PGCFA Knowledgebase

Pediatric Cataract Surgery

Article ID: 5
Last updated: 14 Aug, 2017
Article ID: 5
Last updated: 14 Aug, 2017
Revision: 1
Views: 119
Question

Hi there, thank you for your site it is very informative.  My 6-year old daughter was just diagnosed with a cataract in her left eye after a routine eye exam.  We do not know if it is relatively recent or congenital since this was her first formal eye exam and we had no idea that she had any vision problems. It seems the cataract is a significant size, central, and diminishing her vision.  We are Americans living in Johannesburg, South Africa, and trying to decide whether to have the surgery here or back in the US.  Generally speaking we have confidence in our opthamologist but he doesn't have extensive experience performing cataract surgery on pediatric patients.  In South Africa, opthamologists don't sub-specialize in pediatrics as in the US so they treat both children and adults rather than narrowing focus on one population.  Do you think that pediatric cataract surgery is sufficiently different than that in adults that it would be important to have a surgeon who operates frequently on children? It is a hassle for us to come to the US but obviously if this is necessary for the best outcome we would gladly bear the cost.  Thanks for your advice!

Answer

Pediatric cataract surgery is VERY different and should be done by someone well versed.

Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC
Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Robison D. Harley, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Wills Eye Hospital, Ste. 1210
840 Walnut Street                    
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5109

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association

--

Medical information and advice provided by the PGCFA or physicians acting at their request, does not represent a prescription and should not replace the information and advice given by your own physicians and other medical professionals. This is a Canadian Web site. Comments by Canadian physicians are intended only for residents in Canada in accordance with the principles mentioned above.

This article was:  
Article ID: 5
Last updated: 14 Aug, 2017
Revision: 1
Views: 119