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What to Expect at Your Child's Eye Care Visit

Outpatient services

  • Treatment of crossed eyes and lazy eye
  • Surgery to correct strabismus (eye muscle surgery)
  • Evaluation of surgical and non-surgical treatment for eye muscle disorders and double vision
  • Vitreoretinal surgery
  • Orthoptic evaluation and treatment
  • Vision evaluation for newborns with a family history of eye disease

Before your visit

We want your visit at Pediatric Ophthalmology to be accurate and productive. Talk with your child before their exam to help them understand why someone will be looking in their eyes. Encourage them to ask questions to help reduce their fears.

Your first visit

Arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork including your address, telephone number, and a close relative’s contact information.

Dilation is still the gold standard for diagnosing some eye diseases and conditions at their earliest stages. Getting eye drops can be challenging for some children. Prepare them by explaining that the drops may sting for a short time. Your child will wait about 30 minutes after getting the drops for the doctor to complete the exam.

All visits

Bring the following items:

  • Copy of the referral to your appointment
  • Your child's insurance card and social security card
  • Method of payment, since co-payment or payment is required at time of visit
  • Any reports from a previous MRIs, CT Scans or other lab tests, if applicable

After your visit

If your child’s eyes were dilated, the dilation may last through the next day. You can see a summary of your child's exam through My Health at Vanderbilt.


After surgery, some children may require hospitalization, particularly if they have multiple medical problems. Children may also need to be admitted to the hospital if they have an acute trauma or injury to their eyes.