Once your Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children pediatric ophthalmologist has provided an appropriate diagnosis, a treatment plan will be created that takes in to account your child’s condition, age, tolerance of treatments and your preferences. The plan may include one or more of the following eye treatments:

  • Adjusting lifestyle
    • Having your child wash hands frequently and face daily
    • Having your child avoid rubbing the eyes
  • Antibiotic ointments for the eyes
  • Blind or decreased vision adaptation training
  • Bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplantation
  • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy for eye cancer
  • Cryotherapy (a freezing process)
  • Eye glasses or contact lens
  • Eye exercises
  • Eye patch over a strong eye to improve a weak eye
  • Laser therapy or photocoagulation (to create small scars to prevent retina detachment)
  • Massaging (or “milking”) a blocked tear duct several times a day
  • Medications such as antibiotics
  • Undergoing surgery
    • Enucleation (surgical removal of the eye or eyes used for an eye tumor)
    • For catarcats:
      • Trabeculotomy and goniotomy: creating a surgical opening into the drainage area of the eye to allow fluid to drain more freely
      • Trabeculectomy: removing part of the drainage system of the eye to allow fluid to drain more easily
      • Iridotomy: creating a small hole through the iris to allow fluid to flow more easily. A laser may be used to make the hole, which is called a laser iridotomy.
      • Cyclophotocoagulation: using a laser beam to freeze selected areas of the eye and reduce the production of fluid
    • Thermal therapy