Pediatric Eye Surgery
Pediatric eye surgery is a delicate process that demands careful planning and extreme skill on the part of the ophthalmologist. Surgery may be performed for a multitude of issues, such as blocked tear ducts, cataracts, chalazia, cysts and crossed eyes.
• Blocked Tear Ducts
a) With an 85 to 95 percent success rate for children age 1 or younger, surgical probing may be repeated if needed.
b) The process takes about 10 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis.
a) Once the cataract has been removed, it is vital that another means of retinal image focusing be utilized.
b) An artificial lens may be implanted if feasible.
Children’s eyes are not just miniature versions of adult eyes and must be treated with extreme care.
a) Pediatric chalazion surgery only takes about 20 minutes to complete.
b) This minor surgery opens the glands in order to clean out any buildup of secreted fluids.
a) Surgery can relieve the pain caused by cysts while lessening the chance of infection.
b) Surgery should be used as a last resort when cysts will not go away by any other means.