Problems with a child’s eyesight are always a concern. At Children’s Health, the Department of Ophthalmology’s emphasis is on providing top quality care of your child’s eye-related problems. Your child’s needs are met by our highly trained and professional staff, from the simple fitting of glasses through surgery, if needed.
The Department provides basic eye exams for those under 6 years of age and with special needs. They can also perform ocular plastic surgery to correct problems of the eyelids, orbit, tear ducts, forehead and mid-face. Neuro-ophthalmogists provide diagnosis and treatment services for eye problems that arise in the brain or nervous system.
Conditions We Treat
Some of the diseases we treat include:
- Strabismus, when one or both eyes don’t align properly
- Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” which is the loss of one eye's ability to see details. It is the most common cause of vision problems in children.
- Glaucoma, an increase of pressure inside the eye
- Esotropia, or "crossed" eyes
- Eye infections
For parents, this means that the team makes available experts to provide care that is specially formulated for your child and her specific needs. It also ensures that other disciplines are readily available should they be required.
We offer the latest treatments and top-level equipment, all while maintaining a soothing atmosphere that is specially designed to fit the needs of children.
The American Board of Ophthalmology certifies all our physicians. Many have additional training in subspecialty areas. For example, all of Children’s Health oculoplastic surgeons are members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. There are only 500 physicians worldwide who have completed the training needed to join this prestigious group.
Children’s Health has also been designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Being a Magnet Hospital puts us in the top 7% of the world’s hospitals and is a reflection of the excellence of our nursing staff.
As the main pediatric teaching hospital for UT Southwestern Medical Center, your child’s physicians are all on the faculty at the Center. Their focus on research means that not only do they stay abreast of all the newest treatments and interventions in their fields, they have actually helped to develop many of them.
What to Bring
- Photo ID of the parent or legal guardian escorting the child Insurance/Medicaid/CHIP card
- All medications the patient is taking including prescription, over the counter and herbal
- Immunization Records
- Glasses if they have them
- Specialist Co-Pay
- Allow extra time in your travel plans for parking and check-in