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Pediatric Ophthalmology

Child Wearing Trial Frame

Although many think of eye disease as affecting older adults, a large number of conditions are common among children. Some of these conditions require surgery and some, if not treated early on, result in lifelong consequences including blindness. In a separate pediatric wing, Flaum Eye Institute Pediatric Ophthalmologists Matthew Gearinger, MD and Benjamin Hammond, MD treat conditions ranging from pink eye, blocked tear ducts and blurred vision to strabismus, pediatric glaucoma and congenital cataracts. In addition, they participate in cross-functional teams from across FEI’s sub-specialties to treat children with hereditary eye diseases as well as genetic anomalies and conditions associated with other childhood diseases.

Both are actively involved in research through the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigators Group and also conduct clinical trials aimed at introducing new therapies to treat childhood eye conditions.

Eye Muscle Problems in Children and Adults: A Guide to Understanding by Burton J. Kushner, MD is an excellent reference.

Conditions Treated

  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus (misaligned eyes)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Childhood cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Hereditary eye conditions
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis related eye disease
  • Nystagmus
  • Refractive error
  • Pediatric eye trauma
  • Cysts, styes and chalzions

Our Pediatric Specialists are:

Andrea Avila, MD

Matthew Gearinger, MD

Benjamin Hammond, MD

Alex Levin, MD

Our Genetic Counselors:

Jenina Capasso, MS