Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

A pediatric ophthalmology patient

Even when vision problems are just one part of a complex health condition, ophthalmology in children is part of helping kids reach their full potential.

From the youngest children who can’t tell us what they see, to those getting their first pair of glasses, we focus on the unique eye care needs of kids. Our pediatric ophthalmologists help your child achieve the best vision possible with routine and specialized care such as:

  • eye exams for infants, children and teens
  • pediatric vision screenings
  • eye care related to other pediatric conditions (sickle cell disease, diabetes, retinopathy of prematurity, etc.)
 
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Why Bring Your Child to a Pediatric Ophthalmologist?

If your child fails a vision screening or does not meet certain criteria, your family's primary care provider will refer your child for a comprehensive pediatric eye exam.

Pediatric eye problems are often very different from those of adults for the simple reason that children’s eyes are still developing.

It’s very important to have pediatric eye problems evaluated early and treated promptly because untreated childhood eye disorders can lead to long-term vision problems.

When Should Your Child Have a Pediatric Vision Screening?

Nemours' pediatric ophthalmologists encourage early screenings by your child’s primary care doctor at the newborn visit and at all well-child visits.

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) all recommend that your child's eyes be examined at timely intervals.

Why? Because early detection and treatment of eye disorders are an integral part of pediatric ophthalmology that leads to more successful treatment outcomes and are important for protecting your child's vision.

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Jacksonville

Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3600

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families

At Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, our pediatric ophthalmology clinic is one of two sites selected by the Children’s Eye Foundation for the national "See by Three" Vision Screening Program.

We're Totally Focused on Your Child's Healthy Vision

Expertise in treating a wide range of pediatric eye problems has made Nemours Eye Care Clinic a regional pediatric ophthalmology referral site for families from Daytona, Tallahassee, South Georgia, and elsewhere.

Our experts know kids and how to make them feel at ease. This experience enables us to perform a quality eye exam even in the youngest children and babies, which can lead to more accurate diagnoses.

 
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Pediatric Eye Exams Using Equipment Just for Kids

Using the latest diagnostic techniques and equipment adapted just for children, we provide comprehensive in-office pediatric eye exams that may include:

Retinal and eye photography

By taking a digital image of the back of the eye, we are able to examine parts of the retina in a way that's not possible with conventional instruments. This allows us to detect problems and monitor the retina for any signs of damage that could result in vision reduction or loss.

Visual field testing

Assessing your child’s field of vision can help determine whether he or she has problems with peripheral, or side vision, which can sometimes be an indicator of eye diseases such as glaucoma.

Ocular ultrasonography

An ultrasound that produces a 2-D image of the eye and its surrounding tissues can show any growths or other structural abnormalities. If a more in-depth study is needed, a CT scan or MRI may also be ordered.

Optical coherence tomography

At Nemours, we have an optical coherence tomographer (OCT) which performs non-invasive imaging tests that use light waves to take pictures of your child’s retina (the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye). An OCT allows us to measure and monitor eyes for changes over time. The test takes only a few minutes and can be performed in the clinic. The measurements help with early detection, diagnosis and treatment of common eye diseases and conditions, including diabetic eye disease.

Early Pediatric Eye Exams Are Critical to the Visual Health of Children

Nemours pediatric ophthalmologists have developed a special training program for primary care doctors on how to conduct effective pediatric eye exams for children from birth to age five.

Our eye doctors have also developed a single-use sterile exam kit for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a serious eye disease that occurs primarily in premature infants and can lead to blindness. This kit, now used in over 31 states and 60 Neonatal Intensive Care Units across the country, makes ROP testing safer and reduces the chance of infection.

Working with Equipment and in Spaces Designed for Kids

Our staff includes four pediatric ophthalmologists, a pediatric optometrist, and experienced eye technicians.

Our clinic features:
  • special child-friendly diagnostic equipment
  • exam rooms designed to allow for pediatric eye exams
  • a pediatric optometry room for contact lens fittings where we teach kids how to use and take care of their contacts

Our Pediatric Partnership with Wolfson Children's Hospital

A unique relationship with Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville allows our Nemours eye specialists to provide pediatric eye consultation in the emergency department for acute pediatric eye problems or injuries, and in the hospital or outpatient surgery center for other sometimes complex eye cases, such as pediatric cataract surgery or tumors.

During any pediatric cataract surgery procedure, or any eye procedure requiring anesthesia, our Nemours pediatric anesthesiologists are right there with your child to make decisions on the best types of anesthesia medicine to make sure your child is comfortable.

Teaming up with Mayo Clinic

Nemours Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology also partners in the care of complex pediatric retinal disorders, such as retinoblastoma in children, with a Mayo Clinic retina specialist (an ophthalmologist who has received special training in conditions involving the retina).

Our Electronic Health Records Keep Your Child's Doctor in the Loop

Our award-winning electronic health records (EHR) and digital photography make it easy for us to share eye test results and treatment plans with your child’s primary care doctor, as well as with other Nemours pediatric specialists.