Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

A pediatric ophthalmology patient

Even when vision problems are just one part of a complex health condition, pediatric ophthalmology 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 Specialty Care, Lakeland

Lakeland Regional Health Center,
Grasslands Campus
3030 Harden Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33803
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

Hours: Monday and Thursday (hours vary); call to schedule an appointment.

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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
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families

Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Lakeland is located at Lakeland Regional Health’s Multi-Specialty Grasslands Campus on Harden Boulevard.

The Nemours Commitment to Family-Centered Care

At Nemours, we recognize the importance of the family in the care and healing process. We understand that no one knows your child better than you do — and that you’re one of the most important members of your child’s care team. That’s why we make every effort to include you in the process and to create a close relationship built on mutual respect, collaboration and education.

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Electronic Health Record: Keeping Track of Your Child’s Progress

To ensure everyone is on the same page (including your primary care provider or pediatrician) your entire medical care team has access to our award-winning electronic health record system that keeps track of every visit, every test result and every procedure at Nemours.

And you can access select parts of your child’s health record through MyNemours, our secure portal that allows you to interact with your care providers and request prescription refills online, anytime.

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