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Ophthalmology

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Children have unique eyecare needs. Our ophthalmologists are fellowship trained pediatric physicians offering the most skilled and comprehensive eye care, just for kids. Our compassionate clinical care is backed by innovative research, which translates to the latest technology and treatment techniques for eye conditions ranging from common to complex. 

Whether it's through a medical treatment, surgical procedure or general eye exam, our ophthalmologists specialize in diagnosing and treating a full range of pediatric eye conditions, including but not limited to: 

  • Strabismus (misalignment of the eyes) 
  • Amblyopia (poor vision in one eye) 
  • Failed vision screens, need for glasses 
  • Nasolacrimal duct obstruction 
  • Chalazion (bumps on eyelids) 
  • Ptosis (eyelid drooping) 
  • Cataracts 
  • Primary congenital glaucoma 
  • Eye muscle surgery 
  • Glasses 
  • Patching 
  • Nasolacrimal duct probe and irrigation 
  • Surgical removal of chalazion 

Craniofacial clinic 

Children with acquired or congenital conditions such as premature fusion of the sutures of the skull, genetic syndromes, and other skull or face conditions sometimes have associated eye issues. Our ophthalmologists are part of the multidisciplinary team in the craniofacial clinic, providing coordinated care at CHoR. 

Electroretinograms (ERGs) 

The retina is the very sensitive “camera film” of the eye. If there is a question on the condition of your child’s retina, an ERG is used to evaluate its function. This is a rare procedure, but we can perform it here. 

What to expect on your first visit 

Although initial ophthalmology examinations are not short, we try to make it fun for the kids—and for us!  

Our physicians often use toys, lights and finger puppets to get the information they need for a proper examination. 

Plan to spend at least one and a half to two hours in the office on your first day for check-in, performing the initial workup with the ophthalmologic technician, and for eye drop dilating. Bring lots of entertainment for your child and yourself. 

Not every child needs a full eye examination. Vision screening should be performed by the pediatrician and children with problems identified on this screening should be referred for a complete eye examination. 

If your child is prescribed glasses, they should wear them all day, every day, except for the three S’s: showering, sleeping and swimming. 

Our physicians want to make sure all of your questions are answered. If it helps, write down your questions and concerns so you don’t forget! 

Dilation drops 

Dilation drops are necessary for all new patient visits. It allows our physicians to perform a complete examination of the retina and accurate determination of a glasses prescription. The drops last around four to six hours – occasionally longer –  and your child will require specialized glasses to protect his or her eyes from sensitivity to light.  

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