Children require a special, patient and individual approach. Specialist equipment is also needed to examine little patients.
At our Paediatric Ophthalmology Clinic, we take special care to ensure the comfort of our little patients and their parents. It is worth stressing that the fastest and most important period in the development of sight and the eyeball is until the child’s first birthday, and this is when the first ophthalmological tests should be carried out.
Our aim is to ensure professional eye care in a safe and comfortable atmosphere.
We also carry out screening tests for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in accordance with the guidelines of the Polish Ophthalmology Society (PTO).
It is estimated that as many as 15% of children born premature can develop retinopathy, a retinal disease affecting those whose retinal vessels have not yet physiologically developed. This process, which takes place in the mother’s womb, may involve improper development of the vessels and thus with damage to the retina.
Children should have their eyes tested at least once a year, or immediately in the event that any of the following symptoms are noticed:
- uneven reflex from the eyeground
- white pupil
- blinking and frequent rubbing of the eyes
- non-physiological moving of books and toys closer to the eyes
- approaching the television
- headaches and eye pains
- excessive lacrimation, suppurative discharges, red-eye
- disinterest in longer playing with building blocks, jigsaws, learning to read and write, etc
- leaning the head while looking at something
Remember, too, that children whose parents have or used to have sight defects are vulnerable to them themselves.