Children are not just immature versions of adults. Their eyes, the visual demands placed on them, and the visual disorders they suffer from are entirely different from those of adults. Due to their fast growth and lack of fully developed eye-brain synchronization, visual impairments in children need particular care and emphasis. This is why Pediatric Ophthalmology has become a specialization of Ophthalmology and a specialist field in its own right. It is the Pediatric Ophthalmologist's responsibility to meet children's visual attention needs and to preserve proper visual development in terms of function and structure (including cosmesis).
Just as your child's overall health requires a certain doctor, so do their eyes need professional care because eye care issues for children are fundamentally different from those for adults. The following are the reasons why: