Paediatric Ophthalmology

Our paediatric ophthalmologists at personalEYES can treat a wide range of children’s vision problems.

Our expert specialists are at the forefront of their field and have training in strabismus (squint), amblyopia (lazy eye), congenital cataract, paediatric myopia, paediatric glaucoma and congenital retinal diseases.

Children’s visual problem can be missed and this can be due to children not being able to always communicate what is bothering them or how well they can or cannot see.

Paediatric ophthalmologists are trained to overcome these issues by providing a thorough examination in a relaxed and effective manner. Our selected paediatric clinics offer a child-friendly environment to keep children occupied and comfortable during their examinations.

Clinic appointment for a child

Please remember to bring the following

  • Referral letter- from your GP or Optometrist.
  • Medicare card, DVA card, Pension Card and/or Health fund card.
  • List of current medications including eye drops.
  • Any current glasses (for distance or reading).
  • Any photos which identify the problem in your child’s eye/s that you are concerned about.
  • A pair of sunglasses (age appropriate)

At the clinic:

On arrival please present yourself at the reception desk to notify our friendly staff of your arrival.

The orthoptist will take a history and perform age appropriate eye test for vision accuracy and eye movements. At the conclusion of the orthoptist’s assessment, eye drops will be instilled to dilate the pupils in order for the ophthalmologist to perform a comprehensive eye examination.

Once instilled, you will be asked to take a seat in the waiting room for the dilating drops to work. Dilating eye drops may take up to 2 hours (especially for darker coloured eyes) to work.

Once the pupils have dilated, your ophthalmologist will complete the assessment. Your ophthalmologist will perform a thorough assessment explaining his/ her findings, any implications and treatment. Please note the total duration of the appointment may be as long as 3 hours.

Information will be communicated to your referring doctor or optometrist.

Please be mindful that dilating drops will blur your child’s vision and your child’s pupils will remain dilated for 4-6 hours. Please be mindful that your child may find it difficult to read and do any homework.