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We treat children with eye and vision problems.

Who we see 

We treat children with problems including, but not limited to:

  • general vision problems
  • congenital (at birth) eye abnormalities and deformities (cataracts, glaucoma, malformed eyes/eyelids, blocked tear ducts)
  • lazy eyes (amblyopia)
  • eye muscle problems (strabismus)
  • inherited eye disease
  • complex eye problems relating to other diseases (neurologic, metabolic, endocrine etc)
  • low vision problems
  • eye cancers
  • eye injuries
We also see adult patients with strabismus.

About the clinic

The Ophthalmology Department at BC Children’s has one of the busiest outpatient clinics in the hospital, with over to 13,000 patient visits per year. 

We have an Ophthamology Clinic, an Orthoptic Clinic and  an Electrophysiology Lab. We also work in association with the Visual Impairment Program. Visual Impairment Program

Ophthalmologists refer to the Orthoptics, Electrophysiology and Low Vision services based on assessed patient needs.

The  Ophthalmology Department is located at Entrance 73 on the East side of the BCCH site  (near Heather Street and 29th ave.)

Please allow 2- 3 hours for your appointments.

Contact us

The clinic is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. Phone hours vary for each service.

Department phone
604 875 2040

Department Fax
604 875 3561

Administrative Coordinator
604 875 3867

Ophthalmology Research 604 875 2345 extension 7853

Physicians wishing to reach the ophthalmologist on call, please call BCCH/PHSA Paging at 604 875 2345.

Contact List Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Contact List Nov 2020revis_.pdf


On the day of your appointment please remember to:

  • Bring You Child's Care Card
  • Allow time to find parking.
  • Check in with reception before your appointment time.
  • Bring all glasses worn for distance or reading.
  • Consider bringing a hat or sunglasses to help with light sensitivity caused by dilated pupils.
  • Bring snacks or activities for your child.
  • Allow for up to 3 hours for your appointment.

If You Need An Interpreter

If an interpreter would be helpful for you, please phone us as soon as possible and we will arrange for this.

Preparing  for a Surgical Procedure




The word Orthoptics comes from Greek words: ortho meaning straight, and optikas meaning vision.

Who we see

This clinic sees both children and adults with eye problems related to:

  • Eye alignment and eye movement (strabismus)
  • Lazy eye (amblyopia)
  • Double vision (diplopia)
  • How the eyes work together (binocular vision)

Orthoptic team

  • Christy Giligson, Senior Teaching Orthoptist
  • Andrea Quan, Junior Teaching Orthoptist
  • Vaishali Mehta, Junior Teaching Orthoptist
  • Debbie Zylich, Junior Teaching Orthoptist
  • Grace Harradine, Junior Teaching Orthoptist

Contact us

Please leave a message if we are unable to take your call right away. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please give us 48 hours notice if possible.

Once you have arrived for your appointment and have checked in, you may take a seat and wait to be called. Please arrive 5 minutes early to allow for checking in.

What to expect

During your appointment you may be tested for things such as: visual acuity, eye movements, double vision or have measurements taken of any eye misalignment.

For children 5 and under, allow for a half hour.

For children older than 5, and for adult patients, please allow for an average of one hour for your appointment.

Orthoptic appointments are generally on time. We respect your time and do our utmost to stay on schedule. Please help us to stay on schedule and arrive on time. If you are running late or need to cancel your appointment, please call our clinic.

Expect to have someone try to make you smile and feel at ease.

What to remember

  • To allow time to find parking. 
  • To check in with reception before your appointment time. 
  • To bring all glasses worn for distance or near. 
  • To bring snacks or activities for your child if they have appointments with the Orthoptist as well as the Ophthalmologist.


About the tests

Visual Electrophysiology or Electrodiagnostic Tests (EDTs) are objective tests of retinal and visual pathway function.

You might be referred to this clinic to:

  • Help the Ophthalmologist diagnose the cause of your visual problem.
  • Monitor disease progression
  • Monitor the effects of any treatment you may be receiving.

We offer tests to children and adults: 

  • Electroretinogram (ERG)
  • Electro-Oculogram (EOG)
  • Visual Evoked Potential (VEP)
  • Multifocal ERG (MFERG)
  • Dark Adaptometry (DA)

What to expect

Electroretinogram (ERG)

This test takes approximately one hour. Prior to the test eye drops will be used for dilation and later local anesthetic drops are used to provide comfort. The drops used during testing temporarily increase the sensitivity to sunlight and cause vision to blur slightly. These effects will last for several hours after testing, therefore we recommend that you bring a pair of sunglasses and have someone available to drive you home afterwards. 

Electro-Oculogram (EOG)

This test takes approximately one hour to perform. No drops are used during testing.

Visual Evoked Potential (VEP)

This test takes approximately one hour to perform. No drops are used during testing. Please remember to bring your glasses or contact lenses.

Multifocal ERG (MFERG)

A typical MFERG takes about 50 minutes to complete both eyes.

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