Pediatric Eye Care

Dr. John Chong is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist, a medical doctor who subspecializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye problems of children. After ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, he completed a Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. 

The following are children’s eye disorders that are treated by a Pediatric Ophthalmologist (click the diagnosis for more detailed information from the American Academy for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus):

A pediatrician or family doctor usually checks a child's eyes during the first year of life. If an eye problem is detected, they may refer the child to a Pediatric Ophthalmologist for a more detailed assessment. School eye screenings may also detect a problem, which requires further evaluation.

Treatments for children’s eye problems typically have better results when started early in life. Therefore, if a child is suspected of having problems related to their eyes, a timely examination is extremely important.

The following are some signs and symptoms of pediatric eye problems:

  • Eyes that appear crossing inward toward the nose or crossing outward
  • Child tilts the head or looks sideways when looking at an object
  • Eyes or eyelids that are different in size, shape or color
  • Eyes that “shake” or drift around
  • Eyes that do not look in the same direction
  • Child does not look at parents by three months of age
  • Constantly tearing eyes even though the child is not crying
  • Red or pink eyes
  • Child squints to see
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Complaint of pain in or around the eyes
  • Swelling or lumps around the eyes
  • Discharge from the eyes

Please call Virginia Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at (571) 210-5535 if you have any concerns about the health of your child’s eyes or prescriptions for eyeglasses.