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SJD Barcelona Children´s Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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Un niño y su madre durante una exploración de oftalmología infantil en el Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona

We are a benchmark Hospital on national and international levels in the diagnosis and treatment of children with vision problems.

In the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's Ophthalmology Department we diagnose and treat children with vision problems, whatever the complexity. 

We provide care with the highest level of sub-specialisation for all conditions which can affect the different parts of the eye: retina, pupil, eyelid, eyeball, lachrymal gland, optic nerve, musculature, etc.

Accreditations

We possess eight CSUR accreditations from the Spanish Ministry of Health, making us a benchmark centre on a national level in the treatment of:

  • Congenital glaucoma and infantile glaucoma.
  • Penetrating keratoplasty in children.
  • Extraocular and intraocular tumours in children.
  • Orbital tumours.
  • Congenital alterations of ocular development (alterations of the eyeball and eyelids).
  • Pediatric vitreoretinal surgery.
  • Complex cataract in children 
  • Hereditary retinal dystrophies

Why SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

Our wide-ranging experience

SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital treats more children with eye problems than any other centre in Spain.

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Non-invasive technology adapted for children

We have unique human and technical resources to examine and treat children's eyes in the least invasive and most appropriate way possible.

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Innovative complementary examination technology

We have cutting-edge complementary examination technology that adapts to the characteristics of the pediatric patient.

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Specialties and services

Related Units

Pathologies we treat

Rare eye diseases
Paediatric cataract
Congenital glaucoma
Ocular oncology
Amblyopia (lazy eye)
Strabismus (cross- or wall-eye)
Lachrymal and palpebral problems
Corneal diseases
Retinopathy of prematurity
Uveitis
Microphthalmia
Neuro-ophthalmology and psycho-ophthalmology
Low vision

Treatments we offer

Plastic surgery of the eye and eye socket
Orthoptics
Vitreoretinal surgery
Low vision and infant rehabilitation

Treatments (not covered by public health)

Contact lenses

Tests (not covered by public health)

Ophthalmology check-ups
Study of possible low vision

Our professionals

Our hospital provides one of the highest levels of sub-specialisation in the areas of paediatric ophthalmology worldwide

Maria Isabel Ayet Roger
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Marina Barraso Rodrigo
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Ester Casas Gimeno
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Jesús Díaz Cascajosa
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Elisabet Fuster Galbany
Pediatric nurse
Anna Llorca Cardeñosa
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Núria Planas Domenech
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Gemma Romeu Cerrillo
Paediatric ophthalmologist

Research

The Paediatric Ophthalmology Department makes research in the following areas:

  • Ocular motility disorders in schizophrenia.
  • Pupillography in optic nerve tumours and intracranial hypertension.
  • Propranolol dose in the treatment of infantile periocular haemangioma.
  • Effectiveness of lacrimal dilation with a balloon catheter in different age groups.
  • Optimisations in the treatment of orbital cellulitis.
  • Dose–response relationship in the treatment of childhood strabismus with Botox.
  • Differences in the degree of strabismus with prism and digital video-oculography.
  • Sensitivity of different diagnostic tests for optic nerve glioma in neurofibromatosis.
  • Optimal parameters of the visual-field stimuli in young children.
  • Efficacy and safety of drugs for the treatment of paediatric glaucoma.
  • Efficacy of telemedicine for the proper diagnosis of retinopathy of prematurity.
  • Protocol for the aetiological study of childhood cataracts with Neuropaediatrics.
  • Phase 1 study to treat retinoblastoma with viral therapy.
  • Platform for genetic diagnosis of retinal dystrophies.
  • Development of in vivo biopsies for intraocular tumours by confocal microscopy.
  • OCT study of the choroid in children and in retinal diseases.
  • Protocol for follow-up and treatment of JIA-associated uveitis.
  • MIWGUC Group (Multinational Interdisciplinary Working Group for Uveitis in Childhood).
  • National Uveitis Register.

Teaching

SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a university hospital affiliated with the University of Barcelona, and so we share our knowledge and train professionals to specialise in high-complexity medicine.

Master's in Paediatric Ophthalmology

We offer comprehensive training in the field of Paediatric Ophthalmology, with courses in all the theoretical disciplines and practices that comprise the training area according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

  • Duration: 2 years.
  • Management: Dr. Clàudia Fortuny
  • Accreditation: 125 ECTS credits

Patient stories

“At birth, Daniel began to have trouble breathing and almost did not move. The operation he needed could not be done in Nigeria. Now Daniel can breathe and he does not stand still for a minute, he is a happy child.”

Mother of Daniel operated for a Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation (CPAM)

"Our work is to ensure the continuous learning of our residents is based on experience and has a scientific basis, with accompaniment and tutoring of the process.”

Nursing resident tutors Nursing resident tutors at SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital

"he tutors transmit a vocation and respect for specialising as a midwife or male midwife. You learn a lot, there is a high volume of activity and we handle complex cases. The residency is very comprehensive and supported.”

Carlos Aulló currently a male midwife at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, resident from 2018-2019

"Very emotional situations occur during childbirth, and also in consultations. Being there in those moments, working in that context, and sharing it with your colleagues and experienced professionals is a comprehensive learning experience.”

Raquel Campo first-year resident midwife (R1) at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

"Learning is intense and accelerated, and there is close accompaniment of the women, even in a pandemic context. We make a real effort to make sure all the women we care for feel support when they come to the Hospital.”

Roser Romero second-year resident midwife (R2) at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital in 2021