The Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Nationwide Children’s is dedicated to serving the eye care needs of children of all ages. From standard eye exams to the diagnosis and treatment of complex eye disease, we are physicians and surgeons with the experience and expertise to meet the needs of even our most challenging patients.
Our staff includes pediatric ophthalmologists, a pediatric ophthalmology fellow, optometrists and ophthalmology residents from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, as well as low vision and rehabilitation specialists. Specialty clinics staffed by ophthalmologists and other medical specialists and professionals include glaucoma, retina, oculoplastics, pseudotumor and low vision.
In the state-of-the-art Visual Electrophysiology Laboratory and Clinic, electroretinograms and numerous other tests are offered to children and adults with visual impairments. These tests assess retinal and retino-cortical anomalies and are performed in addition to visual acuity tests for nonverbal children, color tests and contrast sensitivity function tests.
Research is an integral part of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Department’s daily focus. We participate in several multicenter clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health involving a telemedicine approach to screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Additionally, we have been an active, vital member of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group for 20 years.
“The research generated from our Pediatric Pseudotumor Cerebri Clinic has been recognized nationally and internationally in establishing the best approach to manage this disease in children,” says Dr. Bremer.
Other research endeavors include studying nystagmus using functional magnetic resonance imaging, and projects concerning infantile cataracts, fourth cranial nerve palsy and convergence insufficiency. As experts in pediatric cataract surgery, we are also involved in the research to understand the cause of cataracts.