Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide


The Department of Ophthalmology specialises in the detection and correction of visual problems in children from birth to 18 years.

Frequent causes of poor vision are the need for glasses (refractive error), turning eyes (squint), lazy eyes (amblyopia) and eye abnormalities present at birth. Other general health disorders and injuries may also cause poor vision or poor visual development.

The earlier eye problems are detected, the greater the range of treatment and education options available.  No child is too young to be assessed and children with a family history of eye disorders should be tested between four and ten months of age.

Orthoptic Service

Orthoptic Clinics are held most days in Paediatric Outpatients Area 3. Orthoptists are Allied Health Professionals, who are specifically trained in a range of eye tests to assist the medical team.

Tests the orthoptic team will perform include; visual acuity (vision testing for all ages and abilities), Humphrey Visual Fields, eye movement assessments, squint assessments and measurements, ocular photography and imaging as well as routine review appointments for patients wearing glasses and those undergoing lazy vision (amblyopia) treatment.

Vision Screening Service

Vision screening is an effective tool to determine whether your child has any issues with their vision. The Ophthalmology team here at WCH have developed a vision screening program designed to detect Amblyopia, (lazy vision), in young children. We use easy, age appropriate testing methods to ensure good results.

We will be re-screening 4-5 year old children from pre-established regions, who have failed their CaFHS vision test. We will also screen suitable patients from the hospital waiting list. There may be room for future expansion into a wider region over time.

Screening is designed to detect amblyopia. This is a condition where a child’s eyesight is reduced due to a barrier in vision development. It is commonly only in one eye, therefore with two eyes open the child may never notice, or complain of blurry vision.  The condition can also only be improved while the child is under the age of 8, highlighting the importance of screening.

How to access Ophthalmology services at WCHN

A referral is needed from your GP or from a doctor from another Women's and Children's Hospital department.

Information for Families

Incision and curettage of eyelid chalazion
A chalazion is a small lump on the eyelid formed by a blockage and/or infection of a meibomian (oil) gland

Examination of eyes under anaesthetic
Children may need to have their eyes examined under anaesthetic because they are unable to lie still while awake.

Syringe and probing of blocked nasolacrimal ducts of the eyes
Probing and syringing of the tear duct may be necessary for children with persistent watery eyes and recurrent conjunctivitis.

Insertion of Crawford tubes
Crawford tubes are used after syringe and probing of the tear ducts has failed to clear a blockage.

Removal of Crawford Tubes
Crawford tubes are inserted into the tear duct to assist the drainage of tears.  They usually remain in place for about six months.

Strabismus (squint) repair
Strabismus (squint)  is a term used to describe the condition where both eyes do not look in the same direction.  It may be present at birth, appear during childhood or following an illness or injury.



Clinic and general business 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday

Contact Information

Unit Head

Medical Unit Head of Ophthalmology
Dr Jo Black


1st Floor, Rogerson building

Mailing Address

Referrals Only

Please send to:
Admin Hub
Women's and Children's Hospita l
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006
FAX: 8161 6246

Surgical Correspondence and Enquiries

Ophthalmology Department
Level 2, Good Friday Building
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006
FAX: 8161 7057


OPD Appointment Bookings & Enquiries

(08) 8161 7399

Department or Surgical Enquiries

(08) 8161 8308

email  cywhspaediatricophthalmology@health.sa.gov.au


last modified: 30 Jan 2018