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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A good educational resource is Eye Muscle Problems in Children and Adults: A Guide to Understanding By Burton J. Kushner, MD.
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