Ophthalmology (Eye)

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Ophthalmology (Eye)

Welcome to the Division of Ophthalmology. Our pediatric eye specialists care for children with a full range of eye and vision problems, as well as certain problems related to eye movements in adults. Strabismus (eye misalignment or abnormal eye movements), amblyopia (lazy eye), and poor visual function are common reasons for children to come to the pediatric ophthalmology clinic at Children's Hospital.

We also treat children with more uncommon eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity, uveitis, droopy eyelids and tearing problems. The Division of Ophthalmology offers special testing not routinely available for children elsewhere, including vision testing for preverbal children, orthoptic evaluation and treatment, adult and pediatric visual field testing, electroretinography (awake or with sedation), visual evoked responses and ultrasonography. We offer a full range of diagnostic testing for children with retinal degenerations, inherited retinal disorders and genetic syndromes associated with retinal degeneration. Full service pediatric and adult contact lens care is provided within the clinic.

Subspecialty clinics within the division include Craniofacial Clinic, Optometry Clinic, Ophthalmic Genetics Clinic, Neuro-ophthalmology Clinic, Oculoplastics and Tearing Disorders Clinic, Uveitis Coordinated Care Clinic, and Pediatric Retina Clinic. Adult patients with strabismus, double vision and other eye movement problems are also treated by Children's Hospital ophthalmologists.

Our reputation as one of the leading pediatric ophthalmology centers in the United States attracts families from across the country and around the world. Our physicians have published books and journal articles on many topics related to pediatric ophthalmology including pediatric eyelid surgery, strabismus, pediatric cataracts, glaucoma and optic nerve disorders. In addition to patient care, our doctors are involved in research including studies on retinopathy of prematurity, strabismus, cataracts, eye growth, myopia, amblyopia, and many other related areas.

We care for patients at the Richard D. Wood Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, as well as conveniently located CHOP subspecialty centers in Exton, King of Prussia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and in Princeton and Voorhees, New Jersey.

Our greatest interest is in providing the best possible care for your child's eye or vision problem.

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Read past issues of our pediatric ophthalmology newsletter.