Ophthalmology:

Contact Us:

3V2 Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital

Phone: 905-521-2100 x. 72400, Fax: 905-521-2332

Introduction to the Clinic:

The Hogarth Family and Pioneer Energy Ophthalmology Centre, at McMaster Children’s Hospital , is dedicated to providing the best care for all. Our mission is to provide excellent eye and health care for the people and communities we serve. The clinic brings together experts from specialities including Pediatrics, Retinal, Glaucoma, and Oculoplastics. We are a part of the cohesive unit of McMaster Children’s Hospital and provide services for inpatients and outpatients as well as using telecommunications in satellites to serve a greater area. Our multidisciplinary approach helps us provide the best practices to care for our patients and manage acute care as well as continue with long term follow-up.

What Services Do We Provide?

Meeting the special eye care needs of children, the clinic is comprised of specialists and subspecialists. In addition to physician specialists, there are certified Orthopists who provide precise strabismus evaluation and oversee therapy of certain conditions. Adult patients with strabismus are also treated by the pediatric team. Staff certified in ophthalmic assisting provide assistance to the physicians and care to all patients.  

Services provided include, but are not limited to, the following:

Conditions We Treat:

Conditions treated include, but are not limited to, the following:

Allergies – red, watery, itchy eyes

Albinism (ocular) – genetic condition featuring absence of pigmentation in the eyes

Amblyopia – poor vision in one or both eyes

Astigmatism – a refractive error requiring spectacle correction

Blepharitis – swelling of the eyelids

Blocked tear ducts – poor drainage of the tears

Cataract – cloudiness of the lens inside the eye

Cellulitis – infection and swelling around the eye and orbit

Chalazion and stye – a bump on the eyelid

Colobomas – incomplete development of the lid, iris and retina

Conjunctivitis – commonly referred to as pink eye, it’s an infection or swelling of the eye

Corneal abrasion  – a scratch on the front part of the eye

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) – decreased vision at the brain level

Detached or torn retina – holes or rips on the inside lining of the eye responsible for seeing

Diplopia – double vision

Eye injuries – trauma to the eye

Dry eye – feeling of dryness or ‘sand in the eye’

Floaters and flashes – signs there might be a detached or torn retina

Glaucoma – damage to the optic nerve that occurs from increased pressure in the eyes

Hyperopia – farsightedness, a refractive error requiring spectacle correction

Inherited diseases and those relating to other diseases:– neurologic, metabolic, endocrine (diabetic)

Myopia – nearsightedness, a refractive error requiring spectacle correction

Nystagmus – a rapid oscillation of the eyes

Optic Nerve anomalies – any structural change in the nerve responsible for transferring the information from the eye to the brain

Ptosis – droopy eyelid

Retinoblastoma and other eye cancers – tumors affecting the eye

Strabismus – misaligned eyes

Uveitis/iritis – inflammation of the middle part of the eye (the uvea)

Vitreous diseases – disorders in the clear gel that fills the eye

Clinic Location:

The hospital is located at 1200 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5.

3V2 Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital

3rd Floor, yellow section

Hospital Map

What Happens When We Arrive?

When you arrive to the clinic please check in with the Business clerk at the reception desk. The Business Clerk will let the team know that you have arrived.

Referral Process:

Any referrals may be faxed to the clinic as noted on the referral form.

Urgent Referrals:

The clinics are not for emergencies. If your child needs to be seen on an urgent basis, please contact your family doctor or go to your local emergency department.

Clinic Hours:

Monday- Friday

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Changing Your Appointment:

Please contact us as soon as possible, if you need to change or cancel your child's appointment.

Important:

If your child has a communicable disease such as Chicken Pox or has been in contact with someone with Chicken Pox, please call the clinic before you come to the hospital.

What Should You Bring To The Clinic?

Interdisciplinary Team:

Ophthalmologists with:

Ophthalmologist:

The Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has completed extra training in eyes. After achieving a medical degree, the ophthalmologist continues his/ her training for an additional 5 years. After becoming a board certified Ophthalmologist, an additional 1-2 years of studies are completed, in an area of interest, such as pediatrics, glaucoma oculoplastics, retina, etc. The ophthalmologist will interpret the results from  the testing completed by the ophthalmic technician or orthoptist. He/she will do further investigation by looking at the health and anatomy of the eyes through specialized equipment as well as performing a refraction on the eyes to determine if glasses will aid the patient. After the exam, your doctor will discuss the results with you and may refer you to a specialist within the clinic. The doctor will setup your follow-up visits.

Ophthalmic Technician:

Eye care has become an increasingly complex area and the role of the ophthalmic technician has had to grow as well.  The technician’s in our clinic have the ability to operate specialized equipment and perform very precise diagnostic testing on a repeatable basis.  This allows the ophthalmologist to focus their attention directly on patient care.  The ophthalmic technician will take a complete ophthalmic history  and record a reason for the visit, perform such diagnostic tests as lensometry, visual fields, photography of the eye (inside and out), intraocular pressure testing, visual acuity assessment, and may dilate the pupils. All results will be documented in your chart and transferred to the physician for interpretation and explanation.

Orthoptists:

Perform diagnostic evaluations on patients who have disorders of vision and/ or eye alignment or movements. This is done for both children and adults and work as a team member with the physician. Sometimes you will see the Orthoptist in tandem with the physician (on the same day) and other times your visit will only be with the Orthoptist. The Orthoptist will also recommend and implement therapy and non-surgical treatment of the disorders.

Child Life Specialist:

A Child Life Specialist provides psychosocial care to children and youth by helping them:

A Child Life Specialist can, as needed:

Our Philosophy:

Our philosophy is family-centered care. We strive to provide the best care possible.

Resources:

Prevent Blindness America

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

American Association of Pediatric Orthoptists

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Canadian Ophthalmological Society

Seeing Beyond Vision Loss