My youngest (14 months) has started showing signs of either strabismus or ambylopia (both commonly referred to as "lazy eye", where one eye seems to track differently than the other when the child is tired or isn't focusing). We're going to see an ophthalmologist once the pediatrician weighs in and recommends one, and I'm interested in suggestions for what I should look for in an ophthalmologist, and in what we should do to prepare for the visit.
Particularly, how important is it that we find one that specifically mentions these conditions as things they specialize in? They're fairly common conditions (affecting over 4% of children), so I would expect most pediatric ophthalmologists to have as one of their main purposes helping to diagnose and treat lazy eyes; but many do not mention them in their list of specializations.
And, in terms of preparation, do we need to keep track of time or length of lazy eye bouts? Should we take any videos? Our pediatrician hasn't noticed this in her periodic checks, but I suspect that he's more focused during these visits (a person he's not that used to, who is talking a lot to him). I worry the ophthalmologist will have the same problem - not be able to diagnose because of lack of presentation during the visit.