Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Diagnose eye diseases and disorders in babies and children.

Quick Stats


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Very Good

Salary Range
~ $172,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pediatric Ophthalmologists do?

A Pediatric Ophthalmologist is a sort of ocular Navigator: When children’s eyes wander — sometimes literally — it’s the Pediatric Ophthalmologist’s job to correct their course so they function and develop correctly.

After all, kids’ eyes, along with their muscles, bones, and brains, keep on growing well into adolescence. In fact, children’s eyes typically grow until they’re 15 or 16 years old, while their vision continues developing until age nine. If they’re caught early, therefore, eye problems often can be corrected, allowing children to grow out of their poor vision.

That’s where the Pediatric Ophthalmologist comes in. As a Pediatric Ophthalmologist, you’re a Doctor who specializes in kids and eyes. You diagnose and treat vision problems in children, including amblyopia or “lazy eye,” nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, infections such as conjunctivitis, and other conditions like glaucoma, misaligned eyes, blocked tear ducts, and cataracts.

For amblyopia, you suggest glasses, patching, or dilating drops. For nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, on the other hand, you recommend glasses or contacts. For infections, meanwhile, you prescribe eye drops, ointments, or antibiotics. And for the rest, you advise surgery.

Like a Pediatrician, you understand that children are not just “mini” adults. Because their bodies are still developing, and because they can’t always articulate what’s wrong with them, you devote yourself to making your practice and your care kid-friendly so children can more clearly see their parents, pets, homework, and, of course, favorite Saturday morning cartoons.


Should I be a Pediatric Ophthalmologist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

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    Pediatric Ophthalmologist

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