Nationwide Vision Pediatric Vision Clinics
Nationwide Vision is pleased to announce the opening of our Pediatric Vision Clinics. Our office provides a full range of pediatric eye care services for infants, toddlers, school-age children as well as those with special needs. Our Pediatric Optometrist provides comprehensive eye health and vision examinations to ensure that every child grows up with healthy eyes and functional vision.
Why Early Eye Exams Are So Important
Children learn to see through experience, much like they learn to walk and talk. Amblyopia, otherwise known as “lazy eye”, is the most common cause of preventable blindness in children. Vision loss usually occurs in one eye, although it can in rarer forms affect both eyes. This type of “blindness” results from a failure to use both eyes together. It can be caused by the presence of strabismus (crossed eyes), unequal refractive error (farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism), or a physical obstruction of vision (cataract) present at birth. If there is a large enough difference in the degree of farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism between the two eyes or if they are crossed, the brain learns to ignore the image from the amblyopic eye in favor of the other. Unfortunately, because there are often no obvious signs that a young child is favoring only one eye it commonly goes undetected until later in life. When caught early amblyopia “lazy eye” is treatable. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Optometric Association encourage early eye exams. Parents are encouraged to have their infant’s first eye exam prior to age 2.
Our Pediatric Services
Our Pediatric Optometrist manages eye conditions that can occur throughout childhood. Our services routinely include but are not limited to the following:
- Amblyopia (“lazy eyes”)
- Strabismus (crossed or wandering eyes)
- Blurred vision caused by nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
- Eye movement disorders
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
- Hordeolum (Stye)
- Blocked tear ducts in young children
- Eye injuries and infections
- Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
- Ptosis (droopy eyelids)
- Various congenital ocular abnormalities
- Evaluations for learning and reading issues
- Evaluations for eye problems a ssociated with genetic syndromes.
- Eye screening for systemic conditions like juvenile arthritis, diabetes, neurofibromatosis and others.
- Additional Services Offered
- Vision Therapy
- Pediatric glasses through our optical shop
- Visual field (peripheral vision) testing
- Ocular photography
- Coordinated eye care with various other specialists.
For More Information Contact
Dr. Ghadeer Makoshi
Dr. Makoshi attended Pacific University College of Optometry where she obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Pediatric Optometry as well as a Doctorate of Optometry in 2008. Upon graduation she was recognized with the Tole Greenstein Award for exceptional performance in the areas of binocular vision, vision therapy, and pediatric vision and the COVD Award for excellence in vision therapy. Dr. Makoshi went on to complete a residency in pediatric optometry at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. There she received advanced training in the specialty areas of infant vision, strabismus, amblyopia, pediatric eye disease, developmental delays and premature birth. Dr. Makoshi obtained her fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in 2010.
- Dr. Ghadeer Makoshi
- 2222 E. Camelback Road, Suite 250
- Phoenix, AZ 85016
- Dr. Ghadeer Makoshi
- 1240 W. Southern Ave/Alma School, Suite 101
- Mesa, AZ 8210