Preparing for Your Appointment

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Preparing for Your Appointment

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Frequently Asked Questions

UW Health's pediatric eye care services professionals are devoted to the medical and surgical treatment of childhood eye disease and adult strabismus (eye muscle problems).

To make the most of your visit to the Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic, please read below about what you should bring and during your appointment.

Prior Records

If the patient has seen other eye doctors in the past, please arrange to have records from those examinations sent to our clinic prior to your appointment. This is particularly important if eye muscle surgery has been performed. If it is not possible to have records sent to the clinic before your appointment, it is still helpful to bring them with you to your appointment.

If prior imaging studies have been done (CT scan or MRI) related to the problem for which you are coming to our clinic, please arrange to have copies of the scans sent to our clinic in advance of the appointment. Be sure they send copies of the scans themselves and not just the written report. Sending them to us in advance of the appointment allows time for our doctor to review them and consult with our radiologist, if needed.


Bring all glasses to your appointment so our staff can check them.

Contact Lenses

If you usually wear contact lenses, you should wear them to the appointment; however, also bring your glasses. If you want to be fit with contact lenses, or if you are having problems with your current contact lenses, ask the receptionist to also schedule time with our contact lens technician in addition to the eye doctor on the same day as your appointment in our clinic.

Eye Medication 

If you are currently using eye drops or ointment, or have used these medications in the past two weeks, bring them to your appointment.

Misalignment of Eyes

If you observe a misalignment of your child’s eye in photographs, bring sample photographs to the clinic appointment to show the eye doctor.

Canceling an Appointment

Please provide the clinic with at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment so we can offer it to another patient.

Length of Appointments

If this is your first visit to the clinic or is an annual follow-up visit, the examination will include eye drops to dilate your pupils. Please allow two hours for the appointment. Follow-up examinations last between 20 to 60 minutes.