Ophthalmological (Eye) Surgery

An infant who underwent pediatric eye surgery

When your child needs pediatric eye surgery, high-quality care is of the utmost importance. Nemours pediatric ophthalmologists are experienced eye surgeons who use advanced pediatric eye surgery procedures, including laser surgery, to treat and repair children's eye problems. Pediatric eye surgery is often done on an outpatient basis, so in many cases, your child may not have to stay overnight in the hospital.

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Board-certified and fellowship-trained in children’s eye problems, Nemours eye surgeons perform a variety of pediatric eye surgeries to address or treat a wide range of conditions, including:

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (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
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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    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

Most pediatric eye surgeries are straightforward and allow your child to be treated on an outpatient basis (no overnight hospital stay). But when your child needs pediatric eye surgery, it’s natural for you to be concerned. After all, it’s your child’s vision — yet you can feel confident that our pediatric eye surgeons at Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH) have the experience and expertise to provide an exceptional level of care for your child.

Types of Pediatric Eye Surgery
  • Pediatric strabismus surgery: Eye muscle surgery that involves loosening or tightening the muscles in order to improve alignment of the eyes.
  • Pediatric tear duct surgery: Used to open blocked tear ducts, these short surgeries are usually performed under general anesthesia and have an 85–95% success rate for children 1-year-old or younger.
    • Probing: A surgical probe (thin, blunt metal wire) is gently passed through the tear duct to open any obstruction.
    • Stent: Silicone tubes (stents) are placed in tear ducts to stretch them and left in place for as long as 6 months and then removed.
  • Pediatric cataract surgery: Removing cloudiness of the lens of the eye.
  • Pediatric glaucoma surgery: Used to lower eye pressure that may be damaging vision.

We can also offer evaluation and treatment for pediatric ptosis (eyelid surgery that lifts an eyelid to keep it from blocking vision) and retinoblastoma (a type of tumor involving the retina).

Pediatric Eye Exams Using Equipment Just for Kids

Using the latest diagnostic techniques and equipment adapted just for children, we also provide comprehensive in-office pediatric eye exams.

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About Anesthesia for Pediatric Eye Surgery

Parents often have questions about the anesthesia. Rest assured that during any pediatric eye surgery or procedure that requires anesthesia, our board-certified Nemours pediatric anesthesiologists are right there to make decisions on the best types of medicine to keep your child comfortable.

With specialized training and years of experience, our anesthesiologists are able to provide the highest quality care to even the youngest or most medically fragile patients. We encourage you to share any concerns or questions you may have about anesthesia or sedation.

Special Video About Anesthesia

To help you and your child understand and prepare for a surgical procedure, ask about our unique EmmiKids videos that make complex medical information easy-to-understand. Emmi® has an online program specifically about anesthesia. Your doctor will give you a special code that will allow you to access your EmmiKids program from any computer.

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Preparing Your Child for Pediatric Eye Surgery

Preparing your child for pediatric eye surgery is not as hard as you might think. The key is sharing information at your child’s level of understanding, correcting misconceptions and dispelling any fears your child may have.

With a very young child, you don’t have to say much in advance, but do encourage older children to ask questions and even bring a list of questions for your doctor.

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 our patient's 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
  • nondenominational chapel

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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. Nemours also offers the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologists in the state, including those based at Nemours Children's Hospital.
  • 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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