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Pediatric Ophthalmology

Children are a high priority at Excel Eye Center, and our offices and staff are all child-friendly. Scott W. Yeates, M.D. and Brad Henriksen, M.D., are the only fellowship-trained children’s eye doctor and ophthalmologists in Utah County. Their cheerful personalities help children remain comfortable and relaxed throughout kids eye exams and surgical procedures.

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Pediatric Eye Care

Eye problems can develop at an early age. Scheduling routine eye examinations give children their best chances at optimal eye health throughout their lives. Excel Eye Center provides top-rated children’s ophthalmology services for kids throughout Utah County.

As the only fellowship-trained kids eye doctors nearby, you can trust Scott W. Yeates, M.D., and Brad Henriksen, M.D., with all your pediatric ophthalmology needs. Our specialists and trained staff have extensive experience treating children, enabling them to quickly and accurately diagnose vision impairments in young children.

Children's Ophthalmology Specialties

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Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia is decreased vision in one or both eyes, that otherwise have normal structures. Without the right nerve stimulation, the brain will favor the better-seeing eye, creating a “lazy eye.”  The most common causes for amblyopia are eye misalignment (strabismus) and a difference in glasses prescription between the eyes. Our kids eye doctors will prescribe the best treatment for your child, which may include glasses, patching, or eye drops.

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Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction (Clogged Tear Duct)

Nasolacrimal duct obstruction, or clogged tear ducts, are common in infants and young children and most often cause tearing and mucus discharge from one or both eyes. The most common cause for the blockage is a membrane over the duct opening in the nose. If tearing does not improve over several months, or causes infections or skin irritation, then a probing procedure, with or without placement of a silicone stent may be necessary. Our children’s eye doctors can help evaluate and provide treatment for clogged tear ducts as necessary.

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Pediatric Cataract

A cataract is any clouding of the natural lens of the eye. There are many causes of cataracts including developmental abnormalities, infections, inherited conditions, trauma, inflammation, or other spontaneous causes. While not all cataracts cause vision loss, when clouding of the lens is significant and blocks light from reaching the back of the eye, they must be treated promptly to prevent long-term vision loss. Treatments include small incision cataract surgery, and placement of intraocular lenses depending on the age of the child. Additional treatments including glasses, contact lenses, and patching are also important for visual recovery. Dr. Henriksen specializes in pediatric cataract surgery and will provide the best treatment for your child.

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Strabismus (Eye Misalignment)

Strabismus is the term for eye misalignment, when one eye may turn inward (esotropia), outward (exotropia), upward, or downward (hypertropia). Strabismus is a common condition in children, but can also occur later in life. Every child with eye misalignment needs a complete eye exam with a children’s ophthalmologist. Treatments for strabismus include glasses, patching, prisms, and in some cases eye muscle surgery. As pediatric ophthalmologists, Dr. Yeates and Dr. Henriksen will provide the best treatment options available for improving eye alignment.

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