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Terry L. Schwartz, MD

  • Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology
I work with a multidisciplinary team that includes family, teachers and occupational therapists to help children make the most of their remaining vision.
Terry L. Schwartz, MD



I was inspired to become a pediatric ophthalmologist because of the importance of vision in all aspects of life. I am a clinician specializing in low vision rehabilitation for children with permanent vision loss and CVI (cerebral/cortical visual impairment).

As the medical director of the Cincinnati Children’s Pediatric Low Vision Program, I work with a multidisciplinary team that includes a child’s family, TVIs (teacher of students with visual impairment), O&M instructor (orientation and mobility), and occupational therapists to help children make the most of their remaining vision.

I have been recognized by my peers by my selection in Best Doctors in America from 2008 to 2024, and in Cincinnati Magazine’s Top Doctors in Cincinnati from 2013 to 2020. In 2015, I received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati.

In my research, we are investigating ways to improve the evaluation and treatment of brain-based vision impairment and low vision rehabilitation.

When I’m not helping patients, I enjoy spending time with my family, bicycle riding, and traveling.

BS: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1976.

MD: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV, 1982.

Internship: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1982-1983.

Residency: Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1985-1988.

Fellowship: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 1988-1989.

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"Even though a lot of kids have it, not a lot of people have knowledge of it ": A qualitative study exploring the perspectives of parents of children with cerebral/cortical visual impairment. Oliver, H; Seccurro, D; Dorich, J; Rice, M; Schwartz, T; Harpster, K. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2023; 135:104443.

Long-Term Anatomic and Visual Outcomes of Planned Preterm Delivery and Treatment of Norrie Disease. Sisk, RA; Miraldi-Utz, V; Schwartz, TL; Hufnagel, RB; Ahmed, ZM. OSLIRetina. 2022; 53:464-467.

Functional goals and intervention planning in children with cerebral visual impairment. Schwartz, T; Harpster, K; Liveccae, A; Middlecamp, C. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2022; 26:e30-e31.

Exploring the Need for Education on Cortical Visual Impairment Among Occupational Therapy Professionals and Teachers of Students With Visual Impairments. Harpster, K; Hamilton, S; Lusk, KE; Seastone, AM; Fox, AE; Rice, ML; Schwartz, T. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 2022; 116:451-460.

Plasma Levels of Bevacizumab and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor After Low-Dose Bevacizumab Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity in Infants. Hartnett, ME; Wallace, DK; Dean, TW; Li, Z; Boente, CS; Dosunmu, EO; Freedman, SF; Golden, RP; Kong, L; Prakalapakorn, SG; et al. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2022; 140:337-344.

Brain microstructural antecedents of visual difficulties in infants born very preterm. Chandwani, R; Harpster, K; Kline, JE; Mehta, V; Wang, H; Merhar, SL; Schwartz, TL; Parikh, NA. NeuroImage-Clinical. 2022; 34:102987.

Physician Prescribing and Referral Patterns in Children with Cerebral Visual Impairment. Rice, ML; Sandoval, MA; Castleberry, KM; Schwartz, TL. Optometry and Vision Science. 2021; 98:1078-1084.

Cerebral visual impairment (CVI) education and practice reported by practicing ophthalmologists and optometrists. Sandoval, M; Rice, M; Shah, V; Castleberry, K; Schwartz, T. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2021; 25:e45-e46.

Prevalence of cerebral visual impairment (CVI) education during ophthalmology and optometry training programs. Castleberry, K; Sandoval, M; Rice, M; Shah, V; Schwartz, T. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2021; 25:e34.

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