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:

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Fleming Island

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, 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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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)
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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

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 Specialty Care, Fleming Island, Fla. have the experience and expertise to provide an exceptional level of care for your child.

In fact, Nemours pediatric ophthalmologists have been named among the Best Doctors in America® for several years in a row. Our eye surgeons are specially trained and highly skilled in performing delicate eye surgery for kids, from relatively common procedures such as pediatric strabismus surgery or pediatric cataract surgery, to laser eye surgery.

We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about your child’s procedure and pediatric eye surgery, and we pledge to do all we can to help your child achieve the healthiest vision possible.

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Types of Pediatric Eye Surgery
  • Pediatric strabismus surgery: Eye muscle surgery which 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 a 85–95 percent success rate for children one-year-old or younger
    • Probing: A surgical probe (thin, blunt metal wire) is gently passed through the tear duct to open any obstruction
    • Balloon catheter dilation: A balloon is inserted and inflated with a sterile solution to expand the tear duct, then deflated and removed
    • Stent: Silicone tubes (stents) are placed in tear ducts to stretch them and left in place for as long as six months, and then removed
  • Pediatric ptosis surgery: Eyelid surgery that lifts an eyelid that may be blocking vision
  • Pediatric cataract surgery: Removing cloudiness of the lens of the eye
  • Pediatric glaucoma surgery: Used to lower eye pressure that may be damaging vision
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.

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.

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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