Eye care should be an important part of your child’s overall health care regime. Eye exams are an important way to identify potential issues with your child’s vision before they become a problem. Early diagnosis and relevant treatment greatly increase the chances of successful outcomes. For a comprehensive eye test take your child to an ophthalmologist.

Who are pediatric ophthalmologists? 

Pediatric ophthalmologists (MD) are medical doctors and surgeons. They are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage all children’s eye problems, as well as prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses. 

Ophthalmologists are skilled at recognizing the sometimes subtle signs of an eye problem that a baby or young child cannot describe. They undergo four years of medical school followed by a three-year residency in ophthalmology. Subsequently, they complete an additional one to two years of specialized fellowship training.

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Warning signs of vision problems in children

It isn’t always easy to tell that your child has a vision problem. Children tend to be very vocal about being hungry, thirsty or tired, but they often try to hide discomfort caused by blurry looking words in the textbook or itchy eyelids. It’s time to see a pediatric ophthalmologist if you notice any of the following warning signs in your child:

  • Crossed or wandering eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive blinking
  • Slower reading or getting tired after reading 
  • School performance below expectations
  • Headaches 
  • Problems with coordination 
  • Red, itchy or watery eyes
  • Difficulty copying from a chalkboard or textbook

Whether you suspect your child may have a problem with their vision or have been already referred by your child’s pediatrician to an ophthalmologist, ensure you choose the right doctor for your child. 
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What makes Pediatric Eye Associates the best pediatric ophthalmologist clinic in Livingston and area?

We know that without healthy vision our children will not be able to learn, play, and be curious and inquisitive as children should be. We are aware that to be able to treat children effectively, we need a delicate and individual approach to each of our young patients. Our motto is “to provide the highest quality eye care for children in a setting that is comfortable and reassuring.” That also means communicating openly and building rapport with their parents or guardians. 

Our doctors, Amy Lambert, MD, and Rachel Bloom, MD, are both board-certified pediatric ophthalmologists. Dr. Lambert, the founder of Pediatric Eye Associates, LLC, is also a board-certified strabismus surgeon, and Dr. Bloom is additionally fellowship trained. 

If you have any questions about our pediatric ophthalmology clinic in Livingstone or children’s eye doctor contact us directly at 973-422-1230, drop us an email at [email protected] or use the contact form provided on our contact us page. We will be happy to assist you!

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.