Pediatric Ophthalmology

Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics Service

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Children can be afflicted by many eye diseases. They may be born with or may develop cataracts, glaucoma, retinal and orbital tumors, or other problems. More commonly, children may need glasses to see more clearly or intervention for misaligned eyes (strabismus) or poor visual development in one eye (amblyopia). The management of eye problems in children requires special knowledge and skills. Even before a child can speak, pediatric ophthalmologists can tell what a child sees, if he or she needs eyeglasses or contact lenses, and if any problems exist with the eyes. Children are not miniature adults, and their eye problems require diagnostic and treatment methods that are usually different from those used in the older age group. Fortunately, most eye problems can be treated without surgery, but about 1,000 children per year undergo surgical correction of their eye problems at Wills Eye.

Pediatric ophthalmologists on the Wills Eye Hospital staff engage in educational and research activities in addition to the clinical and surgical care of their child patients. Most of the patients are from the Delaware Valley, but many come from other states and all parts of the world.

Click here to learn more about ocular pediatric conditions and their treatments.
Click here to view all of the doctors who see patients in our Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics Service.
Click here to view all of the doctors who are on the Pediatric Educational Staff and DO NOT see patients here at Wills Eye.

Clinic Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1210
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: (215) 928-3240
Fax: (215) 928-3983
Chief: Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc
Co-Director: Leonard B. Nelson, MD


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Refractive Surgery for Children & Adults
With Special Needs

Refractive surgery is considered a viable alternative for certain special needs patients. It is a medically indicated procedure for patients who cannot tolerate eyeglasses or contact lenses. Click here to learn more.