The Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology serves as a referral center for all significant pediatric eye disease and trauma cases in the region. Pediatric care ranges from routine eye exams to complex diagnoses.
The Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology provides routine eye examinations and more in-depth examinations for complex diagnoses. Our providers use state-of-the-art technology, such as:
- Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
- Fundus auto fluorescence (FAF)
- Fundus photography (photographs the back of the eye)
- Fluorescein angiography
- Corneal topography
- Humphrey visual field testing
- Electrophysiologic testing (ERG and EOG)
The Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology provides outpatient services at Cincinnati Children’s Burnet Campus and at three satellite locations: Kentucky, Liberty and Anderson.
The Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology provides inpatient services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We also provide clinical consultations to the Emergency Department and other medical units at Cincinnati Children’s. The inpatient service clinical care team is led by a pediatric ophthalmologist and provides the best possible care to patients at Cincinnati Children’s.
Emergent / Urgent Consultations
The Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology provides immediate access to pediatric ophthalmic care for emergent / urgent problems. Our ophthalmology providers offer 24-hour call coverage. We also offer immediate phone consultations for area physicians through Physician Priority Link, a unique doctor-to-doctor service provided by Cincinnati Children’s.
In 2009, the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology created a pediatric retina service under the direction of Robert Sisk, MD, a pediatric retina specialist. Our retina service features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment such as ocular coherence tomography (OCT) and cornea topography. The equipment is used to help diagnose hereditary pediatric retina disease. This capability provides a comprehensive retina evaluation and treatment service unique to Cincinnati Children’s.
Corneal and Anterior Segment Consultations
Adam Kaufman, MD, a cornea and uveitis specialist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, provides consultations through the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology. He sees patients bimonthly on a scheduled basis and more urgently as needed. Dr. Kaufman performs penetrating keratoplasties, while full-time division faculty members perform intraocular lens implantations.
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
The Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology provides retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cincinnati Children’s and in the newborn nurseries at University Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. The ROP screening program provides the region with access to clinical specialists who can perform ROP screening and intervention for premature infants.
Retinoblastoma Treatment Center
The Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology and the Department of Ophthalmology in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine have partnered to establish the Retinoblastoma Treatment Center. James Augsburger, MD, is the center director; he specializes in ocular oncology (cancers of the eye) and has a special interest in retinoblastoma, the most common type of eye cancer in children.
Contact Lens Services
The Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology provides contact lens services for infants after cataract surgery, under the direction of Daniele (Dan) Saltarelli, OD. This service has been well received by patients and their families. To help patients adapt to contact lenses, Saltarelli has made a video for educating patients about the process.
Community Vision Screening
The Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology provides community vision screening services under the direction of Carol Weinel, COA. She focuses her screening activities on disadvantaged students within the Cincinnati area. Our vision screening service provides free eye exams to children younger than age 7 at 29 local schools, as well as at health fairs and other community events.
Cincinnati Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program
The Cincinnati Children's Vision Rehabilitation Program is offered at Cincinnati Children’s under the direction of Terry Schwartz, MD and Rebecca Coakley, MA, CLVT. The program is offered to school-aged children (3-21 years) with permanent impairment of vision and provides comprehensive eye evaluations, assessment for and provision of low vision devices, assistive technology evaluation, orientation and mobility screening and recommendations for classroom adaptations. Children with vision impairment require a referral from educators or health care providers in order to be accepted for evaluation.