Pediatric Ophthalmology and Squint
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Squint – Overview
Our children are our future and proper care of their ocular health is paramount. Children can be afflicted by many eye diseases. They may be born with or develop serious eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal and orbital tumors; or may need glasses and interventions to see more clearly or for misaligned eyes (strabismus) or poor visual development in one eye (amblyopia).Even before a child can speak, pediatric ophthalmologists can tell what a child sees, if he or she needs eyeglasses or contact lenses, and if any problems exist with the eyes. Children are not miniature adults, and their eye problems require special skill-set, diagnostic and treatment methods different from that of adults. Fortunately, most eye problems can be treated without surgery, but few may require surgical corrections.
Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Department at Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for examining and treating children with common paediatric eye diseases like Refractive Errors, Allergic Eye Disorders, Squint, Amblyopia, Childhood Cataract, Congenital Glaucoma and Nystagmus. It also conducts Screening and Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in association with the Vitreo-Retina Department. Our Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic ably guides children with visual impairment by providing either optical or non-optical Low Vision Aids (LVA) to enhance their residual vision. Children suspected/ found with disorders related to Cornea, Retina, Uvea & Orbit are referred to respective specialty clinics.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Facilities available
- 1. Visual Acuity Testing in all age groups
- Cardiff and Teller’s Visual Acuity cards
- Lea’s Symbols
- Log Mar and Snellen‘s Charts
- 2. Cycloplegic Retinoscopy
- 3. Contrast Sensitivity Testing
- Pelli Robson’s Chart
- 4. Colour Vision Testing
- Ishihara Chart
- Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue test
- 5. Stereopsis Testing
- For Near- Titmus Fly Test and TNO test
- For Distance- Randot Test)
- 6. Strabismus (Squint) Evaluation and Measurement
- 7. Nystagmus Evaluation
- 8. Accomodation and Convergence measurement
- Royal Air Force(RAF)Ruler
- 9. VEP and ERG in cooperative children
- 10. Amblyopia management
- Synaptophore(Bifoveal Stimulation exercises)
- 11. Orthoptic Exercises
- 12. Evaluation of neurological system and other cranial nerves in paretic strabismus
- 13. Hess Charting and Diplopia Charting
- 14. Synaptophore assessment where required
- 15 .ROP screening
- 16 .Prism
- 17. Low Vision Rehabilitation
Surgical Facilities available
- Surgical correction of Cataract as early as 3 months of age under General Anaesthesia (GA)
- Surgical correction of all types of Strabismus under Anaesthesia appropriate for age (General/ Local)
- Paediatric Glaucoma Management
- Examination under Anaesthesia: For children who need detailed evaluation (where cooperation is a concern) and for whom various specialty opinions are required at the same time.
- Surgery for Nystagmus
Pediatric ophthalmologists at Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre also engage in various educational and research activities in addition to the clinical and surgical care of their child patients.
When to consult a doctor?
The most common problem with a child is that the child usually does not complain of any difficulties. The parents need to consult a doctor, when they notice any of the following problems.
- Prematurely born baby – to rule out or treat retinopathy of prematurity.
- Baby does not fix or follow parent’s face when interacting with parents
- Child faces problems in school in reading/copying blackboard correctly at school
- The two eyes are not aligned/straight, which may be constant or intermittent
- A whitish reflex is visible in the centre of the eye (pupil) when light falls on the eye (can be a sign of life-threatening eye cancer in a child)
Dr. Anuradha Chandra
MBBS, MS, FAICO
Specialization :Cataract, Glaucoma, Paediatric and Squint
Dr. A. Chandra completed MBBS & MS (Opthalmology) from Medical College Kolkata in 2009. She has completed her Senior Residency in Pediatric Opthalmology, Strabismus & Pediatric Glaucoma from Dr. R. P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi in 2012. She has numerous papers dealing with glaucoma, strabismus and neurophthalmology in national & international journals.
Dr. Sailesh Ranjan Das
Specialization :Squint and Paediatric
Dr. Sailesh Ranjan Das joined health service in the year 1983 and rendered service in the rural areas. Later he joined in the Squint & pediatric unit, R.I.O Kolkata and rendered his service for 16 years.
He went for IOL training in Arvind Eye Hospital also. After his retirement he joined Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre as a Senior Consultant in the department of Squint & pediatric ophthalmology unit. He is also a resource teacher in AIOS PG refresher course.
Dr. Asmita Ray
MBBS, MS, FSEFRC (Cataract), FPOS
Specialization :Cataract, Squint and Paediatric Eye Disease
Dr Asmita Ray completed her MBBS from Silchar Medical College & Hospital, Assam in 2008. She was a Gold Medalist in her MBBS batch. She completed her MS in Ophthalmology from Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (RIO), Guwahati in 2014, securing highest marks in her batch. Dr Ray then underwent one year long term fellowship in Cataract & Anterior Segment from Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre, Kolkata. This was followed by a second fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus from Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi. She has presented papers & instruction course in various state & national level conferences. Some of the prestigious awards under her belt include Dr B.K.Sahay Memorial Award for Best Paper in Young Researchers Award session, EIZOC 2013; Dr K. P. Roy Memorial Award for Best Paper in OSWB conference 2015. Besides these Dr Ray has also authored & co-authored various papers in state and national level journals. Her area of expertise include Cataract, Pediatric eye diseases & Squint ( both pediatric and adult).
Dr. Arnab Pal
MBBS, DO, DNB, FPOS
Specialization :Cataract,Paediatric & Squint
Dr. Arnab Pal completed his MBBS from Medical College Kolkata in 2011 and Diploma in Ophthalmology (DO) from Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (RIO),Kolkata in 2015.After completing his DNB in Ophthalmology,he proceeded to complete a long term Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (FPOS).He has successfully cleared the prestigious ICO exams and has published and presented a number of scientific papers in national and international platforms.His expertise lies in Phacoemulsification cataract surgery with premium IOLs in both adults and children,squint surgeries and all types of paediatric eye diseases.
Dr. Anwesha Manna
MBBS, MS, FPOS, FICO
Specialization : Pediatric Cataract and Squint
Dr. Anwesha Manna ( MBBS, MS, FPOS , FICO) has completed MS ophthalomology from Assam Medical college, Dibrugarh in the year 2016. After that She has done long term cataract fellowship from Sankara Eye hospital, Tamilnadu. Then She has done long term Pediatric cataract & Strabismus/Squint fellowship from Aravind Eye hospital, Madurai. She has passed FICO examination. She has presented papers in state & national level. She has published papers in international journals also. Her interest is in the field of adult cataract, pediatric eye diseases, pediatric cataract & squint .
Dr. Vrushali Deshpande
Specialization : Pediatric Ophthalmology and squint, cataract
Dr. Vrushali Deshpande has completed her MBBS from Maharashtra and done DNB Ophthalmology from Susrut eye foundation, Kolkata. She has also done long term fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and squint. She has cleared clinical examination of International council of Ophthalmology(UK). Currently she is working in our pediatric department at Berhampore branch as a consultant. She has done many pediatric cataract and squint surgeries till now.