Eye Exams for Children across Lancaster & Hershey, PA
Pediatric Eye Care
At Conestoga Eye, our board certified pediatric ophthalmologist and our residency-trained pediatric optometrist specialize in providing comprehensive medical eye care for children of all ages. With the help of advanced technology, we can provide treatment for a variety of pediatric eye conditions such as strabismus, amblyopia, convergence insufficiency, and more.
We understand that a visit to the doctor can be a scary experience for kids. That's why we strive to make our office as comfortable and welcoming as possible. Our staff creates a warm, friendly environment to put children and parents at ease.
If your child is ready for their first eye exam, or if you think that your child may have a vision-related problem, give us a call today.
Conestoga Eye provides the full range of care for your child’s eyes, including but not limited to the conditions listed below. As always, please call our office to talk about your specific concerns and schedule an appointment.
Since the doctors at Conestoga Eye are Pediatric Specialists, new patient children under the age of 13 are seen as medical eye exams billed to their health insurance.
Strabismus, or crossed eyes, is a misalignment of the eyes. It is typically diagnosed in babies and young children but can occur in older children too. Our team will develop an individualized treatment plan to help improve your child’s vision and reduce eye strain.
Patients who see Dr. Silbert or one of our optometrists for strabismus should know that our office treats crossed eyes non-surgically first and recommend surgery based on each individual patient's case.
The leading cause of vision loss amongst children, amblyopia (lazy eye) is the term for decreased vision due to abnormal development of vision in infancy or childhood. Amblyopia can occur in one or both eyes and may not be something obvious that can be seen by others.
Amblyopia occurs because nerve pathways between the brain and the eye are not properly stimulated. The brain learns to see only blurry images with the amblyopic eye. As a result, the brain may favor the stronger eye. Thus, another word for amblyopia is often lazy eye.
At Conestoga Eye, our goal with every amblyope is for their vision in their weaker eye to become stronger, improving their vision overall.
Early treatment of amblyopia is always best.
If necessary, children with refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism) can wear glasses or contact lenses when they are as young as one week old. For others, they will need to patch or use drops in their stronger eye to help improve their vision in the weaker eye.
How Conestoga Eye Treats Amblyopia:
Our team of doctors takes a strong approach to treating amblyopia. A child diagnosed with amblyopia and under active treatment with patching, drops, or other treatments will be asked to follow up with our office monthly to ensure treatment effectiveness.
Contact Lenses and Treatments for Myopia
Myopia (blurred distance vision) and risk factors for myopia are a mix of genetic and environmental factors. Increased myopia as a child may contribute to more severe eye health complications in later years.
Eye care professionals now have the opportunity to not only correct your vision, but to slow myopia progression. Active Myopia Management is offered at Conestoga Eye. These treatments are separate programs not covered by insurance.
Tearing and Clogged Tear Ducts
Tearing can be a symptom of several conditions, including allergies or infection. We can diagnose the underlying cause and provide treatments to help alleviate tearing.
If your child has persistent clogged tear ducts, our team is experienced in performing balloon dilation and other surgical procedures to clear blocked tear ducts.
Chalazion and Bumps on the Eyelid
Children can develop bumps on their eyelids from a variety of causes. Our team is experienced in diagnosing and treating chalazia (swollen bumps on the eyelid), styes, and other eyelid conditions. These bumps can be painful and uncomfortable for your child, but our team can help improve your child’s comfort and restore their vision.