First Exam at the Pediatric Ophthalmologist

First Visit To A Pediatric Ophthalmologist

What you need to know about their first visit to a Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Before the examination, you will be asked to complete a 2 page questionnaire where you will share what concerns you have about your child's eyes as well as detailing all of your child's medical problems, past surgical procedures, medications, and allergies. Dr. Burke will thoroughly review this information with you specifically addressing facts that may impact the child's eye problem.

Parents are requested to stay with their child throughout the entire examination. Infants and small children are examined while sitting on the parent's lap while older children are encouraged to sit in the exam chair by themselves.

The examination consists of a vision evaluation (visual fixation ability, age-appropriate and easily recognizable pictures, or alphabet letters), check eye movements and eye muscle alignment, perform an external and microscopic examination of the eye and eyelids, determination of the focusing powers of the eye (refraction), and the evaluation of the inside the eye (retina and optic nerve). When necessary, eyedrops are used to help verify the refraction as well as dilating the pupil allowing an easier view of the structures inside the eye. There is no discomfort from the many instruments and lights that are used during an eye doctor's evaluation. The only part of the eye examination that may be uncomfortable is the brief stinging the eyedrops cause.

When the examination has been completed, Dr. Burke will discuss his findings and recommendations. All your questions will be thoroughly answered.

Click the following links for additional information.
http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/child-eye-exam
http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics%3B111/4/902

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  • Dr Burke, We wanted to thank you for the special care you have given our children Winston and Norah. Our kids loved coming to see you and we appreciate the special attention you give to each one. We feel very confident and comfortable in your care. Thanks Again!
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  • Dr Burke , Let me first say how fortunate Willy (my son) and I have been to have had you for a surgeon and doctor. You have a gift in making people feel so comfortable (not all people/ or doctors have that you know)! I remember the time Willy brought in a fake rubber rat (around Halloween) to "scare," you, and you walked in and threw your file of papers up in the air-it was great fun! Thanks for Everything!
  • Dr Burke, I wanted to give you an update on Elizabeth who was under your care from age 4 until a few years ago. When we left your office after she first saw you, she looked up and said, "I want to be a doctor just like Dr. Burke." Elizabeth is now in her third year of medical school and is still interested in pediatric ophthalmology. She started an ophthalmology club for the medical students and she volunteers at different events doing vision checks. You're such an inspiration to her she has said she plans on being a doctor, "Just like Dr. Burke."
  • Dr Burke is my hero! Dr. Burke is the most compassionate doctor I have ever met. I was born cross-eyed and had an eye surgery on both eyes as an infant and another surgery on one as a child. Because of my eye muscle problems, I have always been seen by a doctor with Dr. Burke’s specialties but none of my previous doctors were as caring and kind as Dr. Burke.
  • Dr Burke examined my son’s eyes and spoke with him. You told me,"Andrew’s eyes are fine. Andrew is dyslexic." My response was: “What do we do?” You suggested the book ‘Overcoming Dyslexia,’ by Sally Shaywitz. My husband and I read the book and began practicing the principles advised. I will not lie, it was a struggle and an enormous amount of work. Within a year, Andrew’s Reading and self-esteem improved tremendously. Thank You.