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.

Learn More About Pediatric Eye Surgery

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 duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr Medical Arts Pavilion
825 Old Lancaster Road, Suite 250
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200
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Fax: (302) 651-5990

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Parking: Valet parking at entrance. Garage parking with convenient skywalk to our suite.

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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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If your child needs pediatric eye surgery, you can rest assured that not only is eye surgery for kids fairly common, the pediatric ophthalmologists (pediatric eye surgeons) at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr perform hundreds of pediatric eye procedures every year.

Our entire pediatric ophthalmology team will go out of their way to treat your child as they would their own. We’ll treat the procedure with the utmost care, attention to detail and expertise — in fact, Nemours’ pediatric ophthalmologists have even been named among the "Best Doctors in America®" for several years in a row. They’re 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.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about your child’s procedure — and know that we’re committed to doing all we can to help your child achieve the healthiest vision possible.

Learn More About the Pediatric Surgery Center in Bryn Mawr

The Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Surgery Center at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr is your local access to the pediatric surgery expertise of Nemours’ renowned physicians. If you live in or around the Main Line, you can now get the same great pediatric surgery care from Nemours’ experts in your own backyard. Our state-of-the-art pediatric surgery center is located right across the street from Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Our experienced pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., are available to handle all kinds of pediatric surgical procedures, from the simple to the more complex. 

The facility was designed by physicians, nurses and parents, and includes a number of family-friendly features to make your visit more comfortable, including:

  • two fully equipped operating rooms
  • eight private pre-operative rooms (where you can stay with your child right up until the time of surgery)
  • a comfortable waiting area (with free refreshments, a digital board to show the status of each patient, and glass walls so you can more easily watch for the operating room staff or surgeon to come out and give you updates)

After the surgery, your child will return to the same room and will usually have the same nurse.

Common Pediatric Eye Surgeries at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr
Some of the more common procedures we perform include:
  • Pediatric strabismus surgery: This involves loosening or tightening the eye muscles in order to improve alignment of the eyes.
  • Pediatric tear duct surgery: The following types of tear duct procedures are performed to open blocked tear ducts, usually under general anesthesia, with an 85 to 95 percent 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.
    • Balloon catheter dilation: A balloon is inserted and inflated with a sterile solution to expand the tear duct, then is deflated and removed.
    • Stent: Silicone tubes (stents) are placed in tear ducts to stretch them. The tubes are left in place for as long as 6 months and then removed.
  • Pediatric ptosis surgery: This procedure lifts an eyelid that may be blocking vision.
  • Pediatric chalazion removal: A chalazion is a small cyst (or bump) on the eyelid. Usually harmless, the cyst can sometimes cause irritation or even an astigmatism (an optical defect in which vision is blurred). We can drain or excise (remove) the cyst.
Anesthesia for Pediatric Eye Surgery

During any pediatric eye surgery or procedure that requires anesthesia, our board-certified Nemours pediatric anesthesiologists are right there to make decisions about 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.

Like many parents, you may have questions about anesthesia. We encourage you to share any concerns or questions you or your child may have about anesthesia or sedation.

Preparing for Pediatric Eye Surgery

Preparing your child for 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.

Our pediatric surgical specialists (surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses), understand what kids need, physically and psychologically. Our guidebook provides step-by-step instructions and information about what to expect before, during and right after surgery.