The Importance of Retina Specialists in Treating Children’s Eye Diseases

Children experience a variety of eye problems that often require unique treatment, as a child’s eye and general vision are still developing up until age nine. At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Sterling, our skilled professionals are trained in diagnosing and treating ocular disorders in children of all ages, from newborn babies to teenagers.

One of the most serious of conditions is retinal disorder, which occurs when the retina malfunctions. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue on the inside and back of the eye. Vision originates in the retina, which contains photoreceptor cells that convert light into electrical impulses. These impulses are the visual information or “pictures” that travel to the brain via the optic nerve. Most retinal disorders involve a disruption in the transmission of these impulses.

Signs your child may have a retinal disorder:
• a white pupil
• a loss or partial loss of vision
• night blindness
• black “floaters” in vision
• sudden, persistent flashing lights
• an intolerance of light

Accurate diagnosis is made through a full ophthalmologic examination that may involve an ultrasound of the eye, visual field tests, CT cans and other imaging techniques. Treatment of retinal disorders varies widely, depending on the type. Some of the most common include: retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) a disorder that occurs in premature infants resulting in blood vessels that grow out of control along the retina; uveitis, a form of eye inflammation; congenital malformations of the optic nerve and retina; juvenile retinal detachment; and juvenile retinoschisis, a degenerative retinal disorder.

Committed to maintaining good eye health

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Sterling, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care for your child. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.