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Pediatric Opthalmology, Adult & Pediatric

Pediatric Ophthalmology, Adult & Pediatric

Pediatric Eye Doctors in East Tennessee

Pediatric ophthalmologists focus their practice on diagnosing, treating and managing all children's eye problems. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s ophthalmology team has special training in the medical and surgical treatment of children's eyes. Because they only treat children, they are skilled at getting kids to communicate and discuss challenges with their vision.

Not only are children's bodies different from adults, they also vary in their ability to communicate. Children frequently cannot speak or become so anxious that they refuse to speak. As a result, they are not able to say what is bothering them or answer medical questions to help identify problems. Pediatric ophthalmologists are trained to assess a child's non-verbal response and expressions to make an accurate diagnosis.

Treatments That Can Last a Lifetime

Brain cells that control vision continue to develop throughout the first decade of a child's life. As a result, disorders that may have little effect on an adult's vision can have a profound or life-long effect on a child's ability to see. There are also some illnesses only seen in children. Other problems may not be exclusive to children, but may affect children differently. A pediatric ophthalmologist is trained to recognize and manage eye disorders and diseases in children from birth to adolescence.

Children's Eye Exams and Specialized Treatment

If your pediatrician recommends your child see a pediatric ophthalmologist, take comfort in knowing you are going to someone who has the widest range of treatment options, the most comprehensive training and the greatest expertise in treating children's eyes.

Some of the services provided by our eye doctors include:

  • Eye exams
  • Prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses
  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye infections, eye inflammation or problems caused by conditions such as diabetes or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Surgery for problems such as weak blocked tear ducts, cataracts, droopy eyelids or eye misalignment

Answers to Common Questions About Your Child's Vision

As children grow, vision can change with them. It's important for parents to protect their child's eyes from possible injury and have their vision checked regularly. Ophthalmologist Dr. Gary Gitschlag answers some common questions parents have about their child's vision and medical problems that can occur.