Ophthalmology

Your child should be checked for vision problems by an ophthalmologist, optometrist, pediatrician, or other trained specialist:

  • Newborn to 3 months
  • 6 months to 1 year
  • About 3 years
  • About 5 years

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s ophthalmologists care for children with routine and complex eye disorders, evaluating and treating vision problems and vision-related learning and reading difficulties. Areas of special expertise include:

  • Ptosis surgery (to correct drooping of upper eyelid)
  • Strabismus surgery and amblyopia treatment for eye misalignment
  • Congenital cataracts
  • Tearing problems
  • Pediatric glaucoma management to treat optic nerve damage
  • Evaluation of the visual aspects of learning disorders
  • Examination of premature infants for retinopathy of prematurity
  • Vision therapy/orthoptic training 

An active trauma service is available 24 hours a day to handle ocular emergencies and consultations from the emergency department. Consultations and requests for second opinions are welcome. 

Our Team

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients. Our team is led by Robert Spector, MD, Chief of Ophthalmology. To view a list of our specialists, click here.

For more information, please call (215) 427-2020, or click here to ​visit our other locations.