Comprehensive Eye Care for Young Patients
The multispecialty team at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Center for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus treats a wide range of pediatric eye conditions and diseases, from the routine to the complex, and brings experience in eye motility problems seen at all ages. Our team offers advanced diagnostics and treatment, cutting-edge technology and research, and patient-centered eye care.
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Why Choose UH?
The eye is a complex organ, and the visual process is affected by many factors and diseases. It is important to seek a specialized, experienced team to care for problems related to your child’s eyes and vision. Working together with the adult eye experts at University Hospitals Eye Institute, the pediatric ophthalmologists, optometrists and other specialists form a unified team to provide the full spectrum of treatment for eye- and vision-related problems in children.
As a regional referral center for complex trauma and pediatric eye diseases, we are able to care for nearly all patients right within our department, without the need for outside referrals. Additionally, we routinely treat out-of-state and international patients who need specialized care for complex or rare diseases.
Multidisciplinary Team for Complex Care
Our team works closely with other pediatric and adult specialists to diagnose and treat eye diseases and conditions that require complex multidisciplinary care, including craniofacial disorders, orbital tumors, genetic disorders, vascular anomalies, inflammatory diseases, and systemic conditions and medications.
Innovators in Ophthalmic Research
Our team collaborates with other UH departments and outside institutions to develop and refine new innovative technologies and techniques for treating pediatric eye diseases. We currently have research projects in progress encompassing almost all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology.
Training Tomorrow’s Leaders in Pediatric Eye Care
We are dedicated to training the next generation of pediatric eye experts with our residency and fellowship programs. Our experts have developed innovative teaching methods that have been incorporated into leading national and global ophthalmology organizations.
Conditions, Treatments and Services
The pediatric eye care specialists at UH Rainbow provide complete diagnostics, medical and surgical care for the full spectrum of pediatric eye conditions. This include conditions such as childhood glaucoma, strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), pediatric cataracts, retinopathy of prematurity and pediatric eye trauma. We also provide routine comprehensive vision care and medical management through our dedicated pediatric optometry team.View All Pediatric Eye Conditions
Our pediatric optometry team provides comprehensive vision care and co-management of pediatric eye diseases. We provide both routine and medical eye exams as well as follow-up care for post-surgical patients. Some of our areas of special interest include juvenile myopia (nearsightedness) management and progression prevention efforts, contact lens fittings and training, and vision care for children with special needs.Learn more
Pediatric Ophthalmology Team
Our team believes in comprehensive and collaborative care for our patients, keeping patients always in the center of every effort. We are a multispecialty team made up of highly trained individuals dedicated to pediatric eye care. Our specialists include double-fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologists and a pediatric fellowship-trained optometrist. We also work alongside experts in other pediatric specialties to provide comprehensive care for conditions and diseases that affect the eye. This includes experts in, but not limited to, neonatology, craniofacial/plastic surgery, dermatology, developmental behavioral pediatrics, hematology/oncology, pulmonology, vascular disease, rheumatology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and more.Our Team
The eye is a complex organ. Therefore, specialized devices and equipment is needed to assess, diagnose and treat all the different parts of the eye. At UH Rainbow, we utilize cutting-edge technology – including 3-D ocular ultrasonography (invented and only available at UH Rainbow worldwide), optical coherence tomography (OCT), wide field photography, angiography, ICG photography, red free photography, and electrophysiology – to diagnose and treat eye diseases. With our Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering partnership, we develop and utilize artificial intelligence algorithms to understand disease trends and demographics in various problems.
Leading the Way in Pediatric Eye Disease ResearchThe experts at UH Rainbow are at the forefront of pediatric ophthalmology research. Under the leadership of Faruk H. Örge MD, FAAO, FAAP, the team is currently running research projects regarding almost all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology, including retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), glaucoma, amblyopia, microsurgery, cataract, strabismus, nystagmus, genetic conditions, lid trauma, sedation, wound healing, and myopia. We also have offered many multicenter clinical trials that give our patients access to novel drugs, devices and therapies not available at other regional facilities. Our research and clinical trials have been funded by a variety of organizations, including National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute, the Cleveland Foundation, Rainbow research awards and pharmaceutical companies (Regeneron, Alcon, Bausch and Lomb, Novartis, OPHTHEC, ORA).
The team has led collaborative research with NASA, Case Western Reserve University Department of Engineering, the University of Akron, Purdue University, and three outside engineering consulting companies. Collectively, the division has initiated patents for a novel glaucoma device, 3-D ultrasound biomicroscopy and 3-D ultrasonography, as well as filed several patents on drug delivery, eye imaging, wound healing, examination tools and other therapeutic technology.
The team continues to conduct research incorporating surgical and clinical databases, artificial intelligence, novel patient tracking/communication platforms regionally, nationally and internationally.
UH Rainbow is recognized as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), reserved for hospitals that meet the highest standards for quality care, safety, staffing, training, data collection and infrastructure. This quality indicator means that we are focused to prevent complications, hold down costs and improve patient outcomes.