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A majority of eye-related issues can go undetected, since children aren’t aware when they are having vision problems—it is, after all, how they’ve always seen things. At CHOC ophthalmology, we use innovative techniques to test a child’s vision that are different from methods used at adult practices, all in a pediatric setting.

We offer both basic eye care and specialty care to protect and restore vision for babies, children and teens. Whether your child needs new glasses or surgery, we provide the latest and most comprehensive treatment for pediatric eye disorders.

Telehealth appointments are available. Please call our Patient Access Center at 888-770-2462 to make an appointment,
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Ophthalmology Services


Vision Screenings

Early diagnosis and treatment is important to ensure a child’s vision develops correctly and to prevent long-term problems. We offer comprehensive eye screenings for every age.

Experts in Pediatric Eye Surgery

Because we perform eye surgery on the smallest patients, including babies as young as one day old, we use the least invasive techniques possible and unique methods to help ensure a child has a lifetime of vision. Eye surgery is performed at the CHOC surgery center, featuring pediatric-trained anesthesiologists, operating rooms and equipment that are customized for kids, and child life specialists who are at the bedside to reduce a child’s stress.

Conditions We Treat


  • Amblyopia (lazy eyes)
  • Childhood glaucoma (infantile, juvenile and traumatic)
  • Double vision (diplopia)
  • Droopy eyelids (ptosis)
  • Eye inflammation (uveitis)
  • Infantile and childhood cataracts

  • Nasolacrimal duct obstruction (blocked tear ducts)
  • Refractive errors (need for glasses/contacts)
  • Retinopathy of prematurity and its complications
  • Strabismus (crossing or drifting of the eyes)
  • Tearing eyes
  • Traumatic eye injuries

Our pediatric ophthalmologist also treats eye problems related to other diseases such as diabetes, sickle cell disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic disorders, brain tumors, genetic and chromosomal disorders and craniosynostosis.

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Ophthalmology Location

The CHOC Specialists Ophthalmology is located on the first floor of the Centrum North Building (#11 on map). The parking structure is located right behind the building at Centrum North Parking (#12 on map).
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Exterior view of CHOC Children’s Centrum North building
CHOC Specialists Ophthalmology

1120 W. La Veta Ave. | Suite 100 | Orange, CA 92868 | Appointments: 888-770-2462 | Office: 714-509-4490

Inside of CHOC Health Center, Mission Medical Tower
CHOC Health Center, Mission Medical Tower

Building: Mission Medical Tower | 26732 Crown Valley Pkwy., Suite 501 | Mission Viejo, CA 92691 | 714-633-4020

Meet Our Ophthalmologists

Bhola, Rahul MD

Specialty: Ophthalmology
Appointments: 888-770-2462
Office: 714-509-4490

Dr. Rahul Bhola is a board certified ophthalmologist who treats the full spectrum of eye disorders in kids at CHOC Hospital in Orange.

Ellfeldt, Jordan D. OD

Specialty: Ophthalmology
Appointments: 888-770-2462
Office: 714-509-4490

Dr. Ellfeldt specializes in ophthalmology and  treats the full spectrum of eye disorders in kids in Orange County.

Esmail, Fatema MD

Specialty: Ophthalmology
Appointments: 714-509-4490
Office: 714-509-4490

Dr. Fatema Esmail is a board certified ophthalmologist who treats the full spectrum of eye disorders in kids in Orange County.