Pediatric Ophthalmology

Tampa Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
If you or your children are experiencing problems with your eyes or vision, don’t suffer in silence. Dr. Guggino specializes in all forms of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, and can provide you with the necessary treatments to improve the health and condition of your eyes, as swiftly and effectively as possible.

Pediatric Ophthalmology – Your Child’s Eyes, in Safe Hands
The term pediatric ophthalmology refers to the practice of providing eye care for children with health problems related to the eyes.

This can, of course, encompass a wide variety of treatments and practices. Children seeking ophthalmic treatment may simply need to be prescribed a pair of glasses to help them to see more clearly. Alternatively, they may require complex eye surgery in order to rectify a significant problem.

What to Expect When Your Child Sees an Ophthalmologist
It’s important to remember, the vast majority of childhood conditions associated with the eyes are relatively minor and can be easily treated. Your pediatric ophthalmologist will conduct an initial assessment, in addition to listening to any concerns that you may have about your child’s eyes.

Helping Children to Feel Comfortable
Dr Guggino is a trained Pediatric Ophthalmologist. He has worked with a large number of children to help rectify health conditions such as:

  • Inherited eye disease
  • Amblyopia (‘lazy eye’)
  • Strabismus (‘cross eye’)
  • Ptosis(droopy lids)
  • Tear duct problems
  • Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
  • Styes and chalazia

He understands that children can be nervous and afraid when visiting a doctor , Dr. Guggino’s unique approach provides a relaxing, calming environment in which the child can feel secure and unthreatened .

What is Strabismus?
Whenever the eyes are misaligned either horizontally, vertically or torsionally the condition is referred to as strabismus. Strabismus may occur in both children and adults for any number of reasons, including congenital and acquired. The cause for strabismus should always be determined as it may be due to an ominous condition.

SYMPTOMS (what the person feels)
A person with strabismus may or may not experience symptoms. Symptoms can include blurry vision, double vision and sometimes light sensitivity. Strabismus may alter the appearance in the mid-individual. For this reason that individual will experience embarrassment, shame, loss of self-confidence and even depression.

SIGNS (what observers see)
The signs of strabismus include crossed eyes, an eye drifting outwardly, one eye higher or lower than the other, a head tilt and or a face turn. In some cases the individual will squint one eye to eliminate double vision.

How is Strabismus Treated?
Strabismus can be treated surgically, with glasses or simply observed depending on its intensity.
Some types of strabismus lend themselves to being corrected with glasses. At times both glasses and surgery are indicated. When surgery is indicatedit is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The success following one procedure is very high, roughly an 85% success rate. This implies that a small percentage of patients may need a second and even a third procedure.

Strabismus in Adults
Strabismus in adults may have originated in childhood or could be acquired. Strabismus that onsets in adults may be due to a serious neurological condition. A thorough neurological examination is indicated to rule out such possibilities as intracranial tumors, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke to name a few. Acquired strabismus in adults is almost always associated with double vision or diplopia. After the diagnosis is made and proper treatment is executed then the double vision and or strabismus can be treated either medically or surgically.

It is important to know that contrary to popular belief adults with strabismus can be helped following the appropriate surgery. It has been documented that the field of vision and depth perception are improved with the appropriate surgery. The treatment for adult strabismus is not considered cosmetic and in most cases it is covered by insurance.

Finding the Solution with Dr Guggino
Dr Guggino has decades of experience as a pediatric ophthalmologist in Tampa Bay. He received his fellowship training at the National Children’s Medical Center in Washington DC under the internationally known and respected Marshall M. Parks, M.D. He is responsible for introducing new surgical techniques in strabismus surgery and has lectured throughout the country on the subject. If you or your child have an issue or condition that you’d like to discuss, contact today Dr. Jack Guggino at (813) 876–1400.