Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus 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 Service.

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

Abington Location:
Abington Hospital
The Price Building
1245 Highland Avenue
Suite G04
Abington, PA 19001
Phone: 267.635.0990
Fax: 267.536.4688

Email: Pediatrics@willseye.org

Chief: Kammi B. Gunton, MD
Co-Director: Leonard B. Nelson, MD


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Pediatric Ophthalmology Research
Click here to view the April 1, 2021 Research Update.


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.