In the human embryo, the eyes are formed by a delicate and complex process. Problems in this process can lead to congenital (present at birth) eye malformations. These conditions are relatively rare, occurring in approximately five per 10,000 live births. Children with these problems need the kind of specialized experience found among the pediatric ophthalmologists at Children's National Hospital. Patients are regularly seen at Children's National for these conditions.
Children's National has a special Ophthalmic Genetics Clinic, headed by Brian P. Brooks, M.D., Ph.D., one of the few physicians nationwide who is board certified both as a pediatric ophthalmologist and a clinical geneticist. Dr. Brooks conducts an active scientific research program on inherited eye diseases at the National Eye Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health. All members of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Team help assess, refer and manage cases of congenital/developmental eye anomalies.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are congenital/developmental anomalies affecting the eye and orbit?
What are the symptoms of congenital/developmental eye anomalies in children?
How are congenital/developmental eye anomalies diagnosed in children?
What is included in treatment of congenital/developmental eye anomalies in children?
What is the long-term outlook for a child with congenital/developmental eye anomalies in children?
All members of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Team help assess, refer and manage cases of congenital/developmental eye anomalies. Members of the Pediatric Oculoplastics Team evaluate and surgically treat malformations such as lid deformities, lid coloboma (absence of the lids), ptosis (drooping of the lids) and small orbits due to extremely small or "absent" eyeballs.
Departments that Treat Congenital/Developmental Anomalies Affecting the Eye and Orbit
Our specialized pediatric ophthalmologists are experts at recognizing and treating complex eye conditions in infants and children.