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Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Vanderbilt Eye Institute's doctors and nurses are highly trained in caring for children's eyes and vision. Our specialized team provides surgery to treat children and teenagers who have cataracts, crossed eyes or intraocular tumors.

In partnership with The Tennessee Lions Club, we also evaluate and treat children who fail routine vision screenings.

Through Project PAVE we provide comprehensive clinical low vision services to children ages 3 to 21 in local education agencies (LEAs) of Tennessee and the Tennessee School for the Blind.

Call (615) 936-1034 for appointments or referral information for our locations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Franklin, Murfreesboro and Hendersonville.

    Conditions We Treat

    We treat all pediatric eye conditions, including:

    Meet Your Care Team

    Sean P. Donahue
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    4.6

    Sean P. DonahueMD, PhD

      Amblyopia, Cross Eyes / Strabismus, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Pediatric Cataract, Pediatric Ocular Tumor, Pediatric Ophthalmology
    Nancy M. Benegas
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    4.5

    Nancy M. BenegasMD

      Amblyopia, Cross Eyes / Strabismus, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Plugged Tear Ducts
    Meghan S. Flemmons
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    4.7

    Meghan S. FlemmonsMD

      Amblyopia, Blurred Vision, Cross Eyes / Strabismus, Detached Retina, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Pediatric Cataract
    Sapna S. Gangaputra
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    4.6

    Sapna S. GangaputraMD, MPH

      Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Uveitis
    Stephanie H. Jian
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    4.8

    Stephanie H. JianOD

      Amblyopia, Blurred Vision, Cross Eyes / Strabismus, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Routine Eye Exam, Glasses, Contact Lens
    Karla J. Johns
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    4.8

    Karla J. JohnsMD

      Amblyopia, Blurred Vision, Cross Eyes / Strabismus, Diabetic Retinopathy, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Routine Eye Exam, Glasses, Contact Lens

    Why Choose Pediatric Ophthalmology at Vanderbilt

    • Expert care

      Vanderbilt's eye care team includes seven doctors fellowship-trained in pediatric ophthalmology and three doctors trained in pediatric optometry. Our team also includes ophthalmology subspecialists with expertise in pediatric retina, glaucoma, uveitis, cornea and oculoplastics. We have the most training of any pediatric eye care team within 200 miles of Middle Tennessee.

    • Convenient care

      Our expertise and convenient locations mean your child receives outstanding care, close to home.

    • Experienced care

      Our doctors perform a high number of eye-muscle surgery to correct strabismus. Your child receives the best possible care before, during and after surgery.

    What to Expect at Your Child's Eye Exam Visit

    Locations (5)

    2311 Pierce Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37232
    Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    4601 Carothers Parkway, Suite 450
    Franklin, TN 37067
    Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    1821 Heritage Park Plaza, Unit 1 & 2
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    1670 West Main Street, Suite 100
    Lebanon, TN 37087
    305 Indian Lake Boulevard, Suite 240
    Hendersonville, TN 37075

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