time and looks for a shift in the eyes.
Acuity Test – An age-appropriate visual acuity test uses an eye chart and the child reads lines of characters. Each eye will be tested separately.
The pediatric ophthalmologist may recommend treatments of the following:
- Congenital glaucoma and congenital cataracts may both be treated surgically.
- Eye infections can most likely be cleared up with antibiotic drops. Occasionally, oral medication is needed for more serious infections.
- For the correction of amblyopia (lazy eye) and to help strengthen the weak eye, a patch is placed over the weak eye. Occasionally eye drops are used to blur the vision of the strong eye to cause the child to use the weak eye. Glasses may be prescribed to correct errors in focusing.
- Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not perfectly aligned. A child with strabismus can be “cross-eyed” (esotropic) or “wall-eyed” (exotropic). Corrective lenses can be used to improve vision in some cases. Other types may require surgery.
- Drooping eyelids, or ptosis, can be treated with surgery.
After the examination and diagnosis, your ophthalmologist will evaluate the best course of treatment for your child's condition. Most often, nonsurgical treatment may be provided and tested before surgical options are recommended.
Plan Your Visit
Proper eye care is important at any age, which is why Nevada Eye Physicians provides eye examinations and treatments for infants and children so that problems can be detected early. If you suspect that your child has an eye condition or if it is time for their routine eye exam, contact one of our Nevada locations today to schedule a pediatric eye exam.