When you think of cataracts, you usually do not associate them with children. But children can be diagnosed with cataracts at any age, including newborns.
What is a cataract? It is a clouding over the eye’s lens which affects children’s vision. Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes. If left untreated, they can even lead to blindness.
Though rare in children, cataracts should be taken seriously. They must be diagnosed and treated by a pediatric eye doctor if suspected.
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts in Children?
You may notice symptoms of cataracts when your child is an infant. A white light reflex, instead of red normally seen in a flash photo, may be a sign of cataract or other abnormality.
What Causes Cataracts in Children?
Cataracts can be congenital, meaning they are born with the condition. Sometimes it is caused by an external condition, including:
- Injury to the eye
- Steroid use
- Complications from other eye diseases such as glaucoma
Congenital cataracts may be associated with other health conditions or eye problems. Examples include metabolic disorders and chromosome problems such as Trisomy 21. See a pediatric ophthalmologist for an evaluation if your child is at risk for cataracts due to other health conditions.
How are Cataracts Treated in Children?
Newborns born with a cataract will likely need surgery. The cataract needs to be removed so vision development isn’t impaired. Early evaluation of a suspected cataract is critical.
Where Can I Find a Pediatric Eye Doctor Near Me?
Pediatric Eye Associates is a top-choice pediatric eye clinic in New Jersey because of our compassion toward our patients and their families. We also have the experience and knowledge to treat even the most challenging eye conditions in children.
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