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Child-Friendly Clinic Greets CHOC Ophthalmology Patients

A lush courtyard and bubbling fountains welcome visitors outside CHOC’s new Ophthalmology Clinic. Inside the clinic, a mural invites patients to step into a secret garden, with a castle in the distance, a purple dragon peeking behind a brick wall and magical objects and animals hidden throughout. Dr. David Sami, MD, division chief, ophthalmology, CHOC Physician Subspecialty Faculty, jokes, “there is even an invisible gnome in the picture; can you see him?”

CHOC’s new outpatient ophthalmology facility features functional and aesthetic elements to accommodate the needs of children and their caretakers, with an emphasis on creating an environment that is receptive to children who are ill.

The clinic incorporates state-of-the-art equipment and features spacious exam rooms and innovative designs to meet the needs of physically-challenged children. According to Dr. Sami, “everything in the clinic is designed for children, from the sizes of the chairs to the layout of the exam rooms, which are identical, so children experience consistency every time they visit.”

The Ophthalmology Clinic provides screening, treatment and surgery for a variety of ophthalmic disorders, including strabismus (eye muscle disorders), infantile and childhood cataracts, pediatric glaucoma, traumatic eye injuries in children and complications of ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity).

“Most of our patients are referred from community pediatricians, but we also see children from CHOC who have visual complications related to craniofacial disorders, cancers, and systemic diseases. Because of our relationship with CHOC, many of the children we see have a high acuity of disease,” Dr. Sami says.

Dr. David Sami, a board certified ophthalmologist, completed his medical school and internship at UCLA, and his residency in Ophthalmology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He also completed two fellowships in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, England; and the Harvard fellowship program of Children’s Hospital Boston. To find out how you can make a gift to the CHOC Ophthalmology Clinic, call 714-532-8690.


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