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Gitschlag and Schmitt MD

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Nice man, but not proactive 8/31/2009

Dr. Gitschlag is indeed a nice man and if your child's eye issues are routine, than he is probably suitable for your needs. However, my daughter has complex eye issues - ptosis (droopy eyelids) and amblyopia - and Dr. Gitschlag has adopted a very "wait and see" attitude with us. He did not won't to do surgery as it will "just need to be repeated". Yes, that is common with eye issues - mulitple surgeries but you don't NOT do it because you may have to repeat. As an infant, 85% of input and development is vision related, I was not content to wait until she is 3 (as Gitschlag recommended) to address her eye issues. He also fatalistically told us that our child had cortical blindness and probably could not see at all. We ended up going to Vanderbilt where the opthamologist ordered two eye surgeries she desperately needed. The doctor there said it could not wait as her eyelids were covering her pupil and she was not getting adequate visual input. We have worked with a vision specialist therapist who has been able to get my daughter to track objects visually - something she could not do if she was blind!!!! I am not alone in my experience. At Children's Rehab Center where my daughter attends therapy, several mothers have given up on Gitschlag to go to elsewhere (Chattanooga, Vanderbilt) where the doctors are willing to aggressively prevent vision loss for their children. Again, Dr. Gitschlag is a nice man, I will agree and I am sure he is great if you have an older child. However, if you have an infant who needs more than glasses, I recommend you go elsewhere! more
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