Pediatric Patients - Welcome Parents & Guardians. This page contains helpful information and answers to routinely asked questions.
Mr. Imm sees many children in his practice. Some of these children have suffered eye loss for different reasons including cancer and trauma. Other children are born without an eye or what is called "microphthalmos."
Children with anophthalmos or microphthalmos undergo a process to expand their socket. It is important to start this as early as possible as the bony orbit development is dependant upon the volume of the eye to stimulate growth. This is done with a series of custom expansion conformers to not only develop conjunctival surface but the lid aperatures also. He prefers many visits with smaller increases in conformer size to make this as comfortable on the child as possible. Sometimes the conformer or the artificial eye can be made in two pieces for more comfortable insertion into the socket.
It is important for your pediatric ophthalmologist and Mr. Imm to work as a team for optimum results. Before any fitting appointment a consultation is required.
Mr. Imm takes a slow and sensitive approach with children and infants to ease stress and anxiety during the fitting. Our goal is a happy and confident child who becomes a happy and confident adult.
OUR PHONE DOES RING AFTER HOURS AND DURING THE WEEKENDS FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS THAT ARISE.
**AS WITH ALL PATIENTS IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO WEAR GLASSES TO PROTECT THE SEEING EYE.