The Pediatric Optometry Residency is based in the Section of Ophthalmology at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (CMH).
The section includes three clinic locations, five pediatric ophthalmologists, one pediatric ophthalmology fellow, two ophthalmology residents, five optometrists, one optometric resident and one-to-two optometric student externs.
The primary objectives of the residency are to increase the resident's examination techniques and skills in seeing pediatric patients, including infants, toddlers and older children (up to age 21 years).
The patients' diagnosis include: retinopathy of prematurity, aphakia, trauma, accommodative esotropia, amblyopia and routine refractive errors. Emphasis on developing a treatment plan for these conditions and following their progress is promoted. Recognizing conditions that are amblyogenic, such as ptosis, anisometropia and strabismus is also emphasized.
The residency is affiliated with the University of Missouri - St Louis College of Optometry, and is more oriented toward advanced pediatric primary care. There is no vision therapy or orthoptics. UMSL does have a pediatric residency that is vision therapy-based and is located at the school.
In addition to the clinic duties, the resident is required to attend lectures, present journal articles at quarterly journal club and participate in "residency days" at UMSL with a case report presentation.