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Pediatric Ophthalmology

There’s a reason most schools offer routine eye exams — inability to read due to poor vision can be mistaken as a learning disability. But glasses might not be the only thing your child needs. Some types of vision problems, if left untreated, can lead to permanent loss of sight. At Kentucky Children’s Hospital, pediatric ophthalmology is provided by UK Advanced Eye Care, where pediatric ophthalmologists and pediatric optometrists have the expertise to diagnose and treat your child’s vision problems, whether caused by illness, injury or genetics.

  • Conditions We Treat

    When it comes to children, the most important preventive steps are routine eye examinations, visual screening tests and avoidance of eye trauma. If your child’s routine exam shows something amiss, that’s where we step in. Our ophthalmology team offers diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of conditions and pediatric eye diseases, including:

    • Amblyopia
    • Chalazion
    • Coats’ disease
    • Congenital ocular infections
    • Congenital ptosis
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Corneal/limbal dermoid
    • Corneal dystrophies
    • Facial/eye trauma in children
    • Facial hemangioma
    • Fundus coloboma
    • Hereditary optic neuropathy
    • Inflammatory optic neuropathy
    • Leber congenital amaurosis
    • Nasolacrimal obstruction/anomaly
    • Nystagmus
    • Optic nerve drusen
    • Orbital dermoid
    • Papilledema
    • Pediatric cataracts
    • Pediatric glaucoma
    • Pediatric oculoplastics
    • Pediatric refractive surgery
    • Pediatric uveitis
    • Peters Anomaly
    • Refractive error
    • Retinal dystrophies
    • Retinitis pigmentosa
    • Retinoblastoma and other retinal tumors
    • Retinopathy of prematurity
    • Strabismus

    In all cases, it is important to get treatment as soon as the condition is detected to preserve the vision of your child. Some of these conditions can be treated with glasses, exercises, the wearing of an eye patch and medicated eye drops. However, pediatric cataracts or glaucoma almost always require surgery to prevent permanent vision loss. We perform the most advanced procedures to save our patients’ eyesight. Some children may also need pediatric refractive surgery (the childhood version of LASIK surgery) because of issues with wearing glasses or contact lenses.

  • Why Choose Kentucky Children’s Hospital for Pediatric Ophthalmology?

    The younger your child is, the harder it may be to get them to sit still for an eye exam. But at Kentucky Children’s Hospital , we’re used to it. We know that kids have different reactions to doctors than adults, along with their very different medical needs. Our board-certified pediatric eye doctors and others on our pediatric ophthalmology team will work with your whole family to provide the best results for your child.