Children often become anxious or impatient while waiting to see the doctor. Our child-friendly waiting room and clinical spaces are equipped with movies, books, and toys, as well as space to move around. The environment is designed to reduce stress for the whole family.
Coordinated Care for Maximum Convenience
Our pediatric ophthalmologists, optometrists, and orthoptists 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 your child's care and maximize your convenience.
We offer patient support services, including educational materials and programs and a vision rehabilitation program, and have a social worker who can help your family cope with and manage 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 care for and treat complex eye problems, including eye-muscle, corneal, and retinal diseases as well as glaucoma in children.
Latest Retinal Imaging Devices
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) offers 3-D 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.