Pediatric Ophthalmology

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Pediatric ophthalmologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center focus on care for children with all types of eye conditions, including inherited disorders. With specialized training in diagnosis and treatment of pediatric eye disease, our doctors provide personalized care for our youngest patients. 

Specialized Care for Children’s Eye Disorders

Pediatric ophthalmologists in the Department of Ophthalmology offer comprehensive care, including diagnosis, treatment, and management, for children’s eye diseases and adult strabismus (deviated eyes). We specialize in inherited eye disorders such as congenital (present since birth) glaucoma and cataracts.

Our doctors see patients at the Children's Medical Center Dallas and Children's Medical Center Plano.

Conditions We Treat

Our pediatric ophthalmologists treat children who have eye conditions such as:

  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Anisometropia: Unequal focus in a person’s eyes
  • Congenital cataracts: Cataracts that develop in newborns
  • Dissociated vertical deviation: One eye that drifts slowly upward
  • Double vision (diplopia): Usually occurs when eyes don't line up on a target. It can be mild, creating "ghosting" of the image, or more severe, when two distinct images of one object are seen. Causes include misalignment of the eyes, weak eye muscle, head concussion, stroke, nerve palsy, and diabetes. It occasionally occurs in one eye, which can signal a defect in the retina or cornea
  • Drooping eyelid (ptosis)
  • Esotropia: One or both eyes that turn inward, sometimes called crossed eyes
  • Exotropia: One or both eyes that turn outward
  • Ocular infections: Bacterial, viral, or fungal infections in the eye, eyelid, or surrounding areas
  • Ocular trauma: Injury to the eye, eyelid, or surrounding areas
  • Retinopathy of prematurity: Eye disorder of the retina (back layer of the eye) that primarily affects premature babies
  • Strabismus: Misalignment of the eyes, either upward, downward, outward, or inward, which can sometimes develop in adults or not be diagnosed until adulthood
  • Superior oblique palsy: Disorder of the fourth cranial nerve that causes weakness in the eye muscle (superior oblique), resulting in misaligned eyes
  • Uveitis: Group of inflammatory diseases that causes swelling in the middle layer of the eye and can lead to vision loss
  • Refraction (vision) errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism

UT Southwestern pediatric eye specialists also treat children with rare, inherited disorders such as:

  • X-linked juvenile retinoschisis: Disorder affecting the retina and appearing mostly in boys
  • Retinitis pigmentosa: Group of disorders that cause cells in the retina to break down
  • Cone dystrophy: Group of disorders that affect cone cells in the retina
  • Leber congenital amaurosis: Disorder affecting the retina that can cause blindness at birth
  • Stargardt's disease: Juvenile macular degeneration
  • Choroideremia: Condition that causes retina degeneration and causes gradual but severe vision loss
  • Albinism: Disorder in which the body cannot produce melanin, the substance that provides color to skin, hair and eyes, which causes several eye and vision problems
  • Congenital stationary night blindness: Condition affecting the retina that causes difficulty seeing in low light
  • Aniridia: Condition in which the iris (colored part of the eye) is partially or completely missing

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