How do the Family Specialists at Partners for Pediatric Vision and the eye doctors work together?
Pediatric eye doctors specialize in diagnosing visual impairment, assessing how young babies and children are using their remaining vision and if glasses, surgery or other visual aids may be beneficial.
Low vision optometrists specialize in determining the extent of a child’s functional vision and focus on vision development or how vision is learned. They prescribe glasses or other low vision devices like hand held or video magnifiers or telescopes to allow a child to use their vision to the greatest extent possible.
Our partner doctors also provide recommendations for how a child can best use their vision during every day activities at home or at school and how to strengthen the use of their vision in cases where vision can improve. During the exam, parents ask questions about what and how much their child is seeing and the doctors and our Family Specialists respond with suggestions about how to encourage visual skills or how to accommodate for vision loss. Low Vision technology is demonstrated when appropriate including apps, video magnification and other devices.
The Family Specialists at Partners for Pediatric Vision are available to meet a family prior, during or after an exam and provide follow up support for the information discussed during the exam and any additional questions a family may have. Families are given information, resources and guidance about their child's visual impairment and strategies for encouraging vision skills as well as adapting to a visual impairment. Our Family Specialists are available to speak with professionals on a child and family's behalf about the impact of the visual impairment.
Here's what our partner pediatric doctors say about working with PPV:
" Partners for Pediatric Vision provides much-needed support to families of children with low vision. As a low vision optometrist, I witness firsthand how frustrating it can be for families to get the services they need for their children. Families are often confused and overwhelmed by information given to them by medical professionals, therapists, and teachers. Partners for Pediatric Vision has been instrumental in bridging the gap between families and the services they need. Whether it is contacting a child's in-home or school teacher to explain their diagnosis, helping to find funding or equipment, or simply providing a shoulder to lean on, Partners for Pediatric Vision plays a crucial role before, during, and after my examinations."
Angela M. Shihady, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Low Vision Optometrist
"Partners for Pediatric Vision provides a value-added experience for our patient's as well as valuable support services for parents. The Family Specialists provide such amazing follow-up for our families and bring a closer connection to our clinic and the services we provide. Additionally, our collaboration helps our young doctors learn the educational perspective needed to treat children with visual impairment and understand how to work closely with early interventionists and school districts to provide necessary services. It's a wonderful partnership and it has changed the way we work with families."
Catherine Heyman, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs,
Southern CA College of Optometry Marshall B. Ketchum University
" Partners for Pediatric Vision is a tremendously important part of our vision team. They develop a relationship with the child and the family in order to meet their individual needs. It is extremely beneficial to have Partners for Pediatric Vision Family Specialists attend the eye examinations with the child and family so that we can collaborate. As a doctor, we really appreciate the support from the Family Specialists including reminding the family how to perform the activities to help a child to use his or her glasses and low vision aids to learn and play. In addition, having Partners for Pediatric Vision at the appointments makes the visit to the eye doctor so much more fun! "
Bill Takeshita, O.D. F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D.
Parent Educator, Partners for Pediatric Vision