PEDIATRIC EYE CONDITIONS > Child Eye Care
WHEN YOU BRING YOUR CHILD TO SEE DR. WASSERMAN
Along with his skills as a LASIK surgeon, Dr. Wasserman is a Fellowship trained, Board certified Pediatric ophthalmologist. Having two children of his own, he understands the concerns of parents. He will always take the time to answer all questions and be sure parents are thoroughly informed and comfortable.
Dr. Wasserman has an extensive background in pediatric eye surgery and the surgical correction of eye muscle disorders in adults and children. Children with other medical problems or developmental delay may have associated eye disorders. Dr. Wasserman spent his fellowship at Riley Children’s Hospital at Indiana University Medical Center, where he specifically trained to take care of children’s special needs.
Children are not always able to say what is bothering them or answer medical questions. Dr. Wasserman is adept at treating children in a way that helps them be relaxed and enjoy their visit.
On pediatric days the staff totally transforms the normally adult waiting room to include toys, videos, reading materials for children, even the pictures on the walls are changed to make the office environment more comfortable for a child.
Having spent a year working in a children’s hospital makes Dr. Wasserman completely comfortable with the special needs of children. He is a clinical instructor at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, and assistant clinical professor at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson medical school. At UMDNJ-Cooper University Hospital, he examines children and even treats newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit at both Cooper and St. Peter's University Hospital. He also examines and treats premature infants for Retinopathy of Prematurity at St. Peter's University Hospital.
In July, 2004 Dr. Wasserman spent his vacation in the Dominican Republic as part of a team of professionals from "Healing the Children."
The group consisted of four ophthalmologists, one cardiologist, a team of nurses and anesthesiologists, and one optometrist. Collectively they saw a total of 450 children, performed 84 surgeries and prescribed 95 pairs of glasses.
Most of the surgeries Dr. Wasserman performed were to correct strabismus and eyelid abnormalities. Dr. Wasserman remembers, “In spite of the language barrier and cultural differences, it was clear to me that some things are universal: kids are kids, and parents love their kids and want them to be healthy and happy. With my limited ability to speak Spanish I attempted to let parents know that: I would treat their children like they were my own, and I would be operating with my heart, not just my hands."