Paediatric Ophthalmology

Can your child see things well? Seeing is very important for kids. It helps them do things like using their hands and fingers, reading the school board, and understanding the world around them. Suppose your child hasn't seen an eye doctor in a while, or it's been a couple of years since their last eye check-up with our eye specialist. In that case, consider making an appointment with paediatric ophthalmology in Kolkata, Dr. Lav Kochgaway.
Common Childhood Eye Problems:

Sometimes, kids don't know that they can't see well because they don't have a way to compare their vision with what's normal. That's why your child needs to visit Dr. Lav, an eye doctor for kids in Kolkata. This visit is to check if your child's eyes are growing as they should and if they can see things. By finding and fixing any eye problems early, you're giving your child the best chance to have good vision and healthy eyes.

  1. Spectacles:
    Some children may need corrective eyeglasses to address vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
    • - Nearsightedness (Myopia): Children with myopia have difficulty seeing distant objects. It is typically caused by the elongation of the eyeball or a steeper cornea, which causes light to focus in front of the retina.
    • - Farsightedness (Hyperopia): Hyperopic children struggle with seeing nearby objects. This occurs when the eyeball is too short, or the cornea is too flat, causing light to focus behind the retina.
    • - Astigmatism: Astigmatism results from an irregularly shaped cornea or lens, leading to blurred vision at all distances.
  2. Color Blindness:
    Color vision deficiencies, also known as color blindness, can affect a child's ability to perceive and distinguish colors accurately. This condition is usually hereditary and can result in difficulty distinguishing specific colors or shades.
  3. Squint (Strabismus):
    Squint is a condition where the eyes do not align properly, leading to visual misalignment and potential vision problems. One eye may turn inward (esotropia), outward (exotropia), upward (hypertropia), or downward (hypotropia). Squint can cause double vision and may lead to amblyopia.
  4. Injury:
    Eye injuries in children can occur due to accidents or various activities, such as sports or play. Injuries can range from minor scratches to more severe trauma, which can lead to vision impairment. Prompt evaluation and treatment are essential to prevent long-term damage.
  5. Amblyopia (Lazy Eye):
    Amblyopia is a condition in which one eye has reduced vision. It often occurs during childhood when one eye is significantly weaker or experiences blurrier vision than the other. Early intervention, such as patching the stronger eye, is necessary to promote normal visual development in the weaker eye.
  6. Cataract in Children:
    While cataracts are commonly associated with older adults, they can also occur in children. Cataracts involve clouding of the eye's natural lens, which can obstruct vision. Pediatric cataracts require surgical removal and, in some cases, implantation of an artificial lens to restore clear vision.
  7. Premature Children:
    Premature infants may have a higher risk of eye issues. Conditions like retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) can develop in preterm babies, potentially leading to vision problems or blindness. Specialized eye care is necessary to monitor and treat such issues.
  8. Watering in Infants:
    Excessive tearing or watering in a baby's eyes may indicate an underlying eye problem. It could be due to blocked tear ducts, conjunctivitis, or other issues. It's essential to assess the cause and provide appropriate treatment to ensure the infant's eye health.
  9. Eye Allergy in Children:
    Allergic reactions in the eyes can cause discomfort, itching, redness, and tearing. Common allergens include pollen, dust mites, or pet dander. Identifying and managing eye allergies, often through antihistamine eye drops or other treatments, is essential to alleviate symptoms and protect vision.
  10. Compulsory Eye Checkup at 3 Years of Age:
    It is recommended to have a comprehensive eye checkup for children at the age of three to detect any potential vision or eye health issues early. Early detection of problems like refractive errors, lazy eye, or other conditions allows for timely intervention and better outcomes.
Regular eye examinations for children are crucial to identify and address these issues early on, ensuring the best possible vision and eye health throughout their development.

Dr.Lav Kochgaway's Honors and Awards

Dr. Lav Kochgaway has received recognition and awards from various groups, including the Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Conference, indicating his expertise in the field of ophthalmology.

Contact Information

To schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child with Dr.Lav Kochgaway to assess their vision and eye health. Schedule an appointment, today or call at +91 (844)-480-0008.