Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital
at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Eye Care Services


Inpatient services

A pediatric ophthalmologist is always available to see patients who are in Children's Hospital. The inpatient consults are done at the request of other pediatric specialists who attend patients in Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Flemmons with patient and mom

Outpatient services

  • Vision evaluation for newborns with a family history of eye disease
  • Evaluation of surgical and non-surgical treatment for eye muscle disorders and double vision
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Treatment of crossed eyes and lazy eye
  • Orthoptic evaluation and treatment
  • Pediatric contact lens fitting
  • Annual eye exams
  • Preschool eye exams

Some of the conditions we treat include:

Amblyopia - This occurs when the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because the eye and the brain are not working together correctly. The eye looks normal, but it is not being used normally because the brain is favoring the other eye. This condition is also called lazy eye.

Strabismus - The abnormal alignment of one or both eyes, such as crossed eyes.

Pediatric cataracts and glaucoma - Cataracts are a condition in which the lens of the eye clouds over, obstructing the passage of light and interfering with vision. Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye is too high, causing damage to the optic nerve.

Retinopathy of prematurity - A disorder of the blood vessels of the retina that is common in premature babies.

Uveitis - Inflammation of the uvea, the pigmented middle of the three layers that make up the eye.

Retinoblastoma - Cancer of the retina.

Tear duct obstruction - A blockage in the tear ducts that keeps tears from draining properly.

Congenital anomalies - Eye abnormalities existing at birth.

Eye infections - caused by bacteria, a virus, or other agents. There are many different types with different causes and treatments.

Neuro-ophthalmologic disorders - Abnormalities related to the relationship between the eye and the central nervous system.

Tumors affecting the visual system - Different types of cancer can affect the eye and vision.

Outreach Program - Tennessee Lions Vision Screening
More than six thousand Tennessee Lions Club members support the outreach component of the Tennessee Lions Eye Center. This support helps us remain committed to the goal of providing quality eye care for children statewide.

Part of this commitment involves a joint effort between the Center and Tennessee Lions Club members known as the Outreach Program. This program helps identify young children with visual problems by providing free vision screening. Early vision screening can detect most problems that cause poor vision in young children.

Trained volunteers from Lions Clubs screen children 1 year through 5 years at preschools, daycare centers, Head Start programs, Mother's day out programs, and Sunday school classes. The children who are screened and have potential eye problems are referred to an ophthalmologist or an optometrist in their local community for a detailed examination.

Last Edited: July 26, 2017
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