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Pediatric Cataracts

Key Points About Cataracts in Children

  • A cataract is a clouding over the lens of the eye. This can affect your child’s vision. Cataracts in children can cause blindness if they aren't treated.
  • Your child may be born with a cataract (congenital). Or it may develop later in life (acquired).
  • Symptoms include cloudy or blurry vision, eyes that are not aligned, and eye movements that can't be controlled.
  • Many children with cataracts need surgery to remove them.
  • Protecting your child’s eyes from the sun may help prevent cataracts and other eye problems later in life.


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Our specialized pediatric ophthalmologists are experts at recognizing and treating complex eye conditions in infants and children.