Jackson Eye Associates serves a wide range of eye care needs for our patients. Whether you need a comprehensive eye examination, want iLasik, Botox® or need cataract surgery, our physicians and support staff are ready to give you the individualized care you deserve.

Pediatric Eye Care

JEA, often treats congenital eye problems in infants and children. Many problems can be corrected if caught and treated early, so bring your child to us with any concerns you have about your child’s eyesight. Some common problems include:



Amblyopia is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. It is sometimes called a lazy eye. Amblyopia is caused by any condition that affects normal use of the eyes and visual development. In many cases, the conditions associated with amblyopia may be inherited. Amblyopia is one of the most common causes of visual impairment in childhood, and can affect approximately 2 to 3 out of every 100 children.

The best time to correct this problem is during infancy or early childhood, so bring your baby to JEA if you notice your child’s eye wandering inward or outward.


Blocked Tear Duct

Most children are actually born with a blocked tear duct; however, it usually resolves within the first two weeks of life. Since infants do not make tears for the first few weeks of life, this obstruction generally goes unnoticed, except in special circumstances.

If your baby shows unusual amounts of tears, matting around the eye, and chapped skin around the eye, these are the common symptoms of a blocked tear duct. Usually your physician will prescribe antibiotic ointment or drops, and massaging of the tear sac. This helps treat or prevent infection, which helps avoid potential scarring that can occur while waiting on the tear duct to open up.

Some children can develop a severe infection of the skin and soft tissue of the eyelids, or a serious collection of pus in the tear sac, which requires the intervention of an ophthalmologist. Fortunately, the serious infections are uncommon, allowing conservative observation of most children with this condition.

Most pediatric ophthalmologists like to give the blockage at least six months to clear up on its own. If the obstruction has not cleared by a year, the chances of spontaneous resolution are much less, and surgical intervention is usually offered. Surgery involves probing the tear duct or placing a temporary tube in the tear duct to hold it open. The decision to place a tube is dependent on how the probing goes. If the probing allows successful irrigation of the tear duct, then the tubing may not be necessary. However, if the tear duct cannot be irrigated at the time of surgery, the tube may be placed.


Retinopathy of Prematurity

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a retinal problem that affects premature infants. Between 16 weeks gestation and birth, retinal blood vessels begin to grow out from the optic nerve towards the peripheral retina. When a child is born prematurely (under 32 weeks gestation), the normal growth of these retinal blood vessels stops. Abnormal blood vessels can grow in the retina in areas that the normal blood vessels have not yet grown. This can cause serious vision problems or vision loss. A pediatric ophthalmologist or a retina specialist will usually want to see a premature infant shortly after birth.

In a normal 40-week pregnancy, the last 12 weeks are the most vital in the development of fetal eyes. Therefore, any child that is born prematurely is at a higher risk than a full term baby for other eye and vision problems. Regular eye examinations are recommended for all infants born under 32 weeks.