It is never too early to have an eye exam, although it is prudent to have children examined by the age of four. There are a number of conditions where an early examination is mandatory: prematurity, excessive tearing, droopy eye lids, crossed eyes or a failed vision screening. Early treatment allows for timely intervention, which is particularly important for a child’s developing eye sight.
Common Pediatric Eye Surgeries
Tear duct probing is a common procedure done under a general anesthetic to relieve blockage of the nasolacrimal duct. The surgery is very safe and highly effective. It is typically performed after a year of age.
Strabismus surgery is procedure to straighten crossed eyes. If left untreated strabismus can lead to permanent loss of vision in the weaker eye. The surgery involves moving muscle on the eye to allow them align properly. The surgery is performed under a general anesthetic and be done with sutureless incisions for greater postoperative comfort.