Pediatric ophthalmology – ophthalmologists – legler – partners

Your child looks really good?

Unfortunately, poor eyesight is usually discovered too late in children. The offspring should therefore be examined by an ophthalmologist at the latest in the second year of life. Premature babies, children with family-known eye diseases, visual defects or squinting should be examined in the first year of life, children with abnormalities such as externally recognizable changes in the eye, headaches or impaired coordination and concentration at any time.

We can examine your child’s eyes from an early age. The sooner poor eyesight or movement disorders are detected, the more successful the treatment. A visual defect can often be treated effectively in infancy, e.g. B. by eye training.

We offer such eye training. A vision school is connected to our practice, which is run by three experienced orthoptists.

In this photo you see Dr. Legler with the orthoptists.

How can I tell if my child has poor eyesight?

Poor eyesight is difficult to detect in small children and is imperceptible from the outside. Therefore, use our preventive program, because an untreated visual impairment can lead to serious visual impairment!

And: watch your child!

There are features that indicate squint. This may include

  • pinching an eye,
  • a crooked head posture,
  • awkward movements,
  • photosensitivity,
  • lacrimation
  • as well as chronic L >In order for us to be able to properly perceive the space around us, both eyes must look in the same direction. An image is created in each eye, which is merged into a single spatial visual impression in the brain.

Due to the misalignment of the eyes – even if it is so small – the images in the brain can no longer be covered, double images are the result.

The brain defends itself against these double images by simply suppressing the squinting eye. This is then no longer active and after a while becomes visually weak.

What are the consequences of an untreated visual impairment??

Those who do not see properly with both eyes have no spatial (three-dimensional) perception. Without spatial perception, distances and distances are difficult to estimate.

Children and adolescents who only see well on one side are therefore

  • particularly at risk of accidents and
  • limited in their later choice of profession.

our recommendation

Be sure to have your child examined by an eye doctor early. Because: The earlier a poor eyesight or squint is treated, the greater the success! In our practice, the children are examined and treated by experienced orthoptists and specialized ophthalmologists.

How does the investigation work for us??

basic examination

First, we determine the visual acuity and check the two-eyed cooperation. In order to measure whether there is ametropia and to examine the fundus of the eye, an enlargement of the pupils with eye drops (usually cyclolate eye drops, sometimes atropine eye drops) is required in children. This temporarily leads to blurred vision and increased sensitivity to glare, which subsides after a few hours.

If you take the pupil-widening eye drops home with you, please drop them into the conjunctival sac of both eyes (ideally by pulling down the lower eyelid) according to the following plan:

Zyklolat eye drops:

30 min. 1 drop before the appointment, another 20 min. 1 drop each before the appointment.

Atropine eye drops:

1 drop in the evening before the appointment, 90 min. before the investigation 1 drop each.

More specific investigations

Depending on the findings and questions, they are also useful for some children. We will then explain this to you.

Some information about the course of the investigation

The eye examination in children is different than in adults. Young children in particular need more patience and time to make reliable findings. In order to meet these needs, we have reserved appointments for you during the children’s consultation. The children are examined here by our orthoptists and by the ophthalmologist. We try to keep the waiting time as short as possible, especially for very small children. Please understand that delays can sometimes occur due to the care of urgent cases that cannot be planned or complicated findings that only arise in the course of the investigation.

Last two requests to you as parents

For hygienic reasons, we ask you not to give any food or drinks other than baby bottles in practice. Please also help to ensure that toys and picture books are not deliberately damaged.

Further information

If you have any questions about our vision school, please contact us: We will be happy to advise you at any time!

Further information can be found in the attached article by our orthoptist Petra Kampmann A patch for a clear view appeared in the alverde magazine of the dm drugstore in June 2014 and on the website of the orthoptist association.

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