The Paediatric Ophthalmology Unit at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital sits within the Ophthalmology Department and is tasked with specialist care of eye conditions affecting paediatric patients. It is made up of three ophthalmologists with specific training in paediatric eye pathology: Dr Silvia Alarcón Portabella, Dr Nieves Martín Begué and Dr Charlotte Wolley Dod.
In this Unit, we deal with all ocular pathology affecting children, from birth to 16 years old. We collaborate closely with the Ophthalmology Department at the General Hospital and are also in contact with other paediatric units, in order to establish common strategies in cases of systemic diseases affecting the eyes (juvenile idiopathic arthritis, intracranial hypertension, neurofibromatosis, etc.).
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Some of the pathologies that we diagnose, monitor or treat most frequently are:
- Refractive errors and optical correction (glasses, contact lenses...)
- Tear duct pathology
- Orbital and eyelid pathology
- Ocular surface issues
- Paediatric cataract
- Eye inflammation
- Retinopathy in premature babies and other retina conditions
- Intraocular tumours
- Paediatric neuro-ophthalmology (pathology of the optic nerve and visual pathway)
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