Children’s eye specialists or Pediatric Ophthalmologists in Mumbai form the backbone of a Paediatric Ophthalmology practice. This has become a well-established specialty in India in the past decade. Separate services targeting children are not usually offered by ophthalmologists handling “adult” cases. These kids eye doctors are also known as Pediatric Ophthalmologists.
When it comes to eye tests in children, child eye specialists need to know how much the child can see. For adults ophthalmologists depend on what someone can read from the eye test charts. In children, its different because they may not feel like reading at any given time. Thus, we as children eye doctors or parents, dont know if the child cannot see or is just not reading.
During the children’s eye test, your child eye specialists use special children’s eye test charts. These children’s eye test charts dont have alphabets. They do have pictures of thingslike houses, kites and apples. These eye test charts are used for vision test in your child.
Usually we try and make the child cover one eye at a time. If the child is very young then the doctor uses something to cover one eye of the child during the eye examination. It could even be the doctor’s hand. Your child’s eye test
When do children need their first eye examination ?
Post this first eye examination, if all is good, then the children eye specialist does the next eye examination at 1, 3 and 5 years of age at an eye clinic. If your doctor finds some eye problem, they usually start seeing these children once a year.
As children get older we see if the child has developed an eye power. We also see if the child has any eye strain. In other words we see if the child is making an extra effort to see clearly.
Parents should also bring their children for an eye exam if they complain of eye strain. This is specially true in the post covid world.
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What is ideal screen time for children ?
Parents are also advised by pediatric eye specialists in Mumbai to time their child’s screen time. This could be time spent in front of the TV or using handheld devices. The screen time could be divided into intervals of 20 to 30 minutes per session. It is vital that young children continue to be active and play outdoors. This helps in supporting their gross and fine motor development. Even their cognitive, social and communication development occurs.
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Pediatric optometrists form the second most important part of a pediatric ophthalmology practice. Since children may not be cooperative all the time, we have to rely on our findings. Thus the accuracy of our examination becomes very important.
Optometrists examine the glass power or eye power during your children’s eye test.
Pediatric anesthetists are useful when we need to perform surgeries on children.
We try and reduce the stress levels that the child may go through when entering the operating room. The speed at which the child goes to sleep is thus important. Pediatric anesthetists are very good with that.
Eye Solutions is a multilocation eye hospital. Its largest facility is at Kemps Corner and is a state of the art 9000sq feet eye hospital. Since we have a kid’s eye doctor, the hospital can deal with children with ease. We have a huge play area apart from a few other child-friendly amenities to help examine children.
Apart from the physical infrastructure our equipment is also suitable for children.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Contact lenses are safe in children. Ofcourse that does not mean one puts on the lens and then forgets about it. One has to take care of the lens and take it out every night and clean it and not sleep or shower in them.
Dr Deepak Garg, a kids eye doctor talks about children wearing contact lenses. Watch a video about “Are contact lenses safe in children”
- Schools can make it mandatory for all children to have an eye checkup every 6 months. The schools can help by checking with the children if they have been to an eye doctor.
- To organize talks by kids eye doctors in schools for the parents/teachers so that they learn about eye diseases. Many have many of their doubts cleared and questions answered. One of the best times to do this would be during the PTA meetings held in the schools.
- Schools can organize day-trips to an eye-hospital. This way, the parents can come along too and learn about various eye problems.
- To organize screening camps in schools to enable childrens eye specialists to detect eye problems in children.
- To organize talks for groups of young parents. These groups could be members of a housing society or members of a gymkhana.