Your child’s eyesight is crucial to his or her education. Fortunately, if an eyesight problem does occur, there are numerous treatment options available. The USC Roski Eye Institute has a renowned pediatric ophthalmology department with highly trained ophthalmologists who specialize in improving and restoring vision in children of all ages with the latest diagnostic technology and innovative treatments.
Protect your son or daughter’s vision year round with an annual eye exam and watch out for potential issues. Early detection and treatment are crucial for healthy vision.
Watch Out for These Common Childhood Eye Conditions
Conjunctivitis – Also known as pinkeye, conjunctivitis is highly contagious and can be spread by touching something an infected person has touched, swimming in a pool that an infected person as been in, or even allergies. Fortunately, the infection can be prevented with proper hygiene, such as thoroughly washing hands and not sharing eye drops, washcloths, or tissues with other people. The main symptom includes a bright red or pink appearance of the eyes as the clear membrane of the white part of the eye and inner surface of the eyelid is infected and inflamed.
Blocked Tear Duct – The tear ducts are responsible for draining away excess fluid around the eye and can become clogged as a result of eye infections, facial injuries, tumors, congenital factors, and narrowing of the tear duct openings with age. The blocked tear ducts can cause excessive tearing, blurred vision, irritation, and recurrent eye infections.
Orbital Cellulitis – A serious eye infection in which the skin and tissue surrounding the eye becomes inflamed from a bacterial infection, trauma, or sinus infection. While the eyeball is usually not directly affected, the swollen, red, and painful eyelids can decrease vision and even the child’s ability to move his or her eyes. In severe cases, the child may also have a fever. Orbital cellulitis is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention in order to prevent further complications.
Pediatric Cataract – A cataract is a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye that may form as a result of genetic factors, trauma, metabolic problems, or infection. Some cataracts may be present at birth, or they may develop in young children. Depending on the type and size of the cataract, treatment may or may not be necessary; however, surgery may be recommended to prevent the cataract from interfering with the child’s visual development.
Strabismus – Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes due to abnormal development of the neuromuscular structures that control eye movement (including the brain), trauma, brain tumor, or stroke. The symptoms, which include crossed or misaligned eyes, may be present at birth or up to six or seven years of age. If not treated, strabismus can cause loss of depth perception, double vision, or overall impaired vision. The condition can be treated with glasses, surgery, eye exercises, and even eye drops.
Contact the Pediatric Ophthalmologists at USC Roski Eye Institute
If your son or daughter is experiencing vision problems, early diagnosis and treatment is crucial for protecting his or her long-term eye health and well-being. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the skilled pediatric ophthalmologists at USC Roski Eye Institute for a comprehensive eye exam and the most cutting-edge, personalized treatment available.
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