Eye clinic

The Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre offers eye care through our ambulatory clinics. The eye clinic provides care to children requiring elective or emergent treatment of medical concerns of the eye.

What we do

An ophthalmologist and orthoptist complete a comprehensive eye examination and treat medical concerns of the eye.

Typically, your child’s vision will be checked first by an orthoptist who will, if necessary, administer drops in your child’s eyes. If your child needs eye drops, there will be a waiting period of about 30 minutes for the drops to work.

Next, your child will see the ophthalmologist who will examine their eyes. After the examination, they will let you know the results and discuss further treatment, such as glasses or more tests.

The examination will take between 1-2 hours, depending on the testing needed.

Who we see

We provide care for children and youth up to their 18th birthday.

Our team

Our team is comprised of the following health-care professionals:

  • Ophthalmologists
  • Orthoptists
  • Nurse coordinators
  • Administrative assistants

How to access this service

A referral is required from a health-care provider, such as your family doctor or a nurse practitioner.

When your appointment is scheduled, our office will send a letter or reach out via telephone.

Where we are

Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre
2nd floor
300 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, NL
A1B 3V6

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

How to reach us

Telephone: 709-777-4705

Frequently asked questions

What number do I call to confirm my child’s appointment?

If you are calling to confirm or check on an appointment, please call 709-777-4705 and have your child’s MCP number ready.

What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who is trained to complete an eye examination and qualified to diagnose and treat all eye problems.

What is an orthoptist?

An orthoptist is a health-provider trained to perform diagnostic evaluation and non-surgical treatment of disorders of vision, eye movement and eye alignment.

How long do the effects of the eye drops last?

The effects of the dilation eye drops can last from four (4) to 24 hours. This depends on the strength of the drops and your child’s reaction to the drops.

Are there side effects of dilating eye drops?

The main effects of the eye drops are sensitivity to light (find light too bright) and blurry vision. After your child’s appointment, they may be more comfortable wearing sunglasses. You can get more information on rare side effects from your child’s doctor.

Can my child go back to school after having eye drops?

Yes, your child can return to school. You should let their teacher know that your child may experience light sensitivity or blurry vision.

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Last updated: 2022-06-20