UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute
by name
Afshari, Natalie A. Brown, Stuart I. Chao, Daniel L. Ferrara, Napoleone Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Kikkawa, Don O. Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Lin, Jonathan H. Medeiros, Felipe A. Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Robbins, Shira L. Savino, Peter J. Slight, Rigby Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S. Zhang, Kang
by specialty
Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Refractive Surgery Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic
by condition
AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Cataracts Corneal Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Movement Disorders Glaucoma Hereditary (Genetic) Disorders Low Vision Neuro-Ophthalmic Conditions Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pediatric Conditions Refractive Errors Retinal Diseases Thyroid Eye Disease

Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders

Preventing and treating vision loss/ocular problems in children is the highest priority at the Ratner Children’s Eye Center. Dr. David Granet and Dr. Shira Robbins are world-renowned specialists in helping children with eye misalignments (strabismus), nystagmus, congenital diseases like pediatric cataracts and glaucoma, acquired problems from blocked tear ducts to “lazy eye” (amblyopia) as well as trauma. From premature babies to teenagers our team ensures that each child seen at the family oriented Ratner Children’s Eye Center is given the attention and personal medical care they deserve in a child- friendly atmosphere. Adults with strabismus suffer from an old childhood problem, trauma or a disease causing eye misalignment and require individualized intervention. Recognized worldwide for their teaching & developments in this field, the specialized surgeons at the Ratner Eye Center can help virtually everyone– regardless of age - suffering from various ocular misalignments and their consequences.

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The Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center was opened to meet the needs of the pediatric population and creates an atmosphere that makes children feel more comfortable from the moment they walk in. The Center’s goal is to make visiting the eye doctor a more pleasant experience for young patients, ensuring more successful eye examinations. Child-friendly, state-of-the-art exam rooms are specially designed to evaluate sight in patients of all ages, even those who are too young to talk and tell the doctor what they see. The Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center makes going to the eye doctor a happy experience.

Faculty

David B. Granet, M.D.
Shira L. Robbins, M.D.

Patient Testimonials

The Shiley Eye Center and Dr. Robbins literally opened up my eyes and life.

I have had strabismus from childhood. Every optical appointment ended with the same prognosis: “we are very sorry there is nothing we can do to help you.” My prescription would be adjusted, prisms recommended and I would adapt myself to live with strabismus.

After LASIK surgery my strabismus worsened. I began having double vision, headaches, eye pain and nausea. It was becoming increasingly difficult to work.
Luckily for me my insurance changed as my symptoms worsened. Shiley Eye Center was now an optical option. During my first appointment the optometrist asked how long I have had strabismus. I replied since childhood. She asked why I have never had anything done. I told her what I had always been told: there is nothing that can be done. She told me she thought Dr. Robbins could help me and encouraged me to make an appointment.

Dr. Robbins is an amazing professional with a caring, healing personality. She patiently explained to me why my eyes are not working together and how she planned to help me to eliminate the double vision and headaches. I was very excited and hopeful.

After surgery within days my headaches subsided, the double vision gradually decreased over six months and within a year I rarely had any. I followed the exercises they gave me along with always wearing either my glasses or contact lenses. I now have to be very tired to experience double vision and resting my eyes will eliminate it.

My life has been enriched immensely. Daily life is full with reading, knitting and sewing. I can now drive without closing one eye. I had two serious bicycle accidents prior to my surgery, I can now bike and hike again with the expansion of my field of vision and sense of depth.

I never realized my neck pain was a result of twisting my head trying to eliminate the double vision. My children no longer ask: ”Mom which eye should I talk to? Can you see me here? Here?”  Now we laugh I no longer have eyes in the back of my head!

My life was gradually narrowing as I aged and I thought nothing could be done. Now I do not have enough time in the day to get everything done.

Thank you Dr. Robbins and Shiley Eye Center!   ~ Stephanie

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Thank you to the Shiley Eye Center!

Dr. Robbins has changed my grandson’s life… there are so many ways the operation she performed has made a difference for him. In addition she has changed all of our lives. I used to think that he was mentally challenged but now that his eyes are both working together, his reactions are totally appropriate and he relates to his world very well. The surgery she performed has set my mind at ease. It has also taken a huge burden from his parents’ shoulders. They knew they needed to do something sometime, but through her willingness to answer all our questions they finally realized that the surgery was needed and as soon as possible to insure the best possible outcome. Dr. Robbins’ calmness and confidence were very reassuring to all of us as we made each step through this unfamiliar process.

We can never really repay the gift that Dr. Robbins has given us but can only thank you with our continuing gratitude and goodwill. It makes me very happy to know that she truly “gets” the life-changing contribution that your doctors make in this world.

~ Grandma

 I instantly knew that it was imperative that we get Adam to the Shiley Eye Institute

I instantly knew that it was imperative that we get Adam to the Shiley Eye Institute

Aaron J. Byzak, MBA, FACHE
Senior Director, Government and Community Affairs
UC San Diego Health

In 2007, I was working for another health care provider in North County. In July of that year, my son Adam was born and within a few months was diagnosed with Albinism - a genetic condition that results in no pigment production and limited eye sight. I instantly knew that it was imperative that we get Adam to the Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health for care because of the expertise of their world-renowned staff.

Our experience at Shiley Eye Institute and the Ratner Children’s Eye Center has been incredible. From the first appointment, we knew that we had made the right choice. Dr. David Granet was immediately able to provide insight into Adam's condition and sight prognosis, which instantly provided a tremendous amount of relief for my wife and I. Dr. Granet conducted Adam’s eye surgery a few years later and we have seen marked improvement.

In 2014, we welcomed our daughter, Cassandra, who also has Albinism. She is now a patient of Dr. Granet’s as well and is doing great!

I think that UC San Diego Health’s clinical excellence is a directly related to our staff’s ability to conduct research, train tomorrow's health care professionals and provide top-notch clinical service. It is one of those amazing situations where the organization's mission is truly realized. As a matter of fact, my early experiences with Dr. Granet and UC San Diego Health helped solidify my decision to begin working here in 2009.

It's not easy to describe a superhero.

I've tried to write this letter several times over the last few years, but have finally found the words
to finish it. Describing the journey we've taken with our daughter has been hard to do well.
Perhaps more difficult has been capturing our teamwork with the doctor who has become critical
to her well-being. It's not easy to describe a superhero.

As the parents of three daughters, as forty-somethings, we have been fortunate to know many
really good doctors. Smart, caring men and women trying their best to help us sort out normal
daily ups and downs of life… colds, broken bones, minor illnesses, etc. Some have been better
than others for one reason or another, but most have been helpful and valuable. Occasionally,
however, someone stands out. That is why we're writing you today.

When our third and youngest daughter, Zoe, was a few months old, her eyes started to flutter,
nonstop, back and forth. We thought this was unusual and began to inquire. She was quickly
diagnosed with some form of nystagmus. Thankfully, the most concerning causes, like a brain
tumor, were ruled out early. However, there still were lots of questions, ideas, and information
to consider. It was confusing and scary.

We weren't sure which path would be best for her. Several doctors offered considered, but
divergent courses of action, or in some cases, hopeful non-action. Making the right moves
seemed time sensitive and critical, but which way to choose was very unclear. Addressing
nystagmus wasn't a well-known science like stitching a wound or setting a broken bone.
At about 10 months old, we'd traveled around our home state and visited another city across
the country in search of the best doctor and a plan for Zoe. We took another trip from our
hometown, Denver, Colorado, to La Jolla so she could visit David Granet. That trip was
transformative.

From the beginning, we knew he was different. On one hand, his expertise, experience, and
intellect were clear. However, he would probably roll his eyes at that comment because what
makes him so special is who he is… and he doesn't seem impressed with his status or intellect.
He's not just deeply kind and caring, or earthy and folksy. He's deeply human… and relates. His
approach transcends sterile concepts like “bedside manner”. It's more of a family approach…
he's become a member of ours.

Dr. Granet’s ability to manage complex medical investigation and intervention while also talking
like a regular person has been deeply helpful. Spending time without watching the clock,
accommodating out of town distant relations, and advising through conversation based on our
values and needs makes him special. Caring like we're members of his family has been a gift. Like
a marvel comic vigilante, he walks with us and among us, but has helped us through a scary
episode with calm, concern, interest, and frankly bravery that we have not found to be common.

There are too many examples to share, but our favorite was what we saw before her third and
last surgery. While other doctors have met with us prior to the staff taking our children back to
a surgical procedure, he took Zoe back to pre-op himself. We have a few photos of them playing
as they walked down the hall to her operation. She felt no fear, had no idea about the depth of
his surgical precision and was too young to understand the level of preparation he'd put into her
case. The seriousness of and precision required for that surgery never showed in his face. Never
mind that the complex procedure was a major success. He took care of her like a fabled old
physician practicing in times long gone by; before insurance companies and defensive medicine.
He healed more than her eyes and it rippled through our whole family.

Despite his accolades and world recognition in the areas of eye surgery and nystagmus, those
really aren’t Dr. Granet’s greatest specialty. Curiosity, drive, and medical expertise are traits he
uses to fix eyes, but people are what he's best at. We imagine he's one of those people who is
loved by friends and neighbors, who is trusted by all he knows, and who makes any room feel
warm, safe, and full of amazing potential. As the parents of one of his countless patients, we have
been beyond fortunate to know and team with him. Zoe doesn't know it, she just loves to visit
him and tell him what's new... like how she skis and plays on the school playground and rock
climbs and does all the things that wouldn't have been possible without him.

- Martin Goldstein

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Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Refractive Surgery Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic

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