What to Expect: Pediatric Ophthalmology Appointment

We are honored that you chose the Moran Pediatric Eye Clinic for your child. Our mission is to improve the lives of our patients through the delivery of exceptional, personalized, and compassionate care.

We want to provide you with information to make your time with us more comfortable, and to let you know this appointment may be different in several ways from other clinical offices.

Our Clinic Experience

A complete pediatric ophthalmic evaluation can require in-clinic testing, a thorough review of medical records and patient interview, followed by a comprehensive eye exam. New patients can expect their visit to take 2 hours or longer, especially with specialized testing or have complex eye disease.

  • All new patients will have a complete eye exam, including eye dilation with eye drops. Dilation takes 30-45 minutes to be effective. After the exam, the pupils will remain dilated for several hours. This may cause mild blurring of near vision and increased sensitivity to sunlight. You may bring sunglasses for your child to wear during this time.
  • If your child has a complex eye issue, the pediatric ophthalmologist may refer you to an even further specialized eye doctor such as a retina, cornea, or glaucoma specialist.

What to Bring

In order for your appointment to be as productive as possible, please note the following:

  • Please fill out the online forms through your child’s MyChart patient portal
  • Please bring your child’s eye glasses or contact lenses to the visit 
  • Bring a list of medications and the bottles ofeye drops your child is taking.
  • Bring your insurance card and photo ID.
  • Please have all of your child’s records sent to our office prior to your appointment if possible, or bring them with you.

Our Team

We have highly trained physicians who provide treatment for routine and complex diseases of the eye. Depending on your child’s specific needs, our multidisciplinary team of physicians can leverage the strengths of this group of subspecialists to determine the best care plan for your child.

Our Academic Leadership

We may have a physician in training - a medical student, resident, or fellow - in the clinic. While you may see these trainees during your appointment, your child’s physician will be involved in the full visit. Our providers are leaders at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, and part of their mission is to train the future generation of physicians. Our program is part of an academic medical center and teaching hospital, providing exceptional services for those in need of sophisticated surgical procedures. 

It is our goal to make your child’s appointment go smoothly and efficiently. Please allow several hours for your visit with us. If you have a specific question about your visit, or if there is anything we can do for you, feel free to contact our clinic staff before your visit. 

The Physicians and Staff of the Moran Pediatric Eye Clinic
Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

6400 Fannin, Suite 1980
Houston, Texas 77030
P: 713-486-9460
F: 713-486-9593