Recent Advances in Pediatric Ophthalmology

  • Ken K. NischalEmail author


Advances in pediatric ophthalmology have in the past 5 years encompassed genetic, surgical and diagnostic. Using a systematic approach, from the front of the eye to the back and then considering the neurophysiology of vision the following areas are the most noteworthy with respect to either evolution of understanding or surgical development. For the cornea, neurotization for anesthetic cornea, and selective endothelial removal for congenital corneal opacification (CCO) together with a new classification for CCO. For the lens, cataract surgery techniques and understanding the outcomes of pediatric cataract surgery. For the retina, gene therapy for retinal dystrophies has exploded in terms of research and commercial treatment. In extraocular muscle surgery the use of tenotomy and reattachment surgery for nystagmus surgery. The neurophysiology of vision, the discovery that even late surgery for neglected congenital cataracts can result in visual development suggesting that our understanding of the critical period may need to be modified. While the field of molecular genetics has exploded there are two concepts that are extremely important for a pediatric ophthalmologist to be aware of; nonsense suppression therapy and the understanding of ciliopathies.


Congenital corneal opacity TIPP Rhexis Myopia control Ciliopathies Nonsense suppression therapy 


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  1. 1.UPMC Children’s Hospital of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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