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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Pediatric ophthalmology is a subspecialty of ophthalmology dealing with children’s eye diseases. The human visual system develops as the brain matures, a process that takes about ten years. Although a baby’s eyes are optically capable of seeing, infant vision is limited to around 20/1500 (the ability to see the shapes of people but not their features), in part because the brain has not learned how to process the visual messages it receives. As visual development proceeds, that same child will eventually be able to detect the finest details in an image.

Pediatric Ophthalmology BrochureSome ophthalmic problems encountered in children and frequently treated by our specialists include amblyopia, strabismus, pediatric glaucoma, brain disorders that affect vision, retinopathy or prematurity and retinoblastoma. Learn more about pediatric ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Read more about common problems found in children and how to take care of their vision.

Why Bascom Palmer Eye Institute?

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is one of only a few centers giving special attention to the diverse ophthalmic needs of children from infancy through adolescence — a critical time when clear vision plays an important role in mental, physical, and social development.

As a major referral center serving the United States, Caribbean and Latin America, the institute treats approximately 7,000 children annually in its William and Norma Horvitz Children’s Center – an outstanding ophthalmic facility designed specifically for pediatric care.

The center’s diagnostic and treatment services encompass the common eye disorders of childhood, such as amblyopia and strabismus, as well as rare disorders affecting infants and children. With the support of the extensive resources of the entire Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, we specialize in the blinding and visually-impairing diseases of childhood including congenital cataracts, congenital glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity, detached retinas, ocular infections, hereditary disorders and tumors.

Following the recommendations of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer’s pediatric ophthalmologists advise that all children have a vision examination by their fourth birthday if vision appears to be developing normally.