Ophthalmology (eye diseases and disorders)

What is ophthalmology?

Ophthalmology deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. 

Related conditions include strabismus (ocular misalignment), cataracts, blocked tear ducts, eye movement disorders, eye tumours and glaucoma.

How do we help children who have eye-related disorders?

The Sydney Children's Hospital Network provides specialised tertiary/quaternary ophthalmic services for children in NSW.

The Department of Ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital Westmead (CHW) provides tertiary services for the state of NSW. 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 and specialised testing including electrophysiology and visual field assessment.

The Sydney Children’s Hospital's (SCH) Ophthalmology DServices department offers an identical service which is also a shared service with the neighbouring adult hospitals Prince of Wales Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women. Registrars are shared with the Sydney Eye Hospital and the Prince of Wales Hospital.