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Sarah L. Lopper, OD, FAAO


  • Pediatric Optometrist, Division of Ophthalmology
  • Instructor, UC Department of Ophthalmology
When I see patients, I make sure the first thing I do when I enter the room is to listen. I take the time to talk with each child, so they feel comfortable with the eye exam. I want to hear — in their own words — how they are doing and what is going on with their eyes and vision. My patients should look forward to coming back, and I hope they think of the eye exam as a 'fun' doctor visit.

About

Biography

I am a pediatric optometrist at Cincinnati Children’s, where I have worked in the Division of Ophthalmology since 2001. I specialize in caring for children with ocular inflammation related to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and pediatric low vision rehabilitation. I also serve as the senior optometrist for our division.

My love of working with and helping children began during a high school summer job teaching kids how to swim. A college summer internship showed me this field was a perfect match for me. I could help children and work in the medical field.

When I see patients, I make sure the first thing I do when I enter the room is to listen. I take the time to talk with each child, so they feel comfortable with the eye exam. I want to hear — in their own words — how they are doing and what is going on with their eyes and vision. My patients should look forward to coming back, and I hope they think of the eye exam as a "fun" doctor visit.

I gain great pride and satisfaction working on numerous quality improvement projects at Cincinnati Children’s. As part of the patient care algorithm, I help children diagnosed with lazy eye get the care they need. In my work with the pediatric low vision team, I ensure children receive low vision rehabilitation at school and at home. I enjoy our partnership with the Rheumatology Department. Together, we implemented eye screening guidelines for children diagnosed with JIA that improves their outcomes.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our young daughter and our dog, Rizzo. I also serve on the board of trustees at the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

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Publications

Effectiveness of long-term infliximab use and impact of treatment adherence on disease control in refractory, non-infectious pediatric uveitis. Utz, VM; Bulas, S; Lopper, S; Fenchel, M; Sa, T; Mehta, M; Ash, D; Lovell, DJ; Kaufman, AH. Pediatric Rheumatology. 2019; 17.

Efficacy of infliximab treatment and effect of treatment adherence on disease control in children with severe, refractory uveitis. Miraldi Utz, VA; Bulas, S; Lopper, S; Lovell, DJ; Ting, S; Kaufman, AH. Journal of AAPOS. 2018; 22:e51-e52.

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4 Signs Your Child May Need to Visit the Eye Doctor
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4 Signs Your Child May Need to Visit the Eye Doctor

By Sarah Lopper, OD, FAAO3/3/2017