Pediatric Ophthalmology

Georgina Eye Clinic provides children’s ophthalmology services and treatments for pediatric eye disease. We are sensitive to the differences between an adult exam and that for a child. We provide care for newborns, toddlers, and teens. 



Importance Of Eye Exams For Children

It is very important for the child’s overall health and well-being to have clear vision and healthy eyes. This is also directly linked to their academic performance in school. Although schools may perform vision screenings each year, these do not test the overall health of the child’s eye. This is why it is important for your child to get professional eye exams with an ophthalmologist. She will test your child’s vision, while also evaluating the child’s eyes for more serious conditions and diseases.

Pediatric Eye Conditions We Treat At Georgina Eye Clinic

We treat common newborn problems, such as blocked nasal lacrimal ducts, which cause chronic tearing. We also specialize in treating amblyopia or lazy eye. We strongly recommend that all children with a family history of lazy eye have a complete eye exam before age 3 since this problem commonly runs in families. While early treatment leads to better long term results, it is often difficult to treat this problem after age eight. “Crossed eyes” or strabismus is another common problem treated at Georgina Eye Clinic.

Common Tests Performed During Pediatric Eye Exam

During your child’s eye examination, we will usually include tests for the following:

  • Visual acuity
  • Eye tracking
  • Binocular coordination
  • Focusing skills
  • Dyslexia
  • Color blindness
  • Peripheral awareness
  • Hand-eye coordination

Depending on the age and reading ability of the child, we may employ various diagnostic charts and tests. Other than traditional eye charts for near and distant vision, other tests performed may include:

  • A visual field test
  • Dilation
  • Slit-lamp examination
  • Cover test
  • Radioscopy
  • Refraction

Using these tests, we are able to assess whether corrective lenses are necessary to improve your child’s vision or whether there is an eye disease or underlying condition that requires treatment.

What to Expect after Your Child’s Eye Exam 

After the eye examination, most children do not require any further treatment. If a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan will be developed that may include:

  • Prescription for eyeglasses
  • Medication for inflammation or infection
  • Wearing a patch on the more functional eye (for amblyopia)
  • Vision therapy for weak eye muscles
  • Surgical repair (this is rare)

Our optical shops at all our locations offer a wide range of pediatric glasses for our patients. We also offer contact lens fittings for teenage patients.

Schedule Your Child’s Eye Exam

To schedule a pediatric eye exam for your child, contact Georgina Eye Clinic today. Call us at 0755 347258  to schedule an appointment at your nearest location.