Making Patients Look Good

Optometry at UCSF is growing at a rapid clip, with increased acces as our goal,” says Joyce Hsieh, OD, supervising optometrist at UCSF Ophthalmology. Nine doctors of optometry (OD) now partner with ophthalmologists to meet the special needs of patients in the cornea, glaucoma, comprehensive, and pediatric ophthalmology clinics.“We also evaluate, manage, and treat our own patients in the optometry clinics,” adds Dr. Hsieh.

“Addressing vision impairment early saves many children from long-term sight disabilities.” – Optometrist Joyce Hsieh

Putting Kids First

UCSF recently added an optical shop just for children, adjacent to the Visual Center for the Child at Mission Bay. “In a standard optical shop, kids can be an afterthought,” comments Dr. Hsieh, “but our Mission Bay shop puts children’s needs front and center.” The shop’s focus on young patients underscores UCSF’s emphasis on early vision screening and care for children who may lack insurance or even regular access to healthcare.

“Catching and correcting even moderate refractive errors is essential to kids’ ability to learn and thrive,” says Dr. Hsieh. The optometrists provide eye care for many children, including those who face socioeconomic barriers. They work with social workers as needed to help improve attendance at appointments and continuity of care.

“Children usually do not report or even realize how poor their sight is,” notes Dr. Hsieh.“Addressing vision impairment early saves many children from long-term sight disabilities.” •

To meet the whole optometry team, visit www.thatmanmaysee.org/optometry.