Pediatric Vision Care in Dayton and Springboro
The team at CVP Physicians Dayton is committed to providing high-quality eye care for the entire family. Our pediatric eye doctors are experienced in treating a variety of childhood eye conditions. We use advanced diagnostic tools and treatments, along with a gentle touch, to care for young eyes and promote lifelong healthy vision.
Pediatric Eye Diseases and Conditions
Children can develop the same vision issues and eye diseases that are common in adults, but young patients require specialized care. There are also certain eye conditions that are more common in babies and children. Your pediatrician or family doctor can perform routine vision screenings to check your little one for signs of any eye problems. If your child needs additional screening or treatment, you will be referred to a qualified pediatric ophthalmologist, such as the specialists at CVP Physicians Dayton.
Treatment for Blocked Tear Ducts
Blocked tear ducts occur when the lacrimal drainage system of the eye is clogged, which prevents tears from draining. Approximately 10% of newborn infants have blocked tear ducts.1 Blocked tear duct symptoms include redness around the eyes, mucus or yellowish discharge from the eyes, watery eyes, and tears that fall even when your child is not crying. Blocked tear ducts can cause discomfort, pain, and may result in infection if left untreated.
Treatment for blocked tear ducts in babies and children includes nasolacrimal massage, antibiotic eye drops, and oral antibiotic medication. For severe cases of tear duct blockage, our pediatric ophthalmologists can perform nasolacrimal duct probing. In this procedure, a specialized probe is inserted in the tear duct to clear the blockage.
A chalazion is a slow-growing bump on the upper or lower eyelid that is the result of a clogged meibomian gland, which is an oil-producing gland in the eye. Chalazions are typically painless, but they can become red, irritated, and uncomfortable. A large chalazion may interfere with vision.
Treatment recommendations depend on the severity of the chalazion. Initial treatment can include eyelid washes, warm compresses, or antibiotics. Our pediatric ophthalmologists can perform chalazion surgery if other medical treatment has not worked or the chalazion is severe. During surgery, a tiny incision is made to allow the blocked gland to drain.
Pediatric Cataract Surgery
Cataracts, a condition characterized by a clouded lens in the eye, are commonly associated with older age. However, it is estimated that 3 of every 10,000 children have a cataract.2. Infants may be born with cataracts and children may develop cataracts as a result of genetic predisposition, injuries, or metabolic disorders. Pediatric cataracts are often diagnosed soon after birth or at routine vision screenings. A pediatric cataract can obstruct the retina and cause vision loss.
The pediatric eye surgeons at CVP Physicians Dayton are experienced in cataract surgery, which is the only effective treatment for cataracts. While cataract surgery for adults is typically performed with local anesthetic, general anesthesia may be used for children. The surgeon will use a specialized instrument to remove the eye’s natural lens and replace it with an artificial replacement lens (IOL).
Strabismus, sometimes called “crossed eyes”, is a condition in which the eyes are misaligned. Strabismus results in eyes that look in different directions – when one eye is looking straight ahead, the other eye may appear to be looking up, down, or to the side. Strabismus can be inherited or the result of an underlying medical condition, and may also develop in adulthood.
If left untreated, strabismus can cause reduced vision and a condition called amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye”.3 Treatment options for strabismus include specialized eyewear, vision therapy, or surgery. The pediatric ophthalmologists at CVP Physicians Dayton will carefully evaluate your child’s vision to recommend the best treatment plan. Our doctors also treat adult strabismus.
Eyelid Lumps and Bumps
A lump or bump on your child’s eye can have a variety of causes and it is best to see an experienced pediatric ophthalmologist for an evaluation. A bump on the eyelid can be due to an infection, such as a stye or blepharitis. It can also be caused by hemangioma, which is a non-cancerous tumor. Our pediatric eye experts can diagnose the cause of eyelid abnormalities and discuss treatment options with you in order to determine the best treatment plan for your child.
Contact CVP Physicians Dayton for Pediatric Eye Care
At CVP Physicians Dayton, we understand the importance of childhood vision and the role that it plays in learning and development. Contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment for your child today.
1 American Academy of Pediatrics. Tear duct – blocked. Available: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/Symptom-Checker/Pages/symptomviewer.aspx?symptom=Tear+Duct+-+Blocked Accessed June 8, 2020.
2 American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus. Cataract. Available: https://aapos.org/browse/glossary/entry?GlossaryKey=a74b3df1-37c1-4442-b4c4-ad2ee6b7ca4c Accessed June 8, 2020.
3 American Optometric Association. Strabismus (Crossed Eyes). Available: https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/strabismus Accessed June 8, 2020.