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Healthy development and function of the retina, a light-sensitive layer of tissue lining the back of the eye, is critical for normal vision. The Pediatric Retina Center at the Moran Eye Center provides a range of services and procedures to help prevent and treat blinding retinal conditions in children and infants. Pediatric retina specialists are skilled at diagnosing and treating these conditions, and they provide ongoing care and guidance to patients and their families.

About Pediatric Retina

Pediatric retina includes several rare diseases, many involving genetic predisposition, infection, trauma, or prematurity. Certain conditions, like retinopathy of prematurity, can develop in very premature infants while in neonatal nurseries and require multiple screenings.

retinaPediatric Retina Conditions

There are different kinds of pediatric retina conditions, including the following:

Vision Development

Vision develops over several years, with children's eyes fully maturing around age seven. For this reason, it is critical that pediatric eye problems be detected and treated as early as possible. The Pediatric Retina Service works closely with pediatric ophthalmology to assure good vision development.

Infants born prematurely or with a family history of eye disorders should receive a dilated eye exam. Certain conditions, like retinopathy of prematurity, can develop in very premature infants while in neonatal nurseries and require multiple screenings.


If you or your child notices any of the following, see a pediatric ophthalmologist:

  • White pupils or an eye that appears white (rather than red) in photographs
  • Full or partial vision loss
  • Night blindness
  • Black floaters within the field of vision
  • Sudden, persistent flashing lights
  • Any dramatic changes to the appearance of the eye
  • Misalignment of the eyes or trouble focusing
  • Sensitivity to light


Surgical Care

Pediatric surgeries are performed by University of Utah Health physicians at the John A. Moran Eye Center Surgery Unit and at Primary Children’s Hospital, a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Both operating suites are fully equipped to perform intricate vitreoretinal procedures on premature babies, infants, and children.

The anesthesiologists at Primary Children’s specialize in anesthesia services for the tiniest preterm infant on up, and are skilled in managing anesthesia for the medically complex child during difficult procedures.

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD

Patient Rating:


4.6 out of 5

M.E. Hartnett is a vitreoretinal surgeon, who treats and manages adult and pediatric retinal cases. Dr. Hartnett's clinical interests include vitreoretinal surgical diseases, including retinopathy of prematurity, or abnormal blood vessel development in the eye of a premature baby; pediatric vitreoretinopathies; trauma; retinal detachments; and diab... Read More


Ophthalmology, Retinal Diseases


John A. Moran Eye Center 801-581-2352

Akbar Shakoor, MD

Patient Rating:


4.8 out of 5

Dr. Shakoor specializes in medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous. He also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of uveitis and other infectious and inflammatory diseases of the eye. His primary clinical and surgical interests include retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, epiretinal membranes and macular holes macular an... Read More

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