Overview Stony Brook Children’s provides something that few hospitals do: comprehensive medical and surgical eye care for infants, children, and adolescents, as well as access to every ophthalmologic subspecialty. For children with suspected eye problems, evaluation by specialized experts can help target appropriate treatment early and in some cases help prevent vision loss. Pediatric ophthalmologists are specialized eye doctors with medical and surgical expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of children’s eye and vision problems, as well as eye misalignment issues. Stony Brook Children’s is one of the few academic medical centers that not only has a dedicated pediatric ophthalmology department, but also has subspecialists in neuro-ophthalmology, retinal, uveitis, oculoplastics, glaucoma, and corneal diseases. At Stony Brook Children’s, our Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology can address the full spectrum of your child’s eye disorders and vision issues, all in a child-friendly, family-centered environment.
Contact Us: Stony Brook Children’s Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology
Our Team The Pediatric Ophthalmology team includes Dorothy Reynolds, MD, and voluntary faculty, as well as technicians and other support personnel who are experienced in working with children. The department coordinates care and consults with other departments at Stony Brook Children’s—including General Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Hematology/Oncology, ENT, Genetics, Endocrinology, and Neonatology—to identify and treat eye issues associated with medical problems. Dr. Reynolds monitors these children together with the consulting service for complications potentially affecting the eye and vision, and recommends interventions when needed with the goal of preventing vision loss. This allows these patients to receive continuity of care and to remain in the Stony Brook Children’s family.
Meet our physicians: Dorothy Reynolds, MD, Division Chief
The Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology utilizes the most state-of-the-art equipment, including:
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:
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. If surgery is required, it typically is performed at Stony Brook’s outpatient Ambulatory Surgery Center. 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. Surgery can also be performed at the main hospital when appropriate.
Patient Resources The pediatric ophthalmology team works in tandem with other Stony Brook clinics and outreach efforts, such as the Glaucoma Center and Stony Brook’s National Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center, one of only three centers in the country for the treatment of children with Multiple Sclerosis. Patients who use the pediatric ophthalmology services of Stony Brook Children’s have full access to the hospital’s support programming.
Research and Education As an academic medical center, Stony Brook Children’s has the privilege of training the next generation of physicians—something that also brings many benefits to hospital patients including access to the latest protocols and procedures as well as to some of the best minds in medicine. The Stony Brook Ophthalmology Residency is a fully accredited training program. The ophthalmology residents spend part of the time working on the pediatric ophthalmology service during their clinical and surgical rotations. Dr. Reynolds is also actively involved in educating medical students, residents and fellows at Stony Brook University Medical Center through lectures and seminars, as well as clinical rotations. The Department of Ophthalmology regularly offers Grand Rounds that are widely attended by ophthalmologists in the community and Suffolk County.
Advances and Recognition The Department and laboratories used are fully accredited and all staff physicians are board certified.