Collaboration between the optician and the ophthalmologist is fundamental for children’s eye health

Looking after the vision of children is a task shared between an optician and an ophthalmologist. The optician is usually the one that has first contact with the child and can detect symptoms

Looking after the vision of children is a task shared between an optician and an ophthalmologist. The optician is usually the one that has first contact with the child and can detect symptoms that require a visit to the ophthalmology clinic.

To strengthen the collaboration between opticians and ophthalmologists, Dr Ana Wert, a specialist in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at IMO, organised a series of talks. After visiting Tarragona, Girona and Lleida, the final talk took place in December in IMO’s auditorium and was attended by more than 100 people.

The aim of the talk was to provide information about basic ophthalmological examination of children’s eyes and the most common diseases, such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus. A number of simple guidelines were also established to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and enable improved monitoring of children.

It is during childhood that vision develops, so early detection of eye problems is of vital importance. Regular visits to the ophthalmologist can help prevent eye problems and enable effective treatment of the most common diseases.