3 Common Eye Conditions Park Ophthalmology Looks for in Children

Park 12-04-15 ID-100173404  arztsamuiParents want their children to succeed in school and in life. Good vision aids children as they play sports, learn to read, gain skills in artwork and music and many other aspects of childhood. Triangle area parents trust Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology to provide the best in eye health care for their young children. Diagnosing and treating childhood eye problems early in life provides the best possible outcome.

There are several signs that a school-aged child may be having trouble with vision. Symptoms include headaches, eye pain, trouble seeing the blackboard, difficulty paying attention, reading and writing, and blurry or double vision.

Park Ophthalmology offers three types of eye problems in children:

  • Amblyopia: Also called “lazy eye,” amblyopia is a condition in which one eye has markedly better vision than the other eye. If untreated, the weaker eye may eventually lose vision entirely. Only a vision care expert such as Beth R. Friedland can diagnose and provide treatment for a child with amblyopia.
  • Strabismus: Children with strabismus are unable to focus both eyes at the same object and may appear cross-eyed. Eyes may turn inward, outward, up, or down. This misalignment can cause amblyopia to develop in one of the eyes. Treatment options include patching one eye to force the other eye to work harder and surgery to correct the misalignment.
  • Refractive errors: Astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness affect children as well as adults. All three can be corrected with prescription eye glasses. Middle school and high school students may be able to switch to contact lenses. Staff at Park Ophthalmology will instruct them in the proper care of their contacts.

Children’s exams at Park Ophthalmology screen youngsters for common eye conditions using many of the eye tests familiar to adults. Dr. Beth R. Friedland adapts those familiar tests to suit the age of the patient. Any parent concerned about a child’s vision should contact Park Ophthalmology to schedule an appointment.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

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Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829



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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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