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Eye tests and treatments
Your child’s healthy vision is our mission. Our Eye Program provides accurate diagnoses and treatments for a wide range of childhood eye conditions.
The difference between optometry and ophthalmology
While both optometry and ophthalmology concern eye health, there is a difference between the two.
Optometry focuses on vision care. Optometrists specialize in the prescription and fitting of glasses and contact lenses. Optometrists can diagnose and treat many eye conditions. Our optometrists have completed an optometry residency.
Ophthalmology focuses on eye health. Ophthalmologists specialize in eye health and the biology of vision. Our ophthalmologists have had at least three years in a hospital-based residency, have completed a two year pediatric ophthalmology fellowship and have established expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of eye conditions.
The services we offer include:
- Vision tests for children of all ages with optometry services
- Treatment of eye injuries
- Comprehensive optometry and ophthalmology services
- Ophthalmic genetics
- Amblyopia and motility clinics
- Rehabilitation services
Comprehensive optometry and ophthalmology services
The tests we perform at Children’s provide a complete view of your child’s eyesight. We also evaluate the overall health of your child’s eyes. In the exam, we check visual acuity and thoroughly examine your child for glaucoma, cataracts and other eye conditions. We also check for color blindness and visual tracking issues.
Read more about visual screening and eye examinations
Eye glasses and contacts lenses
If your child does not see well, we may recommend glasses or contacts to help improve his or her vision. Glasses have specially designed lenses that will correct your child’s vision. Whether myopic (near-sighted) or hyperopic (far-sighted), we will find the best prescription for your child.
If you or your child are interested in contact lenses as an alternate solution, we will discuss the pros and cons of contacts and help you make the best decision for your child.
Read more about eye glasses and contact lenses
Amblyopia and motility clinics
We work closely with rehabilitation services such as Vision Forward and Milwaukee County’s Birth to 3 Program. Through their services, children who are blind or visually impaired learn how to make the most of their remaining vision to maximize their level of independence.
Read more about Vision Forward
Read more about Milwaukee County’s Birth to 3 Program