Lurie Children’s Division of Ophthalmology provides world-class treatment and care for a full range of pediatric eye disorders, eye trauma and vision problems. The division consists of six board-certified ophthalmologists with fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and one optometrist with interest in pediatric care and low vision. In fiscal year 2012, the division offered care and consultations to more than 9,950 patients and performed more than 700 surgeries.

We offer specialized treatment programs for children with the following conditions:

  • Cataracts
  • Chronic dry eye syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Retinopathy of prematurity

We also have Optical for Children, an in-house optical center. Learn more.


In addition to dedicated in-house staff members, the division includes several part-time subspecialists offering expertise in areas such as preverbal vision testing (TAC), ultrasonography, ophthalmic photography and electroretinogram (ERG) testing. All team members actively engage in clinical research, teaching and the practice of general pediatric ophthalmology.

Our team includes the following specialists:

  • Pediatric ophthalmic plastics consultant
  • Pediatric corneal consultant
  • Pediatric retina consultant
  • Optometrist
  • Certified ophthalmic medical technologist
  • Certified orthoptists
  • Certified ophthalmic assistants


Our multidisciplinary approach to care leads us to work closely with physicians in a variety of other medical specialties since many childhood diseases and disorders often affect vision and the eye. The team collaborates with divisions across the medical center and works closely with longtime affiliates at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Division head Marilyn B. Mets, MD, is Director of the Retinal Electrophysiology Laboratory for Lurie Children’s and Professor of Ophthalmology and Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mets’ special interests include hereditary disorders of the eye, retinal dystrophies and strabismus among other issues. Watch an interview with Dr. Mets about the potential dangers of too much "screen time" on WGN-TV.

The division offers a one-year fellowship program where participants obtain broad clinical, surgical and research experience in areas of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. Review the Feinberg School’s information to learn how to apply.


Our pediatric specialists treat many ophthalmologic conditions such as:

  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Blepharitis
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Cataracts
  • Childhood glaucoma

Learn more about the broad range of services we offer by reading about all of the conditions we treat.

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.


Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.