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Local children helping physicians across the country learn more about eye care

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BOARDMAN, Ohio - Vision disorders are somewhat of a common problem among children.

According to the American Optometric Association, 25% of school-aged kids suffer from vision impairment.

And while treating patients with those complications s nothing new for Dr. Sergul Erzurum, what she learns from each appointment is new and what's helping her and other physicians across the country further understand pediatric eye care.

"Through this group of pediatric ophthalmologists and optometrists we are able to do research on a national and international level to get answers to questions about children's eye care," said Dr. Erzurum with Eye Care Associates.

Dr. Erzurum serves as a principal investigator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, also known as PEDIG. She is currently involved in about a half a dozen studies, researching topics such as cataract surgery in children, the best methods for correcting drifting eyes and how to best treat farsightedness in children.

"So we're, right now, enrolling children who are farsighted and monitoring them and seeing if there is any benefit to giving glasses to a subgroup of those children or can you just monitor them and not give them glasses, can you predict which ones are going to have a problem down the road with crossing of the eyes or developing a lazy eye," Dr. Erzurum said.

Questions Dr. Erzurum and other PEDIG researchers hope to have answers to within the next six months.

"I get to pick and choose which studies I would like to be involved in. So, the ones I've selected I specifically have questions on. So when I sit in the room and talk to mom and dad and say I don't know which way is the better way to go and now we have a national group that is helping us decide and will help us monitor and see what's the best outcome. So your child is actually helping future children," Dr. Erzurum said.

If you would like to learn more, contact Eye Care Associates at 330-746-7691.

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