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Pediatric Ophthalmology

Meeting the Unique Eye Care Needs of Young Patients

Sansum Clinic’s Dr. Mark Silverberg is one of only two pediatric ophthalmologist in Santa Barbara’s tri-county area – and one of the nation’s best at meeting the unique needs of young patients.


An examination with Dr. Silverberg might include:

  • Vision testing
  • Measuring eye position in patients with strabismus (misaligned eyes)
  • Examining for abnormalities that might indicate genetic conditions, diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and eye injuries
  • Determining the type and strength of glasses a child needs
  • Children aren’t always able to say what is bothering them and often have difficulty being patient and cooperative during an eye examination. Dr. Silverberg has a special touch when working with young patients, plus access to the latest equipment and technology designed to make their experience as comfortable as possible. Additionally, our waiting area doubles as a play room for children to enjoy.

Expert Care

Vision develops until about age nine. Early detection of problems, including crossed or wandering eye, or less obvious issues like uneven focus, is key to ensuring your child grows up with good vision in each eye. If your child's primary care physician recommends an eye exam, you can count on Dr. Silverberg and his pediatric ophthalmology support team to identify and correct the condition. Dr. Mark Silverberg, recognized by Castle Connelly as among America's Top Doctors, has highly specialized training in examining and caring for children with eye problems.

Referrals are necessary for most insurance plans. Appointments must be scheduled directly with this department and you may receive special instructions regarding your child's visit. If you would like to schedule an appointment, or have questions about a visit, please call our department directly at (805) 681-8950.