Ophthalmology (eye diseases and disorders) at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

General Enquiries: 02 9845 2270

Appointments: (02) 9845 2261
Fax: (02) 9845 3949
Location: Eye Clinic, Outpatients building, level 3

The Department of Ophthalmology at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead provides tertiary services for children in New South Wales. It encompasses all the aspects in the treatment of ophthalmology, including:

  • General Ophthalmology
  • Amblyopia and strabismus
  • External eye disease
  • Medical and surgical retina
  • Ocular oncology
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Oculo plastic and orbital
  • Genetic and
  • Specialised testing, including electrophysiology and visual field assessment

The Department provides services to patients attending the Emergency Department, consultations on inpatient units and examination of eyes under anaesthesia for children under the care of other teams.

There has been an increase in the complexity of cases – such as retinoblastoma, cataracts, glaucoma and neurophthalmology and genetic eye disease.

Orthoptic Department

The Orthoptic Department offers assessment of visual acuity, visual fields, strabismus, eye movement and binocular function. Specialised visual electrophysiology tests, such as electroretinograms and visually evoked responses are performed as well as fundus photography and paediatric contact lens instruction. Ongoing orthoptic management is offered for children requiring management for conditions such as Amblyopia and strabismus. The Department runs the largest paediatric electrophysiology department in the State.

The Orthoptic Department works closely with the Ophthalmology Department and together these two departments form the Eye Clinic. The Orthoptic Department conducts dedicated orthoptic clinics as well as servicing all Ophthalmology clinics. The two departments work side by side in supporting each other and ensuring patients receive the best possible care.

Eye Clinic

The Eye Clinic is an outpatient service and sees a wide range of patients. Clinics are not typically subspecialised, however consultants who have additional training or experience in a particular condition tend to see the majority of children with this condition. Specific clinics include Ophthalmology and Genetics and a combined Ophthalmology glaucoma clinic. There are eight to nine consultant run clinics each week, as well as 408 orthoptic clinics and electrophysiology clinics.

The Eye Clinic is also involved in running high priority State-wide Eyesight Preschool Screening (StEPS) program clinics. The Children's Hospital at Westmead operates these clinics across three sites – Westmead, Mt Druitt and Campbelltown.

The Clinic has a strict triage process for referrals. The Eye Clinic referral form needs to be filled out and faxed to (02) 9845 3949

The Eye Clinic has a close relationship with many departments across the CHW including:

Location

Level 3

Appointments

Ph: (02) 9845 2525

Consultants

Dr Michael Jones

Dr Craig Donaldson

Assoc Prof John Grigg

Dr Maree Flaherty

Dr Carolyn Catt

Assoc Prof Frank Martin

Dr Carolyn Ross

Dr Neil Rowe

Dr Krishna Tumuluri

Dr Jeremy B Smith

Dr James Smith

Dr Subhashini Kadappu

Dr Stephen Hing

Method of referring

Referring letter to the doctor by name

Clinic function

Investigation, diagnosis and management of paediatric eye conditions

Urgent cases

Ph: (02) 9845 0000 and have eye registrar paged

Special interests or sub-specialty clinics

Consultant

Consultant Subspecialties

Dr Michael Jones

Head of Department

General Paediatric Ophthalmology, Retinoblastoma, Strabismus and Paediatric Cataract

Dr Craig Donaldson

Deputy Head of Department and Fellowship Director

Strabismus, Cataract and Ocular Oncology

Associate Professor John Grigg

Head Discipline of Ophthalmology Sydney University

Director of Electrophysiology and Director of Research

Paediatric Cataract, Glaucoma, Genetic Eye Disease and Visual Electrophysiology

Dr Maree Flaherty

Director of Registrar Training

General Paediatric Ophthalmology, Genetic Eye Disease

Dr Carolyn Catt

Director of Equipment and Fundraising

General Paediatric Ophthalmology, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Strabismus and Cataract

Associate Professor Frank Martin

Strabismus and Amblyopia

Dr Carolyn Ross

Cornea and External Eye Disease

Dr Neil Rowe

General Ophthalmology

Dr Krishna Tumuluri

Eyelid, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery

Dr Jeremy B Smith

Retinopathy of Prematurity, Neonatal Ophthalmology and Paediatric Vitreoretinal Disease

Dr James Smith

Neonatal Ophthalmology, Cataract and Retinopathy of Prematurity

Dr Subhashini (Subha) Kadappu

General Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 

Dr Stephen Hing

StEPS High Priority Referral Clinic