Pediatric Ophthalmology & Vision Care

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Care at 6 locations

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 2016, the division offered care and consultations to approximately 17,615 patients and performed 761 surgeries.

We also have Lurie Children's Optical Shop for Children, an in-house optical center that provides specialty frames for kids that are both durable and fashionable. Learn more about the optical shop.


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.


We offer specialized treatment programs for children with certain eye conditions, including:

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

Conditions We Treat

Our pediatric specialists treat many ophthalmologic conditions. 

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If you'd like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS.DOC®) or visit our Appointments page for more information.

Our Specialists

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

Tests & Treatments

Since many eye problems occur at an early age, it is important that your child receives eye examinations and visual screening tests. Vision problems can lead to visual loss, developmental problems and learning disabilities. We provide various visual screenings and eye exams for children


Your support is vital 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 e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500

Our Specialists