The ophthalmology program at Children's of Mississippi includes all eye and vision disorders affecting infants, children and teenagers. The continuum of care includes the latest medical and surgical techniques from the only child-specific hospital in Mississippi.
Since many eye problems occur at an early age, it's important that your child receives proper eye care (eye examinations and visual screening tests). Whether the problem requires glasses, patching, eye drops or surgery, the treatment plan will be carefully crafted based on the specific needs of the child.
Eye trauma – any injury to the eye – is an important cause of vision loss in children. The National Society to Prevent Blindness states that about one-third of preventable eye loss in children under age 10 is from trauma to the eye.
- Amblyopia (“lazy eye”)
- Strabismus (misaligned eyes of any type/crossed eyes)
- Refractive errors (blurry vision from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism)
- Blocked tear ducts
- Ptosis (droopy eyelids)
- Nystagmus (“dancing” eyes)
- Retinopathy of prematurity
- Pediatric cataracts
- Childhood glaucoma
- Capillary hemangiomas (“strawberry” birthmark of the eyelid)