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Pediatric Eye Care

It’s a fact that, for the first 12 years of life, nearly 80% of learning is accomplished through the eyes. After 9 years of age, the visual system is usually fully developed for life. That’s why protecting children’s vision is so important. For experienced, kid-friendly eye care you can trust for your child, look to St. Paul Eye Clinic.

We understand that children are not just small adults. They may not be able to describe what is bothering them. They may not be able to answer medical questions or be patient and cooperative during an exam. That’s why all our board-certified ophthalmologists have special training in treating children’s eyes. For more complex problems, we have a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology.

St. Paul Eye Clinic provides comprehensive evaluation, consultation, and proven, effective treatments for routine and complex pediatric eye conditions, including:

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Strabismus

Approximately 4% of children in the United States are affected by this condition, which is characterized by eyes that are misaligned. If not treated, children with strabismus risk permanent loss of visual acuity in the non-dominant eye.

Different types of strabismus include crossed-eyes (esotropia, the most common type in children), out-turned eyes (exotropia), or vertical misalignment (hyper- or hypotropia).

The problem may be present intermittently or constantly. Treatment options depend upon the type of strabismus and may include glasses, special prism lenses, and/or surgery.

Amblyopia

Amblyopia is the loss or lack of the full development of vision in one eye. Also called “lazy eye,” this is a condition in which the vision in the one eye (or both eyes) is poor, usually as a result of strabismus.

The condition is common, affecting as many as three out of every 100 children. Other causes of amblyopia include farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. It can even be caused by drooping eyelids or the rare occurrence of a childhood cataract.

Other Pediatric Eye Conditions

We can also diagnose a whole host of ocular conditions, including tear duct obstruction, congenital cataracts, congenital and juvenile glaucoma, and eyelid problems.

Ensure that Your Child Sees Well into the Future

At St. Paul Eye Clinic, we will treat your child with the utmost care and concern from the moment you first arrive. You will accompany your child throughout their exam and get answers to any questions you have. We even have kid-friendly exam rooms designed for children.

Your child deserves a lifetime of clear, healthy vision. Call and schedule an appointment for your child at the St. Paul Eye Clinic nearest you today. We have several locations in St. Paul, Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin to serve you.