Children can be afflicted by many eye diseases. They may be born with or may develop cataracts, glaucoma, retinal and orbital tumors, or other problems. More commonly, children may need glasses to see more clearly or intervention for misaligned eyes (strabismus) or poor visual development in one eye (amblyopia). The management of eye problems in children requires special knowledge and skills. Even before a child can speak, pediatric ophthalmologists can tell what a child sees, if he or she needs eyeglasses or contact lenses, and if any problems exist with the eyes. Children are not miniature adults, and their eye problems require diagnostic and treatment methods that are usually different from those used in the older age group. Fortunately, most eye problems can be treated without surgery, but about 1,000 children per year undergo surgical correction of their eye problems at Wills Eye.
Pediatric ophthalmologists on the Wills Eye Hospital staff engage in educational and research activities in addition to the clinical and surgical care of their child patients. Most of the patients are from the Delaware Valley, but many come from other states and all parts of the world.
The goal of the Wills Eye ocular genetics physicians is to ensure that a patient will fully understand and have a clear pathway for the next steps in the management of their genetic eye disease.
The specialists and staff spend as much time as necessary with a patient to discuss all aspects of the patient’s genetic eye disease. As part of the treatments offered, a patient may have to undergo other diagnostic procedures, including:
- Tests performed in our Diagnostic Center
- Photographs taken
- Meetings with an Ocular Genetic Counselor
- A discussion with a Low Vision Resource Advisor
The mission of the Wills Eye Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics Service is to deliver the finest level of eye care for children, to teach the next generation of pediatric eye doctors, and to research new ways to better diagnose and treat the eye problems of children.
Clinic Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1210
Philadelphia, PA 19107