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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Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando


13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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Phone: (407) 650-7715
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 
What to Bring

If you've made an appointment, please be sure to bring along the following items to help us check you in as efficiently as possible:

  • 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
  • any forms required for school, camp, sports, etc.
  • a list of prior immunizations
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

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

At Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH), our pediatric ophthalmology team is passionate about helping your child achieve and maintain optimal eye health through pediatric vision screenings, diagnosis and treatment.

Specialized Training in Pediatric Ophthalmology

Nemours’ pediatric ophthalmologists are board-certified and fellowship-trained, meaning they have completed a residency in pediatric ophthalmology and are specially trained in pediatric eye care. Our pediatric ophthalmology experts offer comprehensive pediatric eye exams and testing in order to diagnose and treat infant, childhood and adolescent eye disorders. And, if needed, they have the skill and experience to perform pediatric eye surgery (most are performed on an outpatient basis).

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At NCH, we work as a team to provide eye care expertise to kids throughout Central Florida. Our team will diagnose your child’s vision problems and determine a plan of care, while providing support and education for your child and your family.


Early Detection Expertise in Pediatric Ophthalmology

Serious threats to vision can occur in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), sickle cell disease, diabetes, some infectious diseases and other medical conditions. When patients experience symptoms such as decreased vision in one or both eyes, strabismus (crossed eyes), eye redness, tearing and pain or light sensitivity, we work to diagnose these vision problems as early as possible.

 
Coordinated Care for Ophthalmology in Children

Pediatric eye problems can be related to specific medical conditions, so our pediatric ophthalmologists often collaborate with other Nemours medical specialists. State-of-the-art electronic health records (EHR) and digital photography make it easy to share eye test results and treatment plans with our specialists and your child’s primary care doctor.

And to make things easier for you as a parent or guardian, we'll do our best to coordinate your child's visit with other specialty appointments as needed. Depending on your child’s specific issues, we may coordinate care with Nemours specialists in such fields as:

 
Plan Your First Pediatric Ophthalmology Visit

Your child’s first appointment may include multiple evaluations. Depending on your child’s needs, you can expect to:

  • First meet with our ophthalmologist and certified orthoptist (eye movement and diagnostic specialist) who will take a complete medical history, provide a medical examination, and spend time getting to know your child and your family.
  • See other medical specialists if necessary (for example, a neurologist, rheumatologist, etc.).
  • Meet a Child Life specialist who can provide play and creative therapies and distraction.
  • Get necessary diagnostic tests and lab work while you’re here.

Specialized Support for Children with Special Needs

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


A Hospital Designed by Families, for Families

At Nemours Children’s Hospital, family-centered care is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, families helped shape the unique amenities and convenient services that make our hospital like no other in the region.

 
If Your Child Needs to Stay Overnight in Our Hospital

You’ll feel right at home in one of our private patient rooms designed with input from families who know what it’s like to have a child in the hospital.

Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and two flat-screen TVs.

Other in-room features include:
  • full floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
  • refrigerator for family meals and snacks
  • wardrobe storage for personal items and a hotel-style safe
  • GetWellNetwork interactive television (uniquely based on your child’s age, medical condition and more) and allows your child to watch TV, surf the web, check e-mail, play music and games, and learn about your Nemours health care team.

Our “hospital within a garden” setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.

We have many more comforts and amenities such as:
  • complimentary valet and parking
  • kid-friendly commons areas for siblings
  • café and coffee shop
  • non-denominational chapel
  • concierge services

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Advanced Pediatric Medical Imaging Services Available Onsite

If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
Children’s Hospital.

Our unique services include:
  • interventional radiology: Our team of experts uses image guidance to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. Certain conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists. We are very fortunate to have the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologist in the state.
  • neuroradiological or cardiovascular imaging, and fetal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists see children with complex conditions who require this highly specialized imaging.
  • Central Florida’s only 256-slice Brilliance iCT Scanner: We are one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country to have this latest generation CAT (or CT) scanner that scans faster than most machines and produces excellent images in a much shorter time with much less radiation exposure for the child.

Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns.

We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.

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Family-Centered Care Means We're Here for You

At Nemours, we want to hear your concerns and share with you everything we can about your child's condition and treatment. If English is not your first language, we'll make sure you understand what to expect — in your language.

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With Your Family From Clinic or Hospital to Home: KidsTRACK

If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the 1st floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care, even before you leave our hospital or clinic.

A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment, and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.

Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.

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