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Ophthalmology: specialties

SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital treats more children with eye problems than any other centre in Spain. Our specialists have an excellent track record and a huge amount of experience in diagnosing not only highly complex vision problems, but also more common ones.


Frequent lines of work


Children with amblyopia do not achieve normal visual acuity even with corrective glasses. We have a specialist unit for diagnostic tests and treatment.


We teach eye exercises that aim to strengthen ocular convergence to treat disorders such as convergence insufficiency or certain heterophorias.

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Ophthalmologists and optometrists work together to detect deviations. Some cases can be corrected with glasses, while others require surgery or Botox injections.

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Lachrymal and palpebral problems

We treat watering eyes due to blocked tear ducts, congenital ptosis (drooping eyelid) and chalazion. We use techniques of varying complexities.

Our lines of excellence

Rare eye diseases

Ophthalmologists, geneticists and other specialists work together in pathologies such as retinal dystrophy, Lowe syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and neurofibromatosis.

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Diagnosis, follow-up and treatment in the setting of a multidisciplinary unit. We are the only national reference centre for this illness.

Paediatric cataract surgery

We treat, diagnose and operate in this illness, including in children under 2 years of age. We have expert surgeons and ophthalmologists.

Congenital glaucoma

We are a national reference centre for the diagnosis and treatment of paediatric glaucoma, including both primary forms and forms associated with other pathologies.

Corneal diseases

We treat all types of problems with the cornea. We have extensive experience in corneal grafts to treat corneal opacity and in cross-linking for keratoconus.

Retinopathy of prematurity

We have a RetCam imaging system, the only type suitable for examining the fundus of the eye in premature infants. We offer laser, anti-angiogenic injection and surgical treatment.


We treat and diagnose this disease that affects the uvea. We work with rheumatology specialists, as this disorder may be due to juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Vitreoretinal surgery

We have a team of two paediatric retinologists specialising in diseases of the retina and choroid membrane, as well as infant vitrectomy.

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Plastic surgery of the eye and eye socket

We reconstruct eye sockets that have been affected by cancer or other issues. We are specialists in surgical treatment of malformations of the eyelid and infant eye prostheses.

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Ocular oncology

Ophthalmologists and oncologists work together in the multidisciplinary retinoblastoma and orbital tumours unit. We treat oncology patients who also suffer from eye conditions.


"We treat this condition in which an eye is abnormally small. An ophthalmologist and plastic surgeon work together to diagnose and treat using techniques suited to each case.

Neuro-ophthalmology and psycho-ophthalmology

A multidisciplinary team approaches diseases of the optic nerve. We assess the vision of children with neurological and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and ADHD.

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Low vision and infant rehabilitation

We look at low vision from the child's perspective. We recommend solutions and consult with patients' associations to achieve better adaptation to the environment.

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International, private and second-opinion medicine

These services are offered only by private care, on an international level and by second opinion .

Ophthalmological assessments

We carry out age-appropriate assessments for pre-verbal infants, toddlers aged 2 to 4 and older children.

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Study of possible low vision

This is used when there are behaviours that lead parents or teachers to think that the child may be unable to see well, or if there is a chance of inheriting a genetic disorder.

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Contact lenses

We treat some conditions with contact lenses, in particular those affecting the cornea or after cataract surgery in infants. This approach is also used for differences in acuity.

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The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's Ophthalmology Department

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