Regular pediatric ophthalmology appointments provide children with the best tools for maintaining their eye health. Whether your child is showing concerning symptoms or they just need a checkup, visit the Eye Health Center of Troy in Troy, New York. Dr. Pamela Kaw and her team offer a wide range of services, from standard vision correction to treatment for complicated eye conditions. Patients travel from around the area to see the doctors at Eye Health Center of Troy. Patients even drive from Albany and Tri City! Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.
Pediatric Ophthalmology Q & A
What is pediatric ophthalmology?
Pediatric ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that focuses on children’s eye health, especially as it relates to common pediatric eye disorders, the anatomy of the eye, and surgical procedures.
At the Eye Health Center of Troy, Dr. Kaw and her team offer eye care for patients of all ages, including infants, children, and young adults. They perform some procedures in-office, and they offer hospital-based procedures at Samaritan Hospital and Albany Medical Center.
What pediatric ophthalmology services are offered?
No matter the issue, Dr. Kaw and her team can help your child with eye-related emergencies, complex conditions, or regular checkups. Common services younger patients need include:
-Strabismus surgery: correction of eye turning or crossed eyes
-Amblyopia treatment: resolving “lazy eye,” a condition where the brain favors one eye over the other
-Routine eye care: such as vision assessments, treatment for sports injuries, or screening for hereditary eye diseases
-Contact lens fitting: for older children or young adults
Dr. Kaw and her team know that doctor visits can make children fearful or anxious, so they provide all services in a comfortable and welcoming environment for children and their families.
How often does my child need a pediatric ophthalmology visit?
The American Optometric Association recommends low-risk children get eye exams as young as six months. They should then have another exam around age three, an exam before first grade, and regular exams about every two years up to age 18.
If your child has a high risk for eye conditions or hereditary diseases, similar guidelines apply; however, they may need exams about once a year after first grade.
What are the benefits of pediatric ophthalmology?
Your child’s eye health is intricately connected to key development processes like balance, coordination, and spatial awareness. Regular pediatric ophthalmology appointments ensure that your child’s eyes develop properly and that Dr. Kaw and her team can intervene before vision problems become complicated or dangerous.
As a sole-physician practice, the Eye Health Center of Troy allows children to see the same physician each visit, so they can develop a relationship of trust.
To learn more or schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.