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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

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

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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.


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

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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
Neuro-ophthalmology and psycho-ophthalmology
Low vision

Treatments we offer

Plastic surgery of the eye and eye socket
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
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Ester Casas Gimeno
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Jesús Díaz Cascajosa
Paediatric ophthalmologist
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Anna Llorca Cardeñosa
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Núria Planas Domenech
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Mariona Vidal Santacana
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Alícia Serra Castanera
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Begoña Yeste Mayoral
Paediatric ophthalmologist


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.


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

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