Choosing a Pediatric Ophthalmologist
Generally speaking, patients and their families know when they are being treated well, and when things are going well. So do their doctors. Recommendations from those who know you and your child—including your pediatrician, family physician, comprehensive ophthalmologist, optometrist, and friends—can be helpful. Choose your pediatric ophthalmologist and strabismologist the way you choose your friends; they should treat you and your family like family.
Pediatric ophthalmology is a subspecialty of medicine whose physicians are trained to perform all aspects of medical care for children’s eyes and visual systems. Their training includes medical school, internship, residency in ophthalmology, and subspecialty fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.
Board Certification in Ophthalmology
General markers of capacity and achievement in pediatric ophthalmology include the above training, board certification in ophthalmology, and membership in organizations demonstrating commitment to the specialty as a condition of participation. Other indicators of quality of practice include commitments to clinical expertise, demonstrated by participation in organizational medicine, public service, clinical research and publication.
A commitment to quality starts with competence, is demonstrated in caring action, stays abreast of innovation, and thrives on trusting relationships. The medical outcome for medical conditions such as amblyopia and strabismus is time sensitive. Accordingly, your child’s visual future may depend on early diagnosis of disease. Your pediatric ophthalmologist / strabismologist aspires to be your partner to assure timely access to care, effective communication, and education for all members of the care team.