Correcting or Improving Vision Problems

Comparison of self-refraction using a simple device, USee, with manifest refraction in adults

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The USee device is a new self-refraction tool that allows users to determine their own refractive error. We evaluated the ease of use of USee in adults, and compared the refractive error correction achieved with USee to clinical manifest refraction.

Sixty adults with uncorrected visual acuity 65% of a population with high rates of RE correctable with glasses were not wearing them due to inadequate access [2].

As such, the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness have made the treatment of RE a priority in their VISION 2020 global initiative [3].

In 2011, however, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa were not on target to achieve goals of 20 refractionists per million population due to a smaller and more unevenly distributed eye health workforce [4].

Good vision is necessary for success in education and work, and maintaining health. The annual loss in global gross domestic product due to distance VI caused by uncorrected RE was estimated at $202 billion in 2007, while the cost for training personnel and purchasing equipment to correct these errors would be only $20–28 billion [5].

Despite the enormous potential benefit of correcting RE, the lack of trained professionals remains an important obstacle to vision care in low resource settings [4, 6].

In the United States (US), there is approximately one eyecare professional for every 5500 people, while in parts of Africa and rural India, the ratio is closer to one refractionist per one million people and 219,000 people, respectively [7–9].

While clinical manifest refraction (MR) is ideal for RE correction, newer technologies allowing for self-refraction (SR) may be a cost-effective substitute that requires fewer resources [10].

USee is a device that is worn a pair of glasses and has a graded lens bar that the user can move up or down to adjust the spherical equivalent (SE) refractive power in each eye. USee allows a user to self-refract and receive a pair of plastic eyeglasses on site with pop-in best-sphere lenses, an improvement over ready-made spectacles used in some programs.

Although USee can only provide SE correction, prior studies have shown that ready-made eyeglasses of this type were still well tolerated and highly valued [3, 11–15].

In this first study with the USee, we report on the accuracy and ease of use in measuring RE among adults in optometry clinics in the US. Although not the ultimate intended patient population, this study allowed for development and validation of a protocol for using the USee device, which will be applied in future studies in its target population.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Institutional Review Board approved this study. It was HIPAA compliant and followed the tenets of the Declaration of Helsinki. Informed written consent was obtained prior to all study procedures.

Participants comprised English-speaking patients of optometrists of the Wilmer Eye Institute, recruited in June-July 2016. Patients were excluded if they had (1) undergone eye surgery in the last 30 days, (2) uncorrected vision ≥20/30 in either eye, (3) best corrected vision +6.00 diopters (D) or < –6.

00 D, due to device limitations. All testing conditions, including lighting, distance between subject and eye chart, and visual acuity measurement protocol, were identical for each subject. On average, measurement of visual acuity and refractive errors were completed within 15 minutes.

The study protocol was completed in the order described below.

Measurement of distance visual acuity (VA) was first tested with and without existing corrective lenses (if worn) using computerized ETDRS charts (Innova Systems, Burr Ridge, IL) with luminance in the range of 0–4.3 candelas/m2, and placed 3 m in front of the subject. In the interest of brevity, a modified ETDRS protocol was used to measure VA [16].

The same chart was used for both MR and SR VA measurements. Starting at the 20/40 line on the chart, monocular and binocular testing proceeded sequentially to the lowest line at which ≥50% of letters were read correctly.

If patients were unable to read the 20/40 line, line size was increased sequentially until patients could read ≥50% of letters on a given line.

The SR device (USee, Global Vision 2020, Easton, MD) uses a single, durable, adjustable progressive lens for each eye placed directly in front of a 3mm rectangular opening slit in an eyeglass frame. The refraction bar is toggled up and down using a dial on each side of the frame.

Each adjustment level of the dial on the frame used to change optical power is marked by an easy to use color and number combination corresponding to a specific SE power (Fig 1). The optical power of the lens is determined by the curvature of the lens surface.

A refractive power SE ranging from –6.00 to +6.00 D is achievable, but cylindrical correction is not possible. In the myopic direction, increments of 0.25 D are available from –0.5 to –3.5 D and 0.5 D increments from –3.5 to –6.0 D. In the hyperopic direction, 0.

5 D increments are available from +1.0 to +6.0 D.


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Fig 1. USee device and kit.

(A) USee device with dials that move lens bar to appropriate refractive power, (B) USee EyeOpener kit including USee device, plastic frames, pop-in lenses, and visual acuity chart.

Trained, non-clinical research personnel observed as the subjects completed the SR protocol. The refraction bar was set to the most positive setting (+6.

00 D) and subjects were instructed to slowly turn the dial toward themselves (reducing plus power) until letters on the chart appeared clearest, and to make fine adjustments as necessary.

VA was measured using the above protocol, while the subject looked through USee using the self-selected optical power, both monocularly and binocularly. This was considered the preliminary USee result.

In an attempt to uncover any “overminus” bias inherent to the device, the duochrome test [17] was used. A line of letters was shown on the screen, split by a left-sided red background and a right-sided green background. If letters on the green or red side appeared clearer, 0.

25 D was added or subtracted to the preliminary USee result, respectively, until both sides were equally clear to the user. This was determined the final USee result.

Plastic lenses matching these RE measurements were snapped into a plastic frame (Vision Spring, New York, NY) and VA was re-measured monocularly and binocularly. This was considered the final SR VA. The plastic frames had an inter-pupillary distance of 64 mm.

Appropriately powered plastic pop-in lenses were unavailable for at least one eye of nine subjects. For those eyes, SE and VA determined by USee post-duochrome were used as the final measurements.

Finally, inter-pupillary distance was measured using a digital device (Besmic, Zhejiang, China).

MR was performed using a phoropter by a licensed optometrist masked to USee results. VA was measured as described above. The experimental setup was replicated in each optometrist’s office for the measurement of MR.

In order to detect a minimum difference in SE between SR and MR of 0.5 D, with a two-sided significance of 0.05 and a power of 0.8, we required a sample size of 62 subjects.

The primary outcome variable was best corrected VA (BCVA) coded as a binary variable, ≥20/30 vs. 0.5 D in either direction. For the left eye, 73.3% had no difference and 5% had a difference of >0.5 D in either direction.

Subjectively, 95% of subjects thought USee was easy to use, 85% thought the SR correction was better than being uncorrected, 57% thought the SR correction was as good as their current corrective lenses, and 53% rated their vision as “very good” or “excellent” with SR correction (Table 4).

The mean right eye cylinder in those that rated ≤3 in question 3 was 0.71 D, whereas it was 0.65 D in those that scored a 4 or 5 (p = 0.568). Subjective comments by those who gave lower ratings included that their current corrective lenses were sharper and crisper than the pop-in lenses.

Finally, differences in subjects’ inter-pupillary distance were not significantly associated with achieving vision


Natural Vision Correction: Does It Work?

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From the WebMD Archives

For many people, the idea that you can correct your vision naturally — without glasses, contact lenses, drugs, or lasers — is more than a notion. It’s a long-held hope. A lifelong dream.

It’s also a hot topic among eye doctors.

Natural vision correction is the belief that you can improve your vision with eye exercises, relaxation techniques, and an eye massage every now and then. Some people swear by it. Others say it’s nonsense.

There's no proof the technique works, only wishful thinking, says Michael Repka, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology agrees. In a 2013 report, the organization said natural vision correction doesn’t help nearsightedness, farsightedness, or other vision problems caused by disease.

The American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus also found no evidence that vision therapy corrects nearsightedness or keeps it from getting worse. Still, some people insist it does the trick.

Leonard Press is an optometrist in Fair Lawn, NJ. He practices visual therapy. It’s a kind of physical therapy for your eyes and brain. The goal is to develop, heal, or improve how you see. Vision therapy can help certain conditions other than nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Experts believe it may fix convergence insufficiency, for instance. That’s when your eyes have a hard time moving together to focus on an object as it comes closer and closer. It can cause eye strain, double vision, and other problems.

But doctors differ on whether visual therapy can fix other eye problems.

Some people have blurry vision because “their focusing system is focusing too hard,” Press says. Natural vision exercises that tackle the cause of the problem “can make you less dependent on glasses,” he says, but it helps only a small number of people.

In 1920, a doctor named William Bates, MD, wrote a book called Perfect Sight Without Glasses. In it, he questioned whether glasses were the only way to fix a person’s vision. He decided they weren’t and created the Bates Method. It’s a way for people to improve their sight without glasses that’s still used today. But not all eye doctors are sold on the idea.

The question isn’t “Does natural vision correction work?” says Bethesda ophthalmologist Rachel Bishop, MD. She says the real issue is “Why wouldn’t you wear glasses or contacts if they could help you see better right away?”

“For somebody to say, ‘Hmm, I want to put off the need for reading glasses, so I’m just going to strain, and not use reading glasses or distance glasses because I want to train my muscle to be as active as possible …’ If you have enough bandwidth in your life to not have great vision in the meantime … you’re not hurting yourself,” Bishop says.


Michael Repka, MD, ophthalmologist, professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: “Vision Therapy.“

American Optometric Association: “Definition of Optometric Vision Therapy.“

Leonard Press, OD, optometric director, Vision and Learning Center, Fair Lawn, NJ. “Bates Method International.”

Scheiman, M. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, published March 16, 2011.

Rachel J. Bishop, MD, MPH, chief, Consult Services Section, National Eye Institute.

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Baltimore LASIK Eye Surgeon Walter J. Stark, M.D. of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Joins Trusted LASIK Surgeons Directory

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Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) February 20, 2009

Trusted LASIK Surgeons announced today that Walter J. Stark, M.D., of the Wilmer Laser Vision Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland is listed in the Trusted LASIK Surgeons Directory, an informational resource for consumers looking to improve their vision through laser eye surgery or another refractive eye surgery procedure. Dr.

Stark's practice primarily serves patients seeking improve uncorrected visual acuity through LASIK and laser eye surgery in Baltimore, Arlington, Columbia, Rockville and Washington, D.C. areas. Dr.

Stark also treats patients seeking LASIK and other vision correction procedures throughout Maryland, as well as surrounding states and international countries.

Trusted LASIK Surgeons directory endeavors to list only those LASIK eye surgeons who are among the best in the United States.

To accomplish this, Trusted LASIK Surgeons screens each eye surgeon experience, premier patient care, and professional credentials. Trusted LASIK Surgeons estimates that Dr.

Stark's outstanding professional credentials place him among the top 1% of LASIK and refractive surgeons in the United States.

The most significant professional qualifications that set Dr. Stark apart from the majority of LASIK eye surgeons in the United States are his extensive research, teaching and consulting expertise. Dr.

Stark serves as a Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Stark-Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases of The Wilmer Eye Institute Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, which is repeatedly ranked as the top eye care center in the nation in surveys by U.S. News & World Report and Ophthalmology Times.

He has served as a principal investigator for 1 FDA study for vision correction lasers, has written 10 textbook chapters and textbooks, and has published over 400 scientific articles for major peer-reviewed eye journals. In addition, he serves in an editorial capacity for Ophthalmology Times and Ophthalmology World News. Dr.

Stark has made over 400 presentations at major eye meetings throughout the world. He was the former chairman and is currently a consultant for the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Ophthalmologic Devices Panel.

He is also a consultant for the National Eye Institute, as well as many organizations dedicated to improving vision, including the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, Tissue Eye Banks International, Project ORBIS, and the National Foundation for Eye Research among others. His considerable contributions to the field of refractive eye surgery have earned him the respect of his peers throughout the world.

In the course of helping patients improve their vision, Dr. Stark has performed thousands of LASIK eye surgery and laser vision correction procedures. With over 18 years of experience in laser vision surgery, including LASIK, as well as in other refractive surgery procedures such lens implants, Dr. Stark has the proven know-how to provide patients with the best care available.

Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, this highly qualified LASIK eye surgeon is an active member of many professional organizations.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology, where he has served for several years as the Chairman of the Committee for Research and Regulatory Agencies and the Chairman for the Committee for Ophthalmic Technology Development, has honored him with an Achievement Award, a Life Achievement Honor Award, the Binkhorst Medal Lectureship and a Senior Honor Award. In addition, Dr. Stark is a member of the American Medical Association, the Cornea Society (formerly the Castroviejo Society), the International Society for Contact Lens Research, the Microbiology and Immunology Group, Ophthalmic Genetics Study Club, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the Eye Study Club. Locally, he is a member of the Maryland Ophthalmological Society.

Dr. Stark's practice at The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins provides state-of-the-art patient care, including use of the IntraLase system for “All-Laser” or “Bladeless” LASIK, Wavefront Based (“Custom”) LASIK and PRK, and the iLASIK procedure, which includes WaveScan Technology, IntraLase, and Visx Advanced CustomVue treatments. Dr.

Stark treats a full range of vision problems including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism (blurred vision), and presbyopia. Dr.

Stark offers not just LASIK and PRK (laser eye surgery procedures), but other procedures RLE/CLE (lens implants), phakic implants, limbal relaxing incisions, and cataract lens implants procedures to ensure patients have a complete range of options when it comes to choosing the right procedure to improve their vision. Other eye doctors and eye surgeons commonly seek Dr.

Stark to perform their LASIK or other refractive surgery procedure. In addition, new patients who have suffered problems from a LASIK eye surgery or another vision correction procedure performed by another surgeon regularly seek Dr. Stark to manage and treat their problems.

Dr. Stark's most treasured honor was the dedication of the Walter J. Stark, M.D. and Margaret C. Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases.

Margaret Mosher, his long-time patient and friend, made the Center possible through her generous donation.

In addition, he has been recognized as one of Baltimore's “Top Doctors” by Baltimore magazine and one of Washington D.C. “Top Doctors” by Washingtonian magazine.

“Dr. Stark was among the first group of refractive eye surgeons in the world to perform Excimer laser surgery when he was the principle investigator for the VISX FDA Phototherapeutic study in the early 1990's,” said James J. Salz, M.D.

, Chief Executive Officer of Trusted LASIK Surgeons. “He has made major contributions to the field of Excimer laser surgery and cataract surgery techniques through hundreds publications and lectures throughout the world.

We are honored to have him as a member of the Trusted Lasik Surgeons Directory.”

“Providing safe and effective refractive surgery is our goal.

We are more conservative than many refractive surgeons and, therefore, will not offer you the surgery if you are not a good candidate,” said Walter Stark, M.D.

Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Stark-Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases of The Wilmer Eye Institute at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

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To accomplish this, Trusted LASIK Surgeons uses a unique screening process where each prospective LASIK eye surgeon must meet the minimum required qualifications set by Trusted LASIK Surgeons.

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The Wilmer Laser Vision Center

The Wilmer Eye Institute has been performing laser vision correction since the early 1990's and has performed thousands of surgeries to date. Our facilities are state-of-the-art with the most technically advanced equipment designed to make your procedure as safe and efficient as possible.

The Wilmer Laser Vision Center utilizes the iLASIK system which includes the VISX WaveScan Wavefront(tm) System, IntraLase FS(tm) Femtosecond Laser, and the VISX STAR S4 IR(tm) Excimer Laser for our laser vision correction procedures. Our laser vision correction surgeons are members of the Trusted LASIK Surgeons Directory.

The Wilmer Eye Institute is repeatedly ranked as the top eye care center in the nation in surveys by U.S. News & World Report and Ophthalmology Times. The Wilmer Eye Institute has been a leader in laser vision care and has developed some of the earliest lasers for vision care and pioneered laser removal of corneal scars and laser treatment for corneal diseases.

The Wilmer Eye Institute participated in the first clinical trials of laser correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness and wavefront technology and continues to participate in clinical trials for approvals of new advanced excimer laser software and technology. Wilmer is helping to develop the next generation of laser vision correction procedures.

The laser surgeons at The Wilmer Laser Vision Center are full-time faculty members of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Wilmer Eye Institute and are highly trained cornea experts who can help you to understand laser vision correction and its impact on your long-term vision health.

The Wilmer Eye Institute trains more eye experts, are entrusted to perform more eye research than any other center and have contributed to amazing advances in eye care. For more information about the Wilmer Laser Vision Center, please visit:

The Wilmer Laser Vision Center at Green Spring Station 10753 Falls Road, Pavilion II, Suite 455 Lutherville, MD 21093 phone: 410-583-2802

fax:     410-583-2842

The Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 600 N. Wolfe Street Baltimore, MD, 21287 phone: (410) 955-5490

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About Wilmer Eye Institute

The Wilmer Eye Institute has long been recognized for bringing together ophthalmologists consistently ranked by their peers as among the finest internationally, with a specially trained and highly experienced team of nurses cited by patients for their knowledge, responsiveness, and sensitivity.

Working together, they have established and refined a flexible approach for delivering state-of-the-art ophthalmic care – and created the Wilmer Eye Care Pavilion as the optimal setting for that approach. We welcome you to visit us. For more information about the Wilmer Eye Institute, please visit: http://www.

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Dental, Vision & Special Services | Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan

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Our military community deserves the best. At Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan we are always looking for new programs and services that will positively impact your health. As a USFHP member you get access to these programs at a discounted rate. Take advantage of these opportunities today!

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Note: diagnosis and treatment of eye disease is covered in the same manner as any other medical specialty care and requires a referral from your primary care provider (PCP).

Non-covered services:

  • Corrective lenses, frames, contact lenses and contact lens fittings are not covered.
  • Corrective vision surgery is not covered [e.g., laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), radial keratotomy, photo refractive keratectomy (PRK), etc.].

Vision discounts:

  • 20% discount on any pair of lenses and frames
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  • $400 discount on laser vision correction services on both eyes when performed by a member of the full-time faculty of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute
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To request an appointment or to get more information about the Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Green Spring Station, call 410-955-4985.

TRICARE offers a special program, the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO), to provide financial assistance for qualifying military beneficiaries who have been diagnosed with moderate or severe intellectual disability, a serious physical disability, or an extraordinary physical or psychological condition.

Some examples of qualifying conditions include:

  • Diagnosis of a neuromuscular developmental condition or other condition in an infant or toddler expected to precede a diagnosis of moderate or severe mental retardation or serious physical disability
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The ECHO program’s coverage includes:

  • Assistive services (e.g., those from a qualified interpreter or translator)
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  • Institutional care when a residential environment is required
  • Special education
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  • ECHO benefits, services, and supplies are not available through the basic Johns Hopkins USFHP. All ECHO services require pre-authorization through Johns Hopkins USFHP Care Management.

To enroll in the ECHO program, you must currently be a member of Johns Hopkins USFHP, be enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) of their branch of service, and provide medical documentation that a qualifying condition exists. USFHP will grant provisional ECHO enrollment (for 90 days) while the sponsor completes the EFMP forms.  Upon receipt of the application and documentation, members will receive a decision letter with their eligibility status.

For general questions, potential ECHO enrollees or family members may call Johns Hopkins USFHP customer service at 410-424-4528 or 1-800-808-7347. We also have a dedicated ECHO Care Coordinator who can answer more detailed questions regarding the eligibility and enrollment process.

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At Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), we adopt a team approach to taking care of your sight.

Our eye care experts include consultants, technicians and nurses, who are trained to treat a variety of conditions.

We provide a wide range of diagnostic and medical expertise for eye treatments including cornea, retina, glaucoma and pediatric surgeries, as well as a contact lens clinic.

This day surgery is carried out under local anesthetic by our consultant ophthalmologists. You can expect high standards of eye surgical care, and very high success results.

While many people successfully wear regular soft contact lenses to correct their eyesight, you may suffer from decreased vision due to corneal diseases, and require a custom-made soft, hard or hybrid contact lens. If the front part of your eye becomes abnormal either due to a disease or after surgery, these special contact lenses can help improve your eyesight.

Our cornea specialists provide a range of diagnostic and surgical services for various types of corneal diseases, using the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment.

Surgical procedures include treatment of keratoconus, corneal transplantation, pterygium excision and secondary lens placement.

We also fit therapeutic contact lenses for eye diseases that cannot be corrected with simple glasses prescriptions or soft contact lenses.

This is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Our experts diagnose various forms of glaucoma, and provide medical and surgical treatment.

Our uveitis specialist provides diagnostic and therapeutic care if you are dealing with this inflammatory eye disease.

Our medical retina experts treat a wide range of conditions that affect the retina (the light-sensitive film at the back of the eye), such as diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusions. We use advanced retinal imaging technologies for accurate and speedy diagnosis, and our comprehensive range of eye treatments includes eye drops, laser therapy and injections into the eye.

Our retina surgeon treats a variety of problems, including retinal detachment, macular holes, retinal membranes, diabetic retina diseases, and hemorrhages inside the eye. Treatments include the use of laser probes and micro-instruments by trans-conjunctival sutureless surgery.

Many children have eye disorders, and the vast majority are treatable. Early diagnosis is essential to prevent them from impacting on the child’s quality of life and performance at school. We treat the following pediatric conditions:

  • Blockage of the tear passages (nasolacrimal duct obstruction) – this blockage, which prevents tears from running, is relatively common and usually disappears within a year as the child grows. We recommend massaging the inner corner of the eyelid regularly, but may open the tear passage with a quick procedure for children over a year old
  • Childhood cataracts – cataracts can cause eyesight to be blurry or hazy, a bit trying to look through frosted glass. Some babies are born with cataracts, and some develop them in the first six months of their life. Treatment can involve surgery to remove the cloudy lens (or lenses), followed by the long-term use of glasses or contact lenses 
  • Lazy eye (amblyopia) – affecting around three to five percent of children, this occurs when an eye that is otherwise normal has not received proper stimulation during early childhood. Treatment typically involves correcting any focusing problems with glasses, and then covering the good eye (patching) to force the lazy eye to work
  • Squint (strabismus) – a misalignment of one or both eyes that affects around two percent of children. Treatment may involve the use of glasses, orthoptic therapy or eye muscle surgery
  • Refractive errors – the most common form, short-sightedness (poor distance vision), is usually seen in school-age children and is treated effectively, in most cases, with glasses

We recommend that children have regular eye tests. These can be arranged through your Primary Care Clinic. 

Find out more about our pediatric services

Upon arrival at our Eye Clinic, please head to our reception area, where we will check your contact information and show you our waiting area. A member of our experienced nursing staff will call you into an exam room to ask some questions about your health and the reason for your appointment, and perform some initial tests.

After seeing your specialist, you can return to our reception area to make any necessary follow-up appointments as discussed. Full details will be available on your MyChart account. Do not hesitate to ask questions of any member of our experienced care team.

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