Pediatric Ophthalmology

What is Paediatric Ophthalmology? Paediatric Ophthalmology is a sub-speciality which deals with visual improvement, eye diseases and vision care in children.If your child has an eye problem, is facing difficulty reading, or needs surgery or medical treatment for an illness affecting the eyes, a pediatric ophthalmologist has the experience and qualifications to treat your child.
Symptoms that may be related to refractive error:

Squint or strabismus is not a cosmetic problem. The causes of squint especially in children can be due to several reasons such as uncorrected refractive error in one eye, an injury, problem in eye muscles or neurological problems.

Not all types of squints can be corrected by a surgery. The treatment for squint may include prescription of glasses, eye exercises, patching of the other eye or surgical correction. It takes a detailed examination to decide the best course of action.

AEI’s neuro-ophthalmologists offer comprehensive examination as well as medical and surgical services using the most advanced diagnostic technology. Our paediatric ophthalmologists are experts in paediatric, neuro and strabismus as sub specialities.

Unlike other eye problems, squint falls under the preview of both neurology and ophthalmology. To treat such problems, a separate branch called neuro-ophthalmology, that deals with complex systemic disease that have manifestations in the visual system, is needed. AEI is one of the very few institutes in the nation to provide paediatric neuro-ophthalmology services.

Guidelines for Television viewing:
  • If prescribed, wear spectacle while watching television
  • Upper limit for the duration of TV watching /day should be less than 1 hour/day.
  • Encourage outdoor activities and playing in sunlight.
  • One should take a break for 5 minutes after 20 minutes of watching television
  • Recommended viewing distance from the television set is 6 feet and from mobile / laptop is 1 feet
  • Balanced diet (vegetables/salad/fruits/milk etc.) is necessary for general eye health but does not affect refractive errors
Something that you would not want to miss  An important part of the institute is the Saveranand Nethralaya, non-profit organization. The organization supports school camps and screening for any paediatric eye diseases as well as outpatient clinic for underprivileged children. For more information and opportunities to donate,please see SAVERANAND NETHRALAYA page.