The Division of Ophthalmology provides comprehensive outpatient and inpatient consultations, diagnostic testing, ambulatory surgery and follow-up care to more than 12,000 children annually, with approximately 1,000 surgical procedures performed per year. Subspecialty procedures include surgical treatment of complex strabismus, pediatric cataract and intraocular lens implantation, other disorders requiring intraocular surgery, lacrimal abnormalities, congenital and acquired orbital and eyelid conditions, pediatric glaucoma surgery, ocular and orbital tumors, optic nerve sheath fenestrations, and pediatric retinal surgery.
During the Ophthalmology Fellowship, our fellows are involved in every diagnostic and therapeutic step in the care of patients in clinical and surgical practice. Working closely with faculty, fellows provide direct patient care with close supervision in all clinical settings. Physicians in the division care for patients and their families within Children's National. The organization includes the main campus of Children's National in Washington, D.C., as well as specialty care locations in the surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia. Clinical services available in the division include orthoptics, aphakic contact lenses, electroretinography, ultrasonography, optical coherence tomography, ultrasound biomicroscopy, visual field testing and complete ocular photography.
For children undergoing eye surgery, the hospital team includes specialists in pediatric anesthesiology, nursing and critical care medicine. For children with complex or multiple medical conditions, our pediatric ophthalmologists collaborate with specialists in genetics, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, otolaryngology (ENT) and oncology. The clinical teaching environment is outstanding, with top training programs in all pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties, as well as world-class clinical research throughout the institution.