Your child's ability to see the world depends on healthy eyes. At Children's National Hospital, our pediatric ophthalmologists are experts at diagnosing and treating complex eye problems, congenital disorders and rare eye conditions, such as strabismus, childhood cataract and glaucoma. We offer comprehensive care for patients of all ages, from newborns to young adults.
We emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to care. That means, our program includes a team of experts specialized in all aspects of eye care so we can provide the most comprehensive care possible.
- Adult strabismus (misalignment of the eyes and double vision in adult patients)
- Neuro-Ophthalmology Program. Specializes in conditions involving the muscles and nerves that control eye function with one of the only dedicated pediatric neuro-ophthalmologists in the Washington, D.C., area
- Ophthalmic Genetics Program. Dedicated clinic for children and adults with inherited eye disorders
- Orbital and Oculoplastics
- Pediatric Retina
- Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)
Ophthalmology at Children's National
Not all eye doctors are the same. Eye conditions that threaten your child's sight, such as retinopathy of prematurity, require the expertise of a well-trained and experienced pediatric ophthalmologist.
Our team includes board-certified ophthalmologists with advanced fellowship training who specialize in pediatric care. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are trained to recognize and manage eye diseases and disorders in children whose vision is still developing.
Features of our ophthalmology program include:
- Leaders in children's eye care. Our program at Children’s National Hospital was the first hospital-based pediatric ophthalmology department in the nation. We have a long history working with complex eye conditions and are a recognized leader in the screening and treatment of strabismus, congenital cataract and glaucoma, and retinopathy of prematurity, a disorder that affects premature infants. Read in-depth information about common pediatric ophthalmology conditions.
- Level 1 Surgery Verification. We have attained Level 1 Surgery Verification from the American College of Surgeons, a distinction that recognizes surgery centers that have improved surgical quality, prevented complications, reduced costs and saved lives.
- Precise diagnosis. Finding the best treatment for your child starts with an accurate and in-depth diagnosis. We are experts in recognizing rare and complex eye problems in newborns, infants and children.
- Expertise in rare disorders. Our pediatric ophthalmologists have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of lens abnormalities and childhood cataract, a rare condition that affects only 0.4 percent of children and can be easily misdiagnosed. We are also among the few centers that manage infantile glaucoma, another rare but very serious eye disease.
- Network of care. If we determine your child has a less severe eye condition, our team will help connect you to a community specialist for a more appropriate level of care.
Strabismus Expertise at Children's National
Vision Testing and Screening
Online Appointment Scheduling Available for Existing Patients
If your child is an existing patient, you can schedule their appointments online through the MyChildrensNational patient portal. Learn more information about the patient portal and how to sign up.
Having Surgery: What to Expect
When preparing for your child’s surgery, it is important that you understand the process and feel comfortable with our facility. View our resources to help prepare you and your child before, during and after surgery.