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For more than 100 years, Children's Health℠ has been making life better for children. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks us as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country. As the fifth-largest and second-busiest pediatric health care provider in the nation, Children's Health can provide the comprehensive and individualized care necessary to put your child back on the path to a healthy life.

Why Children's Health℠?

The Ophthalmology department at Children's Health provides basic eye examinations for children under 6, as well as for those with special needs.

We offer premier patient care for dozens of eye disorders and diseases, along with cutting-edge research and education. In addition to general ophthalmology, we offer the latest treatments and state-of-the-art equipment in the following fields:

  • Neuro-ophthalmology: A subspecialty of both ophthalmology and neurology.  Neuro-ophthalmology deals with visual problems associated with the nervous system.
  • Oculoplastics: A type of plastic surgery focusing on the structures that surround the eye including the eyelids, orbit, tear ducts and forehead.

Conditions We Treat

At Children’s Health, our ophthalmic experts are adept at identifying and treating a wide range of eye disorders in children, including the following:

  • Amblyopia: Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a common vision disorder in children. It occurs when one or both eyes send a blurry image to the brain (even if there is no structural problem with the eye itself).
  • Cataracts: A cataract is a cloudy patch on the normally clear lens of the eye that may cause blurred vision. Most cataracts in children are congenital (present at birth), but they can show up in older kids as the result of an eye injury.
  • Congenital ocular anomalies: Optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH), retinal dysplasia and Peters anomaly are examples of genetic eye malformations. Often, genetic ocular anomalies are associated with other conditions such as Down syndrome or cerebral palsy.
  • Esotropia: Pediatric esotropia occurs when one or both of a child’s eyes turn inward toward their nose (cross-eyed).
  • Genetic ocular disease: Besides cataracts and glaucoma, inherited eye diseases such as optic atrophy, retinal degeneration and eye malformations account for most of the cases of blindness in children.
  • Glaucoma: Glaucoma occurs if the fluid behind the eye doesn't drain properly, causing the pressure inside the eyes to slowly rise. Over time, that pressure can cause damage to your child's optic nerve.
  • Ocular infections: Children can get eye infections from bacteria, viruses or fungi. Common eye infections in kids include conjunctivitis (pinkeye) and external styes.
  • Pediatric ocular trauma: Pediatric ocular trauma is any injury to a child's eye. Injuries may be the result of blunt, penetrating or chemical trauma.

What to Expect

At Children’s Health, we want your child to be as comfortable as possible. That’s why we’ve designed our ophthalmology clinic specifically with our young patients in mind.

Call either phone number to schedule an appointment. Unless an outside ophthalmologist referred your child, all new patients are scheduled into our General Ophthalmology clinic.

Please bring the following information to your appointment:

  • 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

Please allow extra time in your travel plans for parking and check-in. Also, be aware that eye exams requiring dilation can take as long as three hours.

Our Team

The Ophthalmology team at Children's Health is among the best in the field. You can trust your child’s eyesight to us.

Physician Contacts

David R. Weakley, Jr., M.D. - Pediatric & Adult Strabismus; Director, Division of Ophthalmology
Yu-Guang He, M.D. - Retina
Robert Hogan, M.D. - Neuro-ophthalmology
Kamel M. Itani, M.D. - Oculoplastic surgery
Steven M. Verity, M.D. - Cornea
Serena X. Wang, M. D.  - Cataract, Strabismus 
Jess T. Whitson, M.D. - Glaucoma