The Pediatric Ophthalmology Service at the LifeBridge Health Krieger Eye Institute, led by Dr. Michael Altman, specializes in eye health and services for children, from newborns to 16-year-olds.
What are the most common problems in Pediatric Ophthalmology?
Our group provides a wide range of ophthalmic services -- from treating diseases of the eye and neurological problems, to prescribing glasses for children.
Here is a brief sampling of the types of diseases that we treat:
- Mis-aligned eyes (Strabismus)
- Crossing eyes
- Drifting eyes
- Double vision
- Lazy eye
- Delayed visual development
- Abnormal head posture
- Nystagmus (jiggling eyes)
- Tearing in the infany
- Retinopathy of Prematurity
Common Conditions We Treat
Amblyopia, sometimes called 'lazy eye,' is poor vision in one or both eyes that occurs when normal sight does not develop in the critical early childhood years. It is a common, preventable condition occurring in 3 out of every 100 children. It can be caused when one eye is out of focus, when there is an as of yet undiscovered need for glasses, when eyes are misaligned, or for a variety of other reasons.
Children with this condition have eyes that are misaligned, 'crossed' or drifting. Strabismus affects depth perception and peripheral vision. Strabismus is a major cause of Amblyopia.
Cataracts are a clouding of the eye's normally clear lens. Depending on the severity of the problem, treatment may vary from glasses and contact lenses, to surgery.
Ptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelid. In some cases, the droopy lid can act as an occluder thereby preventing healthy development of vision. The ophthalmologist must carefully consider whether and when surgery is required.
The LifeBridge Health Krieger Eye Institute brings a special perspective to children's vision
Our physicians at the LifeBridge Health Krieger Eye Institute are not only doctors of ophthalmology, each of them also has additional training in special fields. Our specialists work together to cover all aspects of eye treatment. So you have the convenience of one community location with access to a renowned team of board-certified physicians. We use the most advanced technology available, and our staff has been carefully chosen for exceptional skills.
For appointments and more information:
Northwest Hospital: 410-701-4710
Quarry Lake: 410-601-2020
Sinai Hospital: 410-601-6069