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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Fleming Island

Nemours Children's Clinic, Fleming Island

1747 Baptist Clay Drive, Suite 130
(U.S. 17 and Village Square Parkway)
Fleming Island, FL 32003
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3600

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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  • 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
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Our experts in pediatric ophthalmology and optometry provide all aspects of children’s eye care and treatment from glasses to surgery and everything in between. Expertise in treating a wide range of pediatric eye problems has made Nemours Eye Care Clinic a pediatric ophthalmology referral site for families throughout Florida, Georgia and other regional locations. And since pediatric eye problems can be related to specific medical conditions, our pediatric ophthalmologists often collaborate with other Nemours medical specialists.

Our pediatric eye care 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. Our ophthalmology team is also trained and equipped to diagnose and treat vision problems in children with developmental disabilities and physical limitations.

 
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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.

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 more than 31 states and 60 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) 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 pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric optometrists and experienced eye technicians.

Our clinic features:
  • special child-friendly diagnostic equipment
  • exam rooms designed to allow for pediatric eye exams

Our Pediatric Partnership With Wolfson Children’s Hospital

A unique relationship with Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., 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 complex eye cases, such as tumors or cataracts, that may require surgical equipment and anesthesia.

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

Our Electronic Health Record Keeps Your Child’s Doctor in the Loop

Our award-winning electronic health records 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.