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
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