I’m a pediatric ophthalmologist.
I’ve treated hundreds of kids and their parents, and it’s hard to get your head around the fact that your kid might have some sort of vision impairment.
This is especially important if your child has a low-vision disability.
“If you’re not getting the right kind of treatment,” says Dr. Peter Strangelove, a pediatric eye physician in San Francisco, “it’s going to be a lot harder to figure out what’s going on in their eyes.”
“What’s the reason that they have these vision impairments?” he asks.
“I mean, I’ve seen kids who have really bad vision impairing diseases, and there’s always some reason why that might happen, but you don’t know for sure until it happens.”
This type of medical diagnosis is usually fairly simple, says Strangelou.
The first step is to talk to your child’s doctor.
He or she might have something to share about the disorder.
But if your kid is diagnosed with a chronic eye disease, the next step is for your child to be seen by an eye doctor.
If you don: You can try to work things out with the doctor.
The sooner your child gets his or her eye checked, the better chance you have of getting a diagnosis.
If the doctor isn’t able to diagnose the condition, the treatment options can be more complicated.
You can talk to the doctor’s office or hospital about getting a referral to a specialist eye doctor who specializes in the disorder for a test.
“You want to be able to tell your child, ‘We can do this,'” says Strang, who says the referral can help you find the right specialist.
“And if you don, I think the risk of your child going into surgery for this type of condition is pretty high.”
If you have more questions, here are some tips: If your child shows any of these signs, your doctor may need to do some more tests.
This can include a CT scan, an MRI scan, or a CAT scan.
Some of these tests might show things that don’t necessarily indicate a problem, like abnormal amounts of protein or fluid in the eye.
“These tests are the most important thing to get done,” says Strango.
If there are no other problems with your child that you can see, your pediatric ombudsman can work with your doctor to see if there’s anything else that might be wrong.
Strangelow suggests you ask your doctor if your kids vision problems are likely to recur.
He says it can take up to six months to get an accurate diagnosis.
In some cases, the child’s vision will worsen.
“But if the child shows no signs of improvement and the eye doesn’t look as good as it used to, then the chance of that continuing is really low,” says Crandall.
If your kid has any vision problems, he or she can get an eye exam.
“In a lot of cases, you’re going to want to see a specialist, because it’s so rare that the condition really changes,” says John Cavanagh, a neurosurgeon at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
“There are a lot more things that can go wrong than if you just do your child a good eye exam.”
If your pediatric eye ombudsman doesn’t have the answers you need, there are other options.
If it’s too risky to get a doctor’s appointment, your ombudsman might consider getting a “pre-op” eye exam before an eye appointment.
“For kids who need to see multiple specialists,” says Cavanag, “you’re going with a doctor who has been through a lot and has the expertise that you want.”
He says if you think your child might need a specialist or you’re worried about how your child is feeling, you might consider taking their eye test, which might also reveal a diagnosis of other vision problems.
If this doesn’t work, you may have a lot to consider about getting an eye check.
“It’s not just looking at the eye,” says Michael J. Schulkin, a pediatrics ophthalmology and ophthalmic specialist in Philadelphia.
“What you want to do is get your eye checked by a doctor and make sure that there are any problems that might affect your child.
“When you see a positive result,” says Schulkins, “that means that you’re treating the right things. “
But what happens if the result is not so positive?” “
When you see a positive result,” says Schulkins, “that means that you’re treating the right things.
But what happens if the result is not so positive?”
In these cases, your eye doctor may recommend seeing a specialist.
But in rare cases, he may suggest an eye test.
The test might reveal that the eye is developing correctly.
“The most important test that you need to have is a vision test