Ophthalmology

Envisioning a Better Life for Children With Eye Disorders

Your child’s eyesight is precious. The ophthalmologists at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health are experts in medical and surgical treatment of eye disorders in children. All faculty members are board certified in ophthalmology and have undergone one or more additional years of AUPO-approved fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology at some of the nation’s leading pediatric health care centers, including Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor Medical Center and Riley/IU Medical Center.

Parents bring their children from throughout Indiana and the United States for diagnosis and treatment at Riley Ophthalmology at IU Health. Faculty members have been recognized by U.S.News & World Report for being amongst the top 1 percent of the nation’s ophthalmologists, as well as Castle-Connolly Top Docs in U.S. and Indianapolis Monthly Top Docs.

The pediatric ophthalmology section offers routine services, such as refractions and eye checkups, as well as sophisticated diagnostic and surgical procedures. Doctors refer their young patients to us with the knowledge that they’ll receive high-quality, child-friendly care.

We also have a full optical shop on site, where you and your child can choose glasses and be fitted for contacts.

Our diagnostic services include:

  • Computed Tomography (CT) scan (an X-ray technology that creates three-dimensional pictures of the inside of the body)
  • Electrophysiology testing including electroretinogram (eye test to measure the retina’s response to light and detect abnormal function)
  • Fundus photography (photographing the interior of the eye)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan (technology that makes pictures of the inside of the body without X-rays)
  • Ocular ultrasound (examining the interior of the eye using sound waves)
  • Visual fields (a test that reveals the extent of peripheral vision)

Our medical, therapeutic and surgical management services include:

  • Amblyopia or “lazy eye” (poor vision caused by poor development of the eye’s ability to collect and transmit visual information to the brain)
  • Botox injections (to control excessive blinking—blepharospasm—and treat eye-muscle disorders)
  • Cataracts (clouding of the lens in the eye)
  • Congenital developmental abnormalities
  • Dermoid and other periocular tumors (noncancerous growths near the eye)
  • Glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve caused by pressure within the eye)
  • Hemangiomas and other vascular tumors (overgrowth of capillaries that results in a raised red bump)
  • Nasolacrimal duct disorders (for example, blocked tear ducts)
  • Ocular and eyelid trauma (injury to the eye)
  • Pediatric glasses and contact lenses (optometrist on staff)
  • Ptosis (droopy eyelids)
  • Reading and learning disorders (caused in part by poor vision)
  • Retinoblastoma and other eye tumors (cancerous and noncancerous growths in the eye)
  • Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP—potentially blinding disorder of the retina in premature infants)
  • Strabismus (all eye muscle and eye misalignment disorders)
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