Children are often anxious or impatient while waiting to see the doctor. Our child-friendly waiting room and clinical spaces are equipped with flat-screen television (with child-appropriate content) as well as space to move around. The environment is designed to reduce stress for the whole family.
Routine Eye Exams
Our pediatric optometrists specialize in assessing vision development and correcting vision problems in children. We check the health of your child’s eyes, screen for a full range of eye conditions, measure how well they see, and determine if they need glasses or contact lenses.
Coordinated Care for Maximum Convenience
Our pediatric ophthalmologists, optometrists, and orthoptists (specialists in vision and eye movement problems) work closely together and with other pediatric specialists at Duke to manage your child’s eye care. If your child requires multiple visits for different eye disorders, we make every effort to coordinate their care and maximize your convenience.
We offer patient support services, including educational materials and programs and a vision rehabilitation program. Our social worker can help your family cope with and manage non-medical challenges related to your child’s condition.
Nationally Renowned Specialized Services
People come from great distances to see our pediatric experts. Our children’s retina and optic nerve program is among just a handful of similar programs in the U.S.
Training and Experience Caring for Children
Our skilled surgeons work closely with pediatric anesthesiologists who have specialized training and experience caring for children during surgery. We are fully equipped to treat complex eye problems, including strabismus (eye muscle problems); eyelid, corneal, optic nerve, and retinal diseases; cataracts; and glaucoma in children.
Latest Retinal Imaging Devices
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) offers 3D views of the eye’s internal structures. Our researchers are pioneering new uses for OCT, including ways to better understand -- and hopefully to prevent -- blindness in premature babies with retinopathy of prematurity. Our OCT work allows us to more accurately diagnose other childhood retinal and optic nerve conditions and to recommend the most appropriate treatment.
Access to New Therapies
Your child may be eligible to participate in clinical trials to test new therapies for childhood eye disorders such as amblyopia and strabismus, cataracts, retinopathy of prematurity, and glaucoma. Our research, education, and technology development programs enable our doctors to offer you access to the latest breakthroughs in eye care.