Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology

The pediatric ophthalmology division of The Children’s Hospital is one of the few centers giving special attention to diverse ophthalmic needs of children from infancy thru’ adolescence. About 20,000 children with

eye diseases are managed annually. The spacious outpatient clinic is specifically designed to meet the unique ophthalmic and social needs of children. It serves as a referral center for all significant eye diseases. The pediatric care ranges from routine eye examination to very complex diagnosis .The department started as an outdoor unit in 2001 inpatient was started and it moved to its present location on third floor of emergency block in 2007.


The Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology provides high quality eye care to diagnose and treat a wide range of eye disorders in infants, children, and adolescents, with the ultimate goal of preventing vision loss and protecting the health of the eye. These include, among others:

Strabismus clinic
Amblyopia therapy

Cataract clinic: More than 3000 infants with congenital cataract have been operated and managed in the department since 2000.

Infantile and juvenile glaucoma clinic:More then 1000 pts of congenital glaucoma has been managed In the department.

Refractive error (need for glasses, e.g., nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism)

Ptosis management
Infection of the eye and orbit
Hemangioma of the eyelid and orbit
Eye conditions related to a history of prematurity (e.g. Retinopathy of Prematurity)

Surgical treatment of eye disorders and eye misalignment

Many systemic and medical diseases may also affect vision, eye health, and eye alignment. Infants and children with a history of prematurity, certain medical issues, genetic disorders, metabolic disorders, developmental delay, and autism, also routinely obtain eye care in the department. As all pediatric eye surgery uses general anesthesia, we work closely with our pediatric anesthesiologists to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for patients and families.




A survey of infantile esotropia-Children hospital experience – Ophthalmo 2000

Management of nasolacrimal obstruction-ophthalmo 2000

Comparison of irrigation/aspiration alone with Irrigation/aspiration with primary posterior capsulotomy and anterior viterectomy in management of congenital cataract-ophthalmo 2000

YAG capsulotomy in children under general anesthesia—ophthalmo 2001

Endoscopic laser DCR-ophthalmo2001

Management of squint with adjustablesuture technique – ophthalmo 2001

Problems faced after cataract surgery in infants-ophthalmo 2003

Our beautiful children – a study of ocular findings in children with cerebral palsy-AAPO 2006

Currents trends in management of amblyopia-ophthalmo 2007

Disease spectrum in children with proptosis-ophthalmo 2007

Anterior segment developmental anomalies-ophthalmo 2007

Cataract and systemic diseases-ophthalmo 2007

Aniridia- children’s hospital experience-ophthalmo 2007

Ocular findings in children with congenital infections-ophthalmo 2007

Overview of squint –WHO workshop at MAYO Hospital 2005

Management of esotropia-WHO workshop at MAYO Hospital 2006

Management of exotropia-WHO workshop at MAYO Hospital 2006

Eye as a window to systemic disorders-workshop at LRBT hospital 2003

Surgical management of horizontal squint –Ophthalmo 2011

Orbital disease in newborn –Ophthalmo 2010

Congenital ocular malformations – Karopath 2010

Poster presentations

Disease spectrum of proptosis in children – APAO Beijing 2010

Intrauterine ocular infections – APAO Beijing 2010

Eye a window to systemic disease – APAO Beijing 2010


Lectures to in training teachers of special education

Lectures to pediatricians

Lectures to nurses

Lectures to trainee residents CPC at Children’s Hospital

Member of External faculty of College of Allied and Visual Sciences


Awareness of eye care in school children by celebrating World Sight Day and inviting children to participate by holding interschool poster competition

Participation CHAPS (child health awareness programme) at Children’s Hospital Lahore

Retinoblastoma support group:monthly meeting is conducted in the deparment


Comparison of irrigation/ aspiration with irrigation/aspiration accompanied with anterior viterectomy

A survey of children with infantile esotropia

Ocular findings in Down’s syndrome

Disease spectrum in children with proptosis

Refractive errors in children less than five years of ag


Gold medal for best paper –ophthalmo 2000

Third prize for poster presentation-AAPO

Professor Ghulam Qadir Qazi Gold Medal 2008 for significant services in pediatric ophthalmology in Pakistan


To establish an eye bank

To establish Low vision aid center

To increase awareness in general public about eye care

To form a cataract group

To establish a forum for children and parents

Accreditation of the department for second fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology


It is important that most eye problems in infants and children be detected and corrected as early as possible during childhood. Failure to correct these problems at an appropriate time early in life may result permanent visual deficit, eye muscle disorders and possibly even legal blindness. This early attention to child’s ocular problem should eventually permit him or her to have optimal vision and binocularity in early life.


Postal Address:

Department of PeadeatricOphthalmomogy

The Children’s Hospital and The University of Child Health Sciences

Ferozepur Road

Lahore 54000


Telephone: 0092 42 99230901

e.mail: [email protected]

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