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Pediatric Ophthalmology

First-time glasses, amblyopia, and strabismus surgery

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Pediatric Ophthalmology is a subspecialty of ophthalmology dealing with eye problems in children. Clear vision plays an important role in the mental, physical, and social development of children.

Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," is a common eye problem in children. The problem occurs when the pathways of vision in the brain don't develop properly. The human visual system develops as the brain matures; this is a process that takes about ten years. It is important to diagnose and treat amblyopia at an early age. If not caught early enough, children with amblyopia have a risk of permanent vision loss.

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Strabismus, another problem commonly seen in children, occurs when the eyes are not aligned properly and point in different directions. One eye may look straight ahead while the other eye turns inward, outward, upward, or downward. About 4 percent of all children in the United States have strabismus. It can also occur later in life. It may run in families; however, many people with strabismus have no relatives with the problem.

Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates is of the area's most established pediatric eye treatment centers. Our 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. Dr. William Potter, a fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologist, leads this department. He is an expert at performing strabismus surgery for both children and adults.

Following the recommendations of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, we advise that all children have a vision examination by their fourth birthday, even if vision appears to be developing normally.