Cataracts, an eye condition that is normally associated with an aging eye, can actually be present at birth. What this means is that the child’s eye lens is cloudy instead of clear. One or both pupils may appear cloudy or grey-colored. This haze can interfere with vision and even lead to lazy eye or strabismus as the child moves through the eye development process.
If the cataract is small or located on the peripheral of the lens and is not affecting central vision, your child may be able to live and function normally with the cataract. However, if the cataract is significant, it may be wise to consider pediatric cataract surgery. The pediatric cataract doctor would remove the lens and replace it with a clear Intraocular Lens (IOL). Less invasive treatment options may be more suitable to ensure normal eye growth and development.
Causes of Congenital Cataracts
- Family history of cataracts
- Infections during pregnancy
- Tetracycline antibiotic given during pregnancy
- Disease, such as diabetes
- Metabolic problems
If you notice that your child has a cloudy haze to one or both eyes, contact our doctors for a referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist. The specialist can perform an exam to identify the root problem, fully explain the different treatment options and make recommendations for your child’s vision.
Contact us today to schedule your child’s pediatric eye exam in Reston, VA.