Pediatric Ophthalmology

Welcome to our Pediatric Ophthalmology department. Our pediatric eye specialist, Dr. Denise Chamblee, cares for children with a full range of eye and vision problems. She posses the skills and  special techniques required for the examination of children and in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular motility problems.

Dr. Chamblee received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She received intern training at the University of Oklahoma, where she also completed her residency in Ophthalmology. Dr. Chamblee completed additional fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. with  the “Father of Pediatric Ophthalmology,” Dr. Marshall Parks.

What is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist? 

Pediatric ophthalmologists are medical and surgical doctors who specialize in the eye care of children. Our Pediatric Ophthalmology team specializes in children’s eye diseases, and their visual development & care. Pediatric ophthalmologist have additional experience and expertise in examining children and the greatest knowledge of possible conditions that affect the pediatric patient.

Our doctors are trained to:

  • Focus on the development of the visual system & the various diseases that disrupt visual development in children.
  • Manage children’s eye problems using glasses & medication
  • Diagnose & Treat various ocular diseases that affect children.
  • Perform necessary eye surgeries

A pediatric ophthalmologists can diagnose, treat, and manage all children’s eye problems. Pediatric ophthalmologists generally provide the following services:

  • Vision assessment-  Our doctors have the particular skills needed to test a child’s eyesight, especially in the pre-school child. Different methods are used for different ages.
  • Determination of refractive error (the need for and strength of glasses) – this testing is performed after dilation in most pediatric patients to get an objective measurement.
  • Motility examinations-  These tests are for finding quantitative measurement of ocular misalignment necessary for planning medical and surgical management of strabismus.
  • Biomicroscopy and dilated fundus examinations- to investigate the presence of eye disease associated with systemic disease (diabetes, JIA, genetic abnormalities, neurological pathology or ocular disease (e.g. cataracts, glaucoma).
  • Examination under anesthesia (EUA)- for diagnostic and/or therapeutic intervention.
  • Monitor diseases over time and assess the efficacy of treatment.

It is important to check children’s vision when they are first born and again during infancy, preschool and school years. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus recommend the following exams:

  • Newborn – An ophthalmologist or other trained health professional should examine a newborn baby’s eyes and perform a red reflex test, a basic indicator that the eyes are normal. An Eye M.D. should perform a comprehensive exam if the baby is premature or at high risk for medical problems for other reasons, has signs of abnormalities, or has a family history of serious vision disorders in childhood.
  • Infant – A second screening for eye health should be done by an ophthalmologist or other trained health professional at a well-child exam between six months and the first birthday.
  • Preschooler – Between the ages of 3 and 3½, a child’s vision and eye alignment should be assessed by an ophthalmologist or person trained in vision assessment of preschool children.
  • School age – Upon entering school, children’s eyes should be screened for visual acuity and alignment by an ophthalmologist, optometrist, or person trained in vision assessment of school-aged children. Nearsightedness (myopia) is the most common refractive error in this age group and can be corrected with eyeglasses. If an alignment problem or other eye health issues is suspected, the child should have a comprehensive exam by an Eye M.D

Helpful Resources
If you are interested in learning more, please visit the following websites,
Children’s Eye Foundation
Get Smart
Frequently Asked Questions about Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

We strive to provide excellence in patient care in a comfortable and personal manner.  We stress that early detection is the best prevention against most childhood eye diseases.

Common Childhood eye diseases


  • Esotropia (Crossed Eyes): A type of strabismus or eye misalignment, where the eyes are “crossed”. While one eye looks straight ahead, the other eye is turned in toward the nose. This deviation of the eyes can begin in infancy or later in childhood.
  • Accommodative Esotropia: This misalignment of the eyes is caused by farsightedness. In most cases, this can be corrected by wearing appropriate farsighted glasses.
  • Exotropia: Refers to an outward deviation of the eyes.
  • Hypertropia: A vertical misalignment of the eyes.

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