Our children are precious to us and when we feel there is a health issue, we want the most reliable, educated medical professionals available. Our Pleasant Valley eye doctor, Kelli McCartney, with the West Virginia Optometric Group, prides herself on restoring, enhancing, and preserving the vision of your entire family. Promoting an atmosphere free of stress and anxiety, our well-educated staff is especially trained to deal with the vision issues of your children, which are handled gently and compassionately.
Specializing in the treatment of amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes or eyes that turn out) exceptional care is given to provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for children undergoing examination. Special techniques using mirrors have been developed to examine these eye problems without having to place anything close to your child’s face. This thoughtful approach, and others similar, keep you and your children as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
With strabismus, there is a misalignment caused when one or more of the six muscles that control the eyes stop working properly. Our Pleasant Valley eye doctor explains that this condition prevents your child’s eyes from working together, first causing vision impairment, double vision or improper depth perception. Statistics show that strabismus occurs in two to five percent of all children. Without the ability to outgrow it, children can lose vision in one eye, which then yields to amblyopia if the base cause is not treated in early childhood.
In diagnosing children with strabismus and/or amblyopia, our Pleasant Valley eye doctor uses new techniques that have been developed that make diagnosing these disorders quite easy and with little to no discomfort. There have been some remarkable advances in the diagnosis of strabismus and amblyopia including the latest computer-based test of depth perception that can be used with children as young as four months old. Treatment for strabismus usually includes glasses, eye muscle exercises, or surgery. One standard treatment for amblyopia has been to place an adhesive patch on the good eye but more modern techniques involve eye drops and special glasses to temporarily blur the good eye, thus strengthening the weaker eye. Children are much more receptive to such methods and the best outcome results when treated as early as possible. Proper and early treatment better enables our Pleasant Valley eye doctor to realign the eyes and fine-tune them into much better, if not exact, alignment. With your child’s best interests, comfort and eyesight in mind, our optometrist uses cutting edge technology to help put your mind at ease.