Why see a Paediatric Ophthalmologist

Paediatric Ophthalmology and Squint has been recognized as a distinct Super speciality in the field of Ophthalmology by Vision 2020 “The Right to Sight” initiative by the Government of India, to provide a highlight to Childhood blindness.
Childhood blindness refers to a group of diseases affecting children below 16 years of age and early adolescence, which when left untreated results in severe visual impairment, that are likely to be untreatable later in life. There is no age limit on bringing a child for an eye check-up.
The major causes of Blindness in children vary widely from region to region, the most common being refractive errors, Lazy eye, Corneal problems due to infections, Vitamin A deficiency, Cataract, Glaucoma and Squint.
Early treatment of cataracts and glaucoma may help to salvage whatever vision one can, followed by visual rehabilitation. Squint in children can lead to amblyopia, which causes irreversible loss of vision if untreated before the critical period i.e., 8 years of age.


A Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Squint specialist is an ophthalmologist who has completed training in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. It is the duty and responsibility of a Paediatric Ophthalmologist to treat and guide children and parents about various eye disorders. A general ophthalmologist neither has the specialized training nor the equipment to assess the visual needs of a child. We have a well-equipped paediatric eye care unit with a well-trained Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Squint Specialist.
Our Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist & Squint Specialist, Dr Rasheena Bansal received her basic medical training from Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, and her postgraduation in Ophthalmology from Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai. She then did short-term training in squint at Dr RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi, followed by a Long term fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus & Neuro-ophthalmology at L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. Thereafter, she underwent a Clinical Observership in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the Department of Ophthalmic and Visual Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA under the guidance of Dr J Miller. She has presented at various international and national meetings and has publications in national and international journals and written chapters in textbooks. She has a special interest and expertise in Children's Eye disorders, Ocular Motility disorders and Squint. Her areas of specialization include Paediatric Cataract, Amblyopia (Lazy eye), Strabismus (Squint), Nystagmus, Ptosis(Eyelid Drooping), Eye Allergy, Paediatric Glaucoma and Neuro- ophthalmological disorders.