Eye doctors at Dell Children's deliver advanced care for children with eye and vision conditions, and adults with double vision and strabismus.

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Pediatric ophthalmology at Dell Children's

Experienced pediatric eye doctors (ophthalmologists) at Dell Children's at Ascension Seton deliver advanced care for children with eye and vision conditions, and adults with double vision and strabismus. The first appointment starts with a conversation about your child and their eyes, symptoms, health history and your concerns. Using advanced tests, we diagnose pediatric eye conditions. Then, we create a personalized care plan that’s right for your child. 

Conditions we diagnose and treat

Specialists at Dell Children’s diagnose and treat eye conditions, including:
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Blindness or low vision
  • Cataracts
  • Childhood glaucoma (build up of pressure in the eye)
  • Clogged tear ducts and excessive tearing
  • Congenital anomalies of the eye
  • Double vision and eye movement disorders
  • Eye socket (orbital) conditions
  • Eye trauma
  • Eye tumors
  • Neurological eye disorders
  • Ocular genetic conditions
  • Optic nerve disorders
  • Ptosis (drooping eyelid)
  • Refractive errors (astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia) or blurry vision in children under age 5
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Severe or recurrent eye infections
  • Strabismus (misaligned eyes)
  • Stye or chalazion (sore bump on the eyelid)

Collaboration with UT Health Austin

Our pediatric neuro-ophthalmology care is a specialty clinic within UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s, a clinical collaboration between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin.

Advanced eye tests and treatment for children

Your child’s care starts with getting the right diagnosis. Experienced care teams at Dell Children’s provide advanced diagnostics and testing for eyes and vision. Your child’s first appointment will take about two hours. During this time, we take a thorough history and eye exam. This includes dilating your child’s eyes so we can examine their retinas and optic nerves. Your child’s ophthalmologist may perform other advanced diagnostic tests, depending on your child and their diagnosis. Our care team helps your child feel comfortable by explaining the test and using equipment designed for children.

Your child’s doctor works with you to create a care plan that’s right for your child and that may include medications, minimally invasive procedures and more complex surgery. If your child’s condition is related to another health concern, your care team works with other specialists to deliver care for the whole child.

Surgical care for pediatric eye injuries and conditions

Experienced ophthalmologists at Dell Children’s deliver advanced eye surgery for eye injuries and conditions. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive procedures, which can mean a lower risk for complications and a shorter recovery. If surgery is part of your child’s care plan, your child’s care team takes the time to explain the procedure to you and your child. Tell us your concerns and ask us your questions. We also explain what to expect before surgery and how to care for your child after surgery.

Advanced care for eye and vision conditions related to the nervous system

Experienced pediatric neuro-ophthalmologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons use some of the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat neuro-ophthalmic conditions. Your child’s care team may also include physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, social workers, child life specialists and dietitians. Together, we provide a wide range of care – from evaluation, testing and diagnosis, to surgical care, management and rehabilitation – for neuro-ophthalmic conditions:

  • Brain-based vision loss
  • Double vision due to eye misalignment
  • Intracranial hypertension
  • Neurologic disorders of the lids and asymmetric pupils
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic nerve disease
  • Papilledema
  • Vision loss due to a tumor or stroke

Care for adults and children with misaligned eyes and double vision

At Dell Children’s, we provide advanced care for adults and children with misaligned eyes (strabismus) and double vision (diplopia). Ophthalmologists at Dell Children’s specialize in the early diagnosis and treatment of strabismus and diplopia. Your ophthalmologist works with you to create a care plan that is personalized for you. Treatment options may include BOTOX™ injections, fresnel prisms or surgery, including adjustable sutures.

What sets us apart

Wise choices for your child

Whenever possible, we use minimally-invasive surgical procedures.

Treatment for adults and children

We provide advanced care for adults and children with misaligned eyes (strabismus) and double vision (diplopia).

A team approach

Together with other specialists, our team provides a wide range of care for neuro-ophthalmic conditions.