Pediatric eye care at Studer Family Children’s Hospital
Experienced pediatric eye doctors (ophthalmologists and optometrists) at Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart deliver advanced care for children with eye and vision conditions. Your child’s first appointment starts with a conversation about your child and their symptoms. Our pediatric eye doctors and care team members are skilled at recognizing the sometimes subtle signs of an eye problem that a baby or young child cannot describe. Using specialized equipment designed for children, we diagnose pediatric eye conditions. Then, we create a personalized care plan that’s right for your child.
Conditions we diagnose and treat
Our pediatric eye doctors diagnose and treat eye conditions, including:
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Blindness or low vision
- Childhood glaucoma (buildup of pressure in the eye)
- Clogged tear ducts and excessive tearing
- Congenital anomalies of the eye
- Double vision and eye movement disorders
- Eye socket (orbital) conditions
- Eye trauma
- Eye tumors
- Neurological eye disorders
- Ocular genetic conditions
- Optic nerve disorders
- Ptosis (drooping eyelid)
- Refractive errors (astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia) or blurry vision
- Retinopathy of prematurity
- Severe or recurrent eye infections
- Strabismus (misaligned eyes)
- Sty or chalazion (sore bump on the eyelid)
Advanced eye tests and treatments for children
Your child’s care starts with getting the right diagnosis. Experienced care teams at Studer Family Children’s Hospital provide advanced diagnostics and testing. During your child’s office visit, we take a thorough history and perform a comprehensive eye exam. This may include dilating your child’s eyes so we can examine their retinas and optic nerves. Your child’s eye doctor may perform other advanced diagnostic tests, depending on your child and their diagnosis. Our care team helps your child feel comfortable by explaining the test in a way they can understand.
Your child’s doctor works with you to create a care plan that’s right for your child. Depending on your child’s needs, their care plan may include medications, glasses or contacts, or surgery. If your child’s condition is related to another health concern, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or a neurological condition, your care team works with other pediatric specialists to deliver comprehensive care.
Surgical care for pediatric eye injuries and conditions
Our experienced ophthalmologist at Studer Family Children’s Hospital delivers advanced eye surgery for eye injuries and conditions. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive procedures, which can mean a lower risk for complications and a shorter recovery. If surgery is part of your child’s care plan, your child’s care team takes the time to explain the procedure to you and your child. We also explain what to expect before surgery and how to care for your child after surgery.