Ophthalmology Clinic

Ophthalmologists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital offer comprehensive consultation, evaluation and treatment for pediatric eye disorders ranging from the most common to the extremely rare and complex. For children who require eye surgery, our pediatric ophthalmologists perform procedures such as eye muscle surgery for the correction of strabismus, cataract extraction, nasolacrimal duct probing and ptosis repair.

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Some of the conditions we evaluate and treat include:

  • Amblyopia
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Cataracts
  • Corneal disorders
  • Eye birth defects
  • Glaucoma
  • Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in children under the age of 5 years
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic nerve disorders
  • Ptosis, or drooping of the eyelid
  • Strabismus

We do not perform routine eye examinations for older children who need glasses or contact lenses.

If you're interested in visiting our clinic, please request a referral from your child's current pediatrician, optometrist or ophthalmologist.

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You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2560
Fax: (415) 353-2468

Hours: Monday and Tuesday
1 – 4:15 p.m.

Every other Tuesday
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

What to Bring

  • Medical records relevant to your condition
  • Glasses if you wear them
  • Insurance card

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Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus
  • For more information about Muni visit, www.sfmuni.com.

    * Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Clinic Team

Premilla Banwait
Dr. Premilla Banwait,
pediatric optometrist
Alejandra de Alba
Dr. Alejandra de Alba,
pediatric ophthalmologist