Early detection and treatment of ocular health issues can help preserve your child’s vision for the rest of their life. At Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons in West Nyack and Garnerville, NY, our vision care services are specifically tailored to serve the unique needs of children. Our pediatric ophthalmologist and staff are dedicated to making your child’s experience at the eye doctor an enjoyable one. We have experience treating patients of all ages and needs, and we can educate both parents and children on how to protect eye health and prevent childhood eye conditions.
Eye Care for Children
We recommend parents bring their child in for their first eye exam around age three. This is when a child is typically able to identify simple pictures on an eye chart. An additional appointment is recommended when the child reaches kindergarten. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye problems in children is critical in order to prevent any disruption to normal visual development.
Aside from the routine exams mentioned above, newborns should be seen upon discharge from the hospital if they were significantly premature. Children should be checked as soon as possible if they are squinting, or if they fail a screening with their pediatrician or school nurse. Regular exams are important if children have diabetes or juvenile arthritis or if an inheritable eye disease runs in their family.
Eye Conditions in Children
In addition to checking for standard vision problems, there are other conditions we must watch for in children, including:
In addition, children are also at risk of developing cataracts or glaucoma. Some children are born with these conditions, while other children can develop them at a young age. Early intervention with any of these eye conditions is crucial for ensuring your child has good vision later in life. In cases of strabismus or amblyopia, eye patching therapy or surgical intervention may sometimes be required for treatment.
Our entire staff makes every effort to ensure all our pediatric patients feel comfortable and safe when they come to our office. We also have unique experience treating children with special needs.
Our Experience Makes Kids Feel Comfortable and Safe
Our pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Jeffrey S. Leen, is fellowship trained and has extensive experience working with children. Our entire staff makes every effort to ensure all our pediatric patients feel comfortable and safe when they come to our office. In addition, many children with disabilities or special needs have specific eye care requirements, and our pediatric ophthalmologist is an expert in providing this type of care.
Contact Us for a Pediatric Ophthalmology Appointment
Regular pediatric eye appointments can ensure your child's vision is corrected and addressed before beginning school. Correcting issues early can help ensure your child can excel in educational and recreational activities. To schedule an appointment for your child, contact Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons online today or call (854) 847-2240.