What is pediatric ophthalmology?

Pediatric Ophthalmology is a subspecialty of ophthalmology dealing with problems common to, or seen exclusively in, the pediatric age group.

Why is the pediatric eye different from that of adults?

The brain cells that control our vision are not fully developed when we are born. These cells develop throughout the first decade of life. Because of the immaturity of the child's visual system, disorders that may have little influence on an adult's ability to see can have a profound and life-long affect on a child's vision. Poor vision due to inadequate stimulation of these brain cells (amblyopia) is a common cause of vision loss in this age group.

What is a pediatric ophthalmologist?

A pediatric ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who, after finishing medical school, initially trained in general disease and surgery of the eye. The physician then pursued further training (fellowship) in the diagnosis, treatment, and surgery of those eye disorders that are unique to children. Dr. Mudgil is fellowship trained in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus from the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.