About the Division of Ophthalmology

Children with a wide range of eye and vision problems come to CHOP’s Division of Ophthalmology for comprehensive evaluation, coordinated care and cutting-edge treatment.

As one of the leading pediatric ophthalmology centers in the U.S., we attract families from across the country and around the world. Our multidisciplinary team of ophthalmologists, surgeons, optometrists, orthoptists, nurse practitioners and certified ophthalmic technicians is dedicated to providing the best possible care for your child's eye or vision condition.

Your child may come to our pediatric ophthalmology clinic if she has a common or rare eye condition. We treat many patients with eye misalignment (strabismus), abnormal eye movements, lazy eye (amblyopia), or poor visual function. In addition, we treat children with more uncommon eye conditions such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Uveitis
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Tearing problems

We are pleased to offer late afternoon and Saturday hours at many of our locations, including Buerger Center, Virtua, King of Prussia, Exton and Brandywine Valley. Ask your scheduler when making an appointment.

Advanced testing and diagnostic services

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
  • Ultrasonography

We also offer a full range of diagnostic testing for children with retinal degenerations, inherited retinal disorders and genetic syndromes associated with retinal degeneration.

Specialty clinics

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
  • Pediatric Retina Clinic

Adult patients with strabismus, double vision and other eye movement problems are also treated by Children's Hospital ophthalmologists.


In addition to providing care to patients, doctors and researchers from the Division of Ophthalmology are actively involved in studies on retinopathy of prematurity, strabismus, cataracts, eye growth, myopia, amblyopia, and many other related areas. 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.

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