Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
Welcome to the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
“Our goals are to promote child eye health and treat eye diseases through excellent clinical care, to create new scientific and clinical knowledge through rigorous research, and to train future generations of health care professionals through our world-class educational programs. We are committed to providing the best care to our children by integrating clinical care with research and education. We are also committed to fostering a multidisciplinary, collaborative, and respectful team environment, so that each team member enjoys opportunities for educational advancement, work satisfaction and personal growth.
I encourage you to browse through our website for a comprehensive overview of our team members, as well as the clinical services, research activities and education program we offer. Our new Departmental Report offers even more information on our initiatives and achievements.
If you have any suggestions or would like to support us, please do not hesitate to contact us.”
Dr. Agnes Wong, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief
Our clinical program is one of the world’s largest with over 20,000 patients seen per year. We are a major referral centre for patients with eye problems who are under the age of 18. We are the only center in Canada that offers comprehensive paediatric ophthalmology service covering all subspecialties, including glaucoma, cataract, corneal diseases and transplantation, neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus, oculoplastics, retinoblastoma, retinopathy of prematurity, retina and ocular genetics.
We are a key participant in numerous important multidisciplinary/inter-departmental clinics within SickKids including uveitis/idiopathic rheumatoid arthritis, neurofibromatosis, cleft palate, craniofacial abnormalities, Marfan syndrome, brain tumors and epidermolysis bullosa.
The department is the provincial and national resource for providing the most complex and specialized eye care for children, including advanced surgical interventions. Many of our physicians have formal training in multiple disciplines and are world-leaders in their fields. Our clinical program is supported by a dedicated and experienced professional team, including nurses, orthoptists, genetic counselors, ophthalmic imaging specialists, social workers, administrators, ophthalmic assistants, electrophysiology technologists, patient care information coordinators and patient information clerks. Read more about our acclaimed research and educational programs as well.
We have five major areas of clinical activities:
This program deals with all forms of genetically-determined or inherited eye disease. Inherited eye disorders are the leading causes of blindness in childhood. Read more.
This program deals with retinoblastoma, the leading cause of ocular malignancy in childhood. Our retinoblastoma team provides service to 100 per cent of children with retinoblastoma in Ontario, as well as Alberta and Manitoba. Read more.
This program integrates the various clinical subspecialties involved in the investigation of normal and abnormal vision development. Read more.
Ocular Reconstruction Program
This program integrates the various clinical subspecialties of glaucoma, cataract, corneal diseases and transplantation, oculoplastic and retina. It focuses on surgical innovation. Read more.
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding disease in infants born prematurely. Timely treatment is critical to reduce the risk of permanent blindness. Read more.