What is a pediatric ophthalmologist?

Pediatric ophthalmologists are medical and surgical doctors who specialize in the eye problems of children.  A pediatric ophthalmologist has had additional training and practice in examining children and caring for their eye problems. Vision develops in the brain during the first 7-9 years of life and can be affected by eyes that are not straight, they do not focus correctly or if something is blocking light from entering the eye.  A child's vision can usually be corrected if these problems are caught early, treated and maintained.

If your primary care doctor recommends that your child have his or her eyes checked, a pediatric ophthalmologist will have the greatest knowledge of the possible conditions and the most experience in examining children effectively.