The Vision Center - Ophthalmology

The Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is an international referral center for children with complex eye diseases and is the only program of its kind in the United States with expertise in virtually every pediatric ophthalmologic subspecialty.

Working in six separate institutes, its physician-scientists are helping children to see every day through the latest medical and surgical treatments, as well as cutting-edge research that will change the lives of families across the globe.

About The Vision Center

We are an international referral center known for friendly environment for children with all forms of eye disease.

We are the only program in the nation with expertise in virtually every pediatric ophthalmologic subspecialty.

Through our use of the latest medical diagnostic protocols, surgical treatments, and cutting-edge research, we treat a range of complex eye diseases in infants to young adults.

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  • Commonly Treated Conditions
  • Programs and Institutes
  • In the News
  • Research

Eye Health Guide

Learn all about the eye and access resources that will help you keep your child's eyes healthy now and for years to come.

Know the Glow

By sharing these stories virtually, The Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is leveraging the power of e-mail and social networks to empower parents with information they can use while looking through their child's photos. Learn More

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Our Patients' Stories

An entire issue of our hospital's Imagine Magazine is filled with stories of patients treated by The Vision Center, an international referral center known for a friendly environment for children with all forms of eye diseases. Download Imagine Magazine

Physicians provide consultations and care management for pediatric ophthalmology conditions listed below. Physician expertise is divided by the Institutes of The Vision Center.

The Retina Program

  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Coats Disease
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Hereditary Retinal Degeneration

The Cornea Program

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Peter's Anomaly
  • Anisometropia
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Corneal Transplants

The Eye Birth Defects Program

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
  • Coloboma
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
  • Septo-Optic Dysplasia
  • Aniridia
  • Morning Glory Syndrome

The Orbit and Eye Movement Program

  • Strabismus
  • Esotropia
  • Hypertropia
  • Hypotropia
  • Amblyopia
  • Pseudostrabismus
  • Extraocular Muscles
  • Convergence Insufficiency
  • Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction
  • Adult Strabismus

The Vision Development Program

  • Strabismus
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Amblyopia
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Myopia
  • Hypermetropia
  • Astigmatism
  • Anisometropia
  • Presbyopia

The Eye Technology Program

  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • Intracranial Pressure Monitor
  • Preferential Looking Test

Our physicians are making news in Southern California and beyond. Below are links to the latest news outlets carrying our stories.

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News Stories

Pasadena Magazine
The Masterminds: Dr. A. Linn Murphree is the Visionary Inventor
January 2011

Pasadena Star Magazine
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Opens Outpatient Center in Arcadia
November 16, 2010

Parents Magazine
Summer Eye Soothers
August 2010

Fox News
Treating Children's Cataracts
April 15, 2010

Ocular Surgery News
Episcleral Drug Reservoir Poised to Enter Phase I/II Clinical Trials
October 10, 2009

Medical Device Daily
A Tiny Silicone Cup Improves Drug Delivery for Eye Diseases
August 5, 2009

DOTmed News
Experimental Silicone Cup:  Breakthrough for Eye Disease Patients
August 13, 2009

Health-e Blog
When the Visit Gets Tough, Getting Your Child Through Doctors Appointments
June 10, 2010

Eye Exams:  What to Expect
June 1, 2009

Early Detection and Treatment is Key for Cross Eyes
March 3, 2009

Ocular Surgery News
Surgeon calls for retina specialists to become advocates for Retinopathy of Prematurity patients
January 23, 2009

Doheny View
Fall/Winter 2008
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La Canada Flintridge Outlook
Local Doctor Focuses on Children's Vision
October 2, 2008

Health Forum Feature on Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH)
April 12, 2008

National Public Radio
Doctor: China's Stem-Cell Therapy for Kids is Risky
March 19, 2008

Ocular Surgery News
Physician explains challenges of diagnosing retinoblastoma
November 15, 2007

Support Our Research

If you are interested in any Vision Center research initiatives, we would be glad to discuss our passions and findings with you.

We value the breakthroughs that have resulted in the work of our research-physicians and look forward to sharing our mission.

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Cornea Institute Research

At the Cornea Institute, we pursue an energetic research agenda designed to benefit children with a wide range of corneal disorders and advance the state of knowledge in this field.

For Cornea related published research, visit the bio for Bibiana Jin Reiser, MD. 

Eye Birth Defects Institute Research

The Eye Birth Defects Institute treats and studies congenital diseases that result in anatomic abnormalities of the eye and optic nerve. It is conducting the largest clinical study in the world to determine outcomes and risk factors involved with optic nerve hypoplasia.

For Eye Birth Defects published research, visit the bios for:

Eye Technology Institute Research

In collaboration with the world-renowned Jet Propulsion Laboratory and The California Institute of Technology, we endow the utmost reliable resources possible for pediatric eye care and unite with award winning technology specialists and researchers.

For Eye Technology published research, visit the bio for Mark S. Borchert, MD.

Orbit & Eye Movement Institute Research

The Orbit & Eye Movement Institute is dedicated to studying the most effective methods for detecting ocular and muscle conditions, such as the usefulness of red reflex testing, to find eye disease in children. 

For Orbit & Eye Movement published research, visit the bio for Angela N. Buffenn, MD, MPH.

Retina Institute Research

Our commitment to research in the Retina Institute has led to the development of new knowledge about complex retinal diseases and solutions for the children affected by them.

For Retina published research, visit the bio for:

Vision Development Research

The Vision Development Institute is dedicated to helping children with conditions that affect the normal development of vision by studying interactions between both eyes at the level of the brain’s visual areas and in finding better ways to recognize which children are at greatest risk for future vision problems.

To find research published by our team members, visit the bio of Kristina Tarczy-Hornoch, MD, DPhil.