CHEO Telethon

In the last decade, the care provided in the Department of Ophthalmology has expanded significantly. From a department of two physicians and one orthoptist, the team has grown to include the expertise of five physicians, two orthoptists and three specialized support staff. The subspecialized eye care includes advanced surgical glaucoma management, advanced anterior segment and retino-vitreous surgeries, pediatric oculoplastics and uveitis, and greater coverage of general pediatric ophthalmology. All of these additional services were being provided within the same space configuration that the original Department of Ophthalmology had occupied since CHEO opened its doors in 1974.

Extensive planning has gone into the renovation of Ophthalmology’s space. Within the same footprint, the department has gone from having five outdated examination spaces to having seven state-of-the-art examination spaces, equipped with technologically advanced equipment. Each examination room includes adapted visual acuity targets, biomicroscopes and specialized instruments for glaucoma detection.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, CHEO now has the capacity to do more tests than ever before. Until now, CHEO had to rely on our adult care partners for visual field testing of children with glaucoma, which meant additional visits to the hospital requiring families to plan and schedule. CHEO now has a visual field analyzer, significantly improving our ability to connect families to the ophthalmic care they need in a timely fashion. In order to care for a greater number of children, CHEO was also thrilled to acquire a non-mydriatic fundus camera. These donor-funded technologies will help CHEO treat children affected by eye disease and prevent them from heading on a path to eventual blindness.