3V2 Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital
Phone: 905-521-2100 x. 72400, Fax: 905-521-2332
Introduction to the Clinic:
The Hogarth Family and Pioneer Energy Ophthalmology Centre, at McMaster Children’s Hospital , is dedicated to providing the best care for all. Our mission is to provide excellent eye and health care for the people and communities we serve. The clinic brings together experts from specialities including Pediatrics, Retinal, Glaucoma, and Oculoplastics. We are a part of the cohesive unit of McMaster Children’s Hospital and provide services for inpatients and outpatients as well as using telecommunications in satellites to serve a greater area. Our multidisciplinary approach helps us provide the best practices to care for our patients and manage acute care as well as continue with long term follow-up.
What Services Do We Provide?
Meeting the special eye care needs of children, the clinic is comprised of specialists and subspecialists. In addition to physician specialists, there are certified Orthopists who provide precise strabismus evaluation and oversee therapy of certain conditions. Adult patients with strabismus are also treated by the pediatric team. Staff certified in ophthalmic assisting provide assistance to the physicians and care to all patients.
Services provided include, but are not limited to, the following:
Pediatric ophthalmology and surgery
Pediatric strabismus and surgery
Pediatric cataracts and surgery
Pediatric glaucoma and surgery
Pediatric retina and surgery
Vision testing (including methods to evaluate young children and adults who have difficulty communicating)
Photography of the eye
Visual Field Testing
Intraocular pressure testing
Optical Coherence Tomography
Conditions We Treat:
Conditions treated include, but are not limited to, the following:
Allergies – red, watery, itchy eyes
Albinism (ocular) – genetic condition featuring absence of pigmentation in the eyes
Amblyopia – poor vision in one or both eyes
Astigmatism – a refractive error requiring spectacle correction
Blepharitis – swelling of the eyelids
Blocked tear ducts – poor drainage of the tears
Cataract – cloudiness of the lens inside the eye
Cellulitis – infection and swelling around the eye and orbit
Chalazion and stye – a bump on the eyelid
Colobomas – incomplete development of the lid, iris and retina
Conjunctivitis – commonly referred to as pink eye, it’s an infection or swelling of the eye
Corneal abrasion – a scratch on the front part of the eye
Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) – decreased vision at the brain level
Detached or torn retina – holes or rips on the inside lining of the eye responsible for seeing
Diplopia – double vision
Eye injuries – trauma to the eye
Dry eye – feeling of dryness or ‘sand in the eye’
Floaters and flashes – signs there might be a detached or torn retina
Glaucoma – damage to the optic nerve that occurs from increased pressure in the eyes
Hyperopia – farsightedness, a refractive error requiring spectacle correction
Inherited diseases and those relating to other diseases:– neurologic, metabolic, endocrine (diabetic)
Myopia – nearsightedness, a refractive error requiring spectacle correction
Nystagmus – a rapid oscillation of the eyes
Optic Nerve anomalies – any structural change in the nerve responsible for transferring the information from the eye to the brain
Ptosis – droopy eyelid
Retinoblastoma and other eye cancers – tumors affecting the eye
Strabismus – misaligned eyes
Uveitis/iritis – inflammation of the middle part of the eye (the uvea)
Vitreous diseases – disorders in the clear gel that fills the eye
The hospital is located at 1200 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5.
3V2 Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital
3rd Floor, yellow section
What Happens When We Arrive?
When you arrive to the clinic please check in with the Business clerk at the reception desk. The Business Clerk will let the team know that you have arrived.
Any referrals may be faxed to the clinic as noted on the referral form.
The clinics are not for emergencies. If your child needs to be seen on an urgent basis, please contact your family doctor or go to your local emergency department.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Changing Your Appointment:
Please contact us as soon as possible, if you need to change or cancel your child's appointment.
If your child has a communicable disease such as Chicken Pox or has been in contact with someone with Chicken Pox, please call the clinic before you come to the hospital.
What Should You Bring To The Clinic?
Health Card for your child - the Ministry of Health requires us to validate your Health Card at every clinic visit.
All birth records and any test results or assessment reports available from other institutions.
Any notes or questions that you may have.
Glasses and/or contact lens and solutions and case, if applicable
List of current medications and allergies
special interest in pediatric and adult strabismus, special interest in oculoplastics, reconstructive, lacrimal & orbital ophthalmology
special interest in pediatric and retinal ophthalmology
special interest in glaucoma
special interest in retinal ophthalmology
special interest in pediatric ophthalmology research (visit www.mcperg.ca )
The Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has completed extra training in eyes. After achieving a medical degree, the ophthalmologist continues his/ her training for an additional 5 years. After becoming a board certified Ophthalmologist, an additional 1-2 years of studies are completed, in an area of interest, such as pediatrics, glaucoma oculoplastics, retina, etc. The ophthalmologist will interpret the results from the testing completed by the ophthalmic technician or orthoptist. He/she will do further investigation by looking at the health and anatomy of the eyes through specialized equipment as well as performing a refraction on the eyes to determine if glasses will aid the patient. After the exam, your doctor will discuss the results with you and may refer you to a specialist within the clinic. The doctor will setup your follow-up visits.
Eye care has become an increasingly complex area and the role of the ophthalmic technician has had to grow as well. The technician’s in our clinic have the ability to operate specialized equipment and perform very precise diagnostic testing on a repeatable basis. This allows the ophthalmologist to focus their attention directly on patient care. The ophthalmic technician will take a complete ophthalmic history and record a reason for the visit, perform such diagnostic tests as lensometry, visual fields, photography of the eye (inside and out), intraocular pressure testing, visual acuity assessment, and may dilate the pupils. All results will be documented in your chart and transferred to the physician for interpretation and explanation.
Perform diagnostic evaluations on patients who have disorders of vision and/ or eye alignment or movements. This is done for both children and adults and work as a team member with the physician. Sometimes you will see the Orthoptist in tandem with the physician (on the same day) and other times your visit will only be with the Orthoptist. The Orthoptist will also recommend and implement therapy and non-surgical treatment of the disorders.
Child Life Specialist:
A Child Life Specialist provides psychosocial care to children and youth by helping them:
Understand and prepare for tests and procedures
Develop strategies to relax and to cope with stress or pain
Express their emotions
Follow treatment recommendations
Develop strategies to manage behaviours
A Child Life Specialist can, as needed:
Meet with patients at the time of diagnosis to assess their initial understanding and coping, then be available for follow-up on an ongoing basis
Provide age-appropriate teaching, and help patients voice their questions and concerns about their diagnosis
Help patients learn how to swallow pills
Meet with patients during their clinic appointments, or (if a Specialist is available) provide support during appointments outside of regular visits
Help patients develop strategies to cope and to advocate for themselves at school
Arrange peer support opportunities
Our philosophy is family-centered care. We strive to provide the best care possible.
Prevent Blindness America
American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
American Association of Pediatric Orthoptists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Canadian Ophthalmological Society
Seeing Beyond Vision Loss