Pediatric eye diseases are often different from those occurring in adults. For this reason, the eye examinations performed for children require a specialized approach. At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Eye Institute, experienced pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric orthoptists (caregivers specialized in eye movement disorders), nurses, and technicians work together to provide the highest possible standard of Patients First care for children affected by eye disease.
Children of all ages, including newborns and infants, can be treated for eye concerns at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Eye Institute.
Pediatric eye diseases include structural disorders of the eye, such as:
Diagnosis of Pediatric Eye Disease
A comprehensive orthoptic and ophthalmologic examination allows caregivers to determine a specific diagnosis of eye disease. Patients are first assessed by the Eye Institute’s specialized pediatric orthoptists (caregivers specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of eye movement disorders). Children then have a medical examination and a pupillary dilation completed by a pediatric ophthalmologist. The initial comprehensive assessment takes approximately two hours.
Treatment of Pediatric Eye Disease
Treatment for children is individualized, based on the findings and specific diagnosis. Treatment options may include one or a combination of the following:
At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, we understand that it may be difficult for children to wait patiently for the examination and for treatment to be completed. Our specialized caregivers do their best to help make the time spent at the hospital as comfortable as possible for children, and to alleviate any concerns from either the child or the parents. A special children’s waiting area is dedicated to keeping families comfortable.
Managing pediatric patients with eye disease requires a multidisciplinary team. Caregivers involved in patient care for this service are:
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