Pediatric Department at the Orbit Eye Center

Consult the top Pediatric Ophthalmologist in Dubai - Dr. Walid Abdalla

Pediatric ophthalmology is a specialized branch of medicine focused on the eye health and vision care of children. It plays a crucial role in diagnosing and treating various eye conditions in pediatric patients. According to recent facts and figures, it is estimated that approximately 25% of school-aged children have some form of vision problem. Amblyopia, commonly known as "lazy eye," affects around 3% of children. Strabismus, the misalignment of the eyes, is prevalent in about 4% of children. Additionally, refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism affect a significant percentage of children worldwide. Early intervention and timely treatment are essential for optimal visual development in children. Regular eye examinations by pediatric ophthalmologists are vital to identify and address potential eye issues in children, ensuring their visual well-being and overall quality of life.

Dr. Walid Abdalla as Best Pediatric Eye Doctor in Dubai

Led by Dr. Walid Abdalla, the top pediatric ophthalmologist in Dubai, the Pediatric Department at the Orbit Eye Center in Dubai Healthcare City provides all pediatric eye services under one roof starting from an assessment of children’s vision, passing through glasses and contacts, and rehabilitation for children with special needs.

Pediatric ophthalmology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on the eye health of infants, children, and teenagers. A pediatric ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has completed additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions in children. Here are some of the services that a pediatric ophthalmology specialist can provide:

Comprehensive Eye Exams: Pediatric ophthalmologists are trained to perform comprehensive eye exams for children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers. During the exam, the doctor will check for any vision problems, eye muscle imbalances, or structural abnormalities.

Vision Screening: In addition to comprehensive eye exams, pediatric ophthalmologists can perform vision screenings for children who may be at risk for vision problems. These screenings can help detect vision problems early, which can improve the chances of successful treatment.

Treatment for Refractive Errors: Refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, are common in children. Pediatric ophthalmologists can prescribe glasses, contact lenses, or other vision correction methods to help children see clearly.

Treatment for Eye Disorders: Pediatric ophthalmologists can diagnose and treat a wide range of eye disorders, including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed or misaligned eyes), cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct eye problems in children. Pediatric ophthalmologists are trained to perform surgery on the eyes of infants, children, and teenagers, and can perform procedures such as strabismus surgery, cataract surgery, and glaucoma surgery.

Management of Eye Diseases: Pediatric ophthalmologists can provide ongoing management and treatment for chronic eye conditions, such as glaucoma or retinopathy of prematurity. They can also work closely with other medical specialists to manage eye problems associated with other health conditions, such as diabetes or juvenile arthritis.

Vision Therapy: Pediatric ophthalmologists can provide vision therapy, which is a type of physical therapy for the eyes. Vision therapy can be used to improve eye muscle strength and coordination, and can be helpful for children with lazy eye, strabismus, or other vision problems.

Pediatric ophthalmology specialists play a vital role in the eye health of children. We at Orbit Eye Center provide a range of services to diagnose, treat, and manage eye problems in infants, children, and teenagers, and can help ensure that children have the best possible vision and eye health throughout their lives.

Signs of Eye Problems in Children

As parents, it's essential to be aware of the signs of eye problems in children, as early detection and treatment can prevent vision loss and other complications. Here are some common signs that your child may have an eye problem:

  • Eye rubbing: If your child frequently rubs their eyes, it could be a sign of an eye infection, allergy, or another underlying issue.
  • Excessive tearing: If your child's eyes water excessively, it could indicate a blocked tear duct or other underlying issue.
  • Squinting: If your child squints or tilts their head to see better, it could be a sign of a refractive error or other vision problem.
  • Sensitivity to light: If your child is sensitive to light or complains of headaches after being in bright light, it could be a sign of an underlying eye problem.
  • Red or swollen eyes: If your child's eyes are red or swollen, it could indicate an infection, inflammation, or other underlying condition.
  • Cloudy or blurry vision: If your child complains of cloudy or blurry vision, it could be a sign of a refractive error, cataract, or other vision problem.
  • Eye crossing or wandering: If your child's eyes appear to cross or wander, it could be a sign of a strabismus or another underlying eye muscle problem.
  • Difficulty reading or writing: If your child has difficulty reading or writing, it could be a sign of an underlying vision problem.
  • Eye pain: If your child complains of eye pain, it could be a sign of an infection or other underlying eye condition.

If you notice any of these signs in your child, it's important to schedule an appointment with a pediatric ophthalmologist as soon as possible. The specialist can perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose the underlying issue and provide appropriate treatment. Remember, early detection and treatment of eye problems in children can help prevent long-term vision problems and ensure optimal eye health for your child.

Our comprehensive range of pediatric eye care services in Dubai Healthcare City, UAE include the following:

Contact Information

P.O. Box: 505060
Al Biruni Building 52, 3rd Floor, Unit 303
Dubai Healthcare City
Dubai, UAE

+971 4 874 3399

+971 55 407 2911

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