If you are looking for a highly qualified, compassionate pediatric ophthalmologist in the Lancaster, PA area to care for your child’s eyes, the team at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania offers the greatest expertise and the widest range of treatment options in the region.
Children are not just small adults. When they have vision or eye problems, they may not be able to explain what is bothering them. Pediatric ophthalmologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat children, and use equipment that is designed just for kids. Our pediatric team provides care in a comfortable and kid-friendly environment that will put your child at ease.
David S. Goldberg, MD is a board-certified Pediatric Ophthalmologist who specializes in pediatric surgery and oculoplastic surgery in children and adults. After graduating with high honors from Princeton University and University of South Florida Medical School, Dr. Goldberg was fellowship-trained in pediatric ophthalmology by the renowned Zane Pollard, MD of Eye Care Associates in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mitchell M. Scheiman, OD is a board-certified Pediatric Optometrist who also specializes in Vision Therapy. After graduating from the New England College of Optometry, he completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy at the State University of New York. Dr. Scheiman is Chief of the Pediatric and Binocular Vision Services at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia and an Associate Professor of Optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
The board-certified pediatric specialists at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania provide comprehensive pediatric eye care ranging from eye exams to eyeglasses to treatment of the most complex childhood eye diseases and disorders, such as:
- Amblyopia (“Lazy Eye”) – Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, means that the child has one weak eye and one strong eye. This develops during early childhood and the main causes include strabismus (eye misalignment), refractive errors (unequal focus that requires glasses), or cloudiness of the lens of the eye (cataract). Amblyopia can be corrected, but it needs to be caught early (infancy or preschool age) with a vision screening to prevent permanent vision loss. Treatment may include eye patching, eye drops, glasses, or surgery.
- Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction– This is a common condition in infants and occurs in about 1 in 20 births. It may be caused by an eye infection or by narrow or blocked tear ducts that stop tears from draining into the back of the nose and throat. A blocked tear duct can cause excessive tearing and mucus buildup on the eyelids and eye lashes. Many cases clear up within 6-12 months after birth. If the problem is persistent, there are a variety of treatments available to open the obstruction and resolve the symptoms.
- Pediatric Glaucoma – Pediatric glaucoma, sometimes called congenital glaucoma, may be present when a baby is born but can also occur during childhood. It is usually caused by improper development of the cells and tissue in the eye’s drainage system before birth. This leads to a backup of fluid inside the eye which increases intraocular pressure and damages the optic nerve. Glaucoma treatments focus on reducing the pressure in the eye using medications or surgery. If not treated, pediatric glaucoma can result in permanent vision loss.
- Strabismus (“Wandering Eye” or “Crossed Eyes”) – Strabismus means that the eyes are misaligned and point in different directions. To avoid double vision, the brain will learn to ignore the images from the misaligned eye and the vision in that eye will develop poorly. The child may have poor depth perception, binocular vision, or develop amblyopia (lazy eye). Children do not outgrow this condition and may require strabismus surgery to readjust the alignment of the eyes. If detected early and treated, the chances are better for development of normal vision.
If you need a specialized pediatric ophthalmologist in the Lancaster, PA area to provide your child with the highest level of eye care and service, get in touch today with Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania. We are the leading ophthalmology practice in the region, with four convenient locations in Wyomissing, Pottsville, Pottstown and Blandon.