Because of our busy lifestyles, it is difficult to keep on top of everything. Especially the little, uncommon things, such as changes to your children’s eyes. However, your children’s eye and optic health cannot be neglected.

Today, our children’s eye doctor explains why it is so important not to be hesitant about taking your child to an eye and vision specialist. Also, we give you a handy guide about what symptoms should be a red light for you.

Why it’s crucial to take your child to an ophthalmologist when you’re in doubt

The American Association of Orthoptists released a study stating that “Early detection and prompt treatment of ocular disorders in children is important to avoid lifelong visual impairment.” They further go on to explain that newborns should be examined for ocular structural abnormalities, such as cataract, corneal opacity, and ptosis – all result in visual problems. 

Our children’s eye doctors advise the parents to bring their children for their first visual examination between the age of 3 and 4. If there is a suspected problem, the parents should take their children to see an ophthalmologist immediately – regardless of the age. Since many conditions are only treatable at an early age, or in the initial stage, our specialist will carry out examinations to identify these conditions.

Conditions that are best treatable at an early age include:

  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • Nystagmus
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Eyelid Problems
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Signs to look out for 

We know that early detection can save your child from years of suffering, treatment, or surgery. Some conditions, if left untreated, can have life-changing implications for the child. Therefore, you must pay attention to your child in order to spot any changes and have them examined by a pediatric optometrist

There are the 5 things you MUST NOT ignore as they are common symptoms of the aforementioned conditions:

  1. A sudden appearance of pain, or itching.
  2. Sensitivity to light.
  3. Blinking spasms.
  4. Excessive tearing, or discharge.
  5. Continuous redness.

About our Pediatric Optometrist in Livingston

Our exceptional 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. 

Our pediatric eye doctors are experts at meeting your children’s eye and vision needs. We pride ourselves on the results we achieve with our patients and we believe the key is not just our medical expertise, but also attitude and patience with the children. Our motto is “to provide the highest quality eye care for children in a setting that is comfortable and reassuring.”

We understand that you may have many questions about our Livingston ophthalmologist, so if any of them are still unanswered, please refer to our FAQs page, or contact us. You can get in touch with us by:

  1. Visiting our practice

22 Old Short Hills Rd. Lower Level-1,Livingston, New Jersey 07039

Open hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:00

  1. Calling us on 973-422-1230
  2. Submitting the enquiry form on our contact us page
  3. Checking our facebook page – Pediatric Eye Associates, LLC

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.