Eye examination in infants, children, and young adults by pediatricians: Organizational principles to guide and define the child health care system and/or improve the health of all children

Journal Article

Early detection and prompt treatment of ocular disorders in children is important to avoid lifelong visual impairment. Examination of the eyes should be performed beginning in the newborn period and at all well-child visits. Newborns should be examined for ocular structural abnormalities, such as cataract, corneal opacity, and ptosis, which are known to result in visual problems. Vision assessment beginning at birth has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. All children who are found to have an ocular abnormality or who fail vision assessment should be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist or an eye care specialist appropriately trained to treat pediatric patients. © 2003 by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Cited Authors

  • Swanson, J; Yasuda, K; France, FL; Grimm, KT; Harbaugh, N; Herr, T; Itkin, P; Jakubec, PJ; Lieberthal, A; Sebring, RH; Speller, J; Denslow, GT; Lichtenstein, SJ; Bernstein, J; Buckley, EG; Jr, GSE; Lueder, GT; Ruben, JB; Arnoldi, K; Calhoun, J; Kivlin, JD; Redmond, MR

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Published Date

  • 2003

Published In

  • Ophthalmology

Volume / Issue

  • 110 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 860 - 865

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0161-6420(03)00414-7