Pediatric Ophthalmology

Why Katzen?

Like you, we want nothing but the best for your child’s vision and eye health. Katzen’s board-certified physicians and staff are dedicated to providing the best medical and surgical care for your son or daughter. Schedule their next eye exam today!

At what age should I bring my child in for an eye exam?

Typically, age 3-4 years would be ideal for a first routine examination. However, any time a parent or pediatrician suspects a problem, the child should be evaluated regardless of age.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pediatric ophthalmologist?

A pediatric ophthalmologist is an ophthalmologist who focuses on eye diseases, visual development, and eye care in children. In addition to college and four years of medical school, they have completed a one year internship, a three year residency in ophthalmology, and one to two additional years in advanced fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. Certification by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus is required to complete the fellowship training.

Pediatric ophthalmologists are concerned with the development of a child’s visual system, as well as the eye conditions that may interfere with proper visual development in children. Additionally, a pediatric ophthalmologist may manage ocular diseases that affect children, perform eye surgery on children, or utilize glasses and medications to manage eye problems in children. Typically, children with squinting, misalignment of the eyes, head turns or tilts are referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist for an evaluation.

Many of these conditions are genetic so often children are examined if there is a family history of childhood eye problems. Adults with eye movement disorders like strabismus are often referred to pediatric ophthalmologists, as they are familiar with this type of condition. Generally, pediatric ophthalmologists recruit an orthoptist to assist in the treatment of strabismus.

What conditions can be treated or managed by a pediatric ophthalmologist?

A pediatric ophthalmologist is trained to treat and/or manage the following eye conditions:

  • Infections (conjunctivitis)
  • Strabismus and misalignment of the eyes
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Monitoring of the visual development and treatment of complications due to pediatric cataract, glaucoma, and Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Visual inattention
  • Abnormal visual development
  • Ptosis
  • Genetic disorders
  • Congenital malformations
  • Myopia (near-sightedness)
  • Astigmatism
  • Dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and other visual problems affecting education

How long does the initial consultation take?

About 2 hours, including the diagnostic procedures.

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Our locations

1209 York Road,
Lutherville, MD, 21093
410-821-9490
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Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

301 St Paul Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-727-8380
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Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm

Ridge Road Professional Center
7106 Ridge Road
Rosedale, MD 21237
(410) 866-2022
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Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

3401 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive
Suite 202
Abingdon, MD 21009
410-569-0707
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Mon: 8am-4pm
Tue-Wed: 8am-6:30pm
Thu: 8am-5:30pm
Fri: 8am-4pm
Sat: 9am-1:30pm (2nd & 4th Saturdays)

111 Mt Carmel Rd #600
Parkton, MD 21120
410-329-6700
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Mon: 9am-6pm
Tues-Thurs: 9am-5pm
Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Sat: 8am-1pm (Open 2 Saturdays a month.)

310 Main Street
Reisterstown, MD 21136
410-833-5515
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21 Crossroads Drive
Owings Mills, MD 21117
443-738-4270
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Tues & Thur: 8am-5pm

901 Dulaney Valley Road
Suite 200
Towson, MD 21204
410-583-1000
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Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm