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Division Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology

Ira A. Abrahamson Jr., MD Chair, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology

Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology

513-803-3013

513-636-7911

Board Certified

My Biography & Research

Biography

As a pediatric eye doctor and division director in pediatric ophthalmology, I generally care for patients with more complicated eye conditions.

I try to make sure that parents understand their child's eye problem and work with them to provide the best care possible — whether their child’s condition is simple or complex. I care for children with nystagmus with abnormal head postures, pediatric cataracts, pediatric glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity and strabismus. I have a special interest in superior oblique palsies, and I also treat adults with strabismus.

At Cincinnati Children’s, we use a team approach. Even if a child graduates from my care and sees another physician on our team, I am still available to see them if his or her condition worsens and requires my special expertise.

I developed a fascination with eye movements when studying biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins. Always attracted to the brain, in medical school I cultivated an interest in ophthalmology. My pediatric ophthalmology professors at the University of Southern California were compassionate, kind and very knowledgeable role models. They influenced me to go into advanced pediatric ophthalmology training. My mentors at the University of Michigan, Steve Archer, MD, and Monte Del Monte, MD, provided personalized training in the final stage of my formal education.

My research focuses on understanding and improving care for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). I study:

  • Better treatments with low dose anti-VEGF (Anti–vascular endothelial growth factor) therapy agents that stop the growth of extra blood vessels and improve vision.
  • Better prediction of which premature infants will develop ROP. This could lead to improved screening guidelines, letting us screen fewer infants at low risk.

I’m humbled to have received honor awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). I’ve also served on the editorial board for the Journal of AAPOS.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy playing the piano and attending my kids’ activities — whether dance or golf. I also like watching basketball and football.

Clinical Interests

Cataract; glaucoma; pediatric and adult strabismus; surgery for nystagmus patients with abnormal head posture; periocular capillary hemangiomas; retinopathy of prematurity

Research Interests

Retinopathy of prematurity; periocular drug delivery; genetics of glaucoma and aniridia

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology

Clinical Divisions

Ophthalmology, Sturge-Weber Syndrome

Research Divisions

Ophthalmology

My Locations

My Education

BS: Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1988.

MD: Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Joint Program in Health Sciences and Technology, Boston, MA, 1993.

Internship: Internal Medicine, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Boston, MA, 1993-1994.

Residency: Ophthalmology, Estelle Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California/LosAngeles County Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, 1994-1997.

Fellowship: Pediatric Ophthalmology, W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1998-1999.

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2000; Recertified 2011.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Short-term Outcomes after Very Low-Dose Intravitreous Bevacizumab for Retinopathy of Prematurity. Wallace, DK; Kraker, RT; Freedman, SF; Crouch, ER; Bhatt, AR; Hartnett, ME; Yang, MB; Rogers, DL; Hutchinson, AK; VanderVeen, DK; et al. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2020; 138:698-701.

Validation of the Postnatal Growth and Retinopathy of Prematurity Screening Criteria. Yang, MB; Yu, Y; Ying, G; Duros, TB; Nguyen, A; Maguire, MG; Brightwell-Arnold, M; Shaffer, J; Blanco, M; Brown, T; et al. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2020; 138:31-37.

Treatment of non–type 1 retinopathy of prematurity in the Postnatal Growth and Retinopathy of Prematurity (G-ROP) study. Liu, T; Tomlinson, LA; Ying, GS; Yang, MB; Binenbaum, G. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2019; 23:332.e1-332.e6.

Effects of Myo-inositol on Type 1 Retinopathy of Prematurity Among Preterm Infants < 28="" weeks'="" gestational="" age="" a="" randomized="" clinical="">. Phelps, DL; Watterberg, KL; Nolen, TL; Cole, CA; Cotten, CM; Oh, W; Poindexter, BB; Zaterka-Baxter, KM; Das, A; Lacy, CB; et al. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2018; 320:1649-1658.

Cataract development associated with long-term glucocorticoid therapy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients. Rice, ML; Wong, B; Horn, PS; Yang, MB. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2018; 22:192-196.

Assessment of Lower Doses of Intravitreous Bevacizumab for Retinopathy of Prematurity A Phase 1 Dosing Study. Wallace, DK; Kraker, RT; Freedman, SF; Crouch, ER; Hutchinson, AK; Bhatt, AR; Rogers, DL; Yang, MB; Haider, KM; VanderVeen, DK; et al. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2017; 135:654-656.

Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Therapy for Primary Treatment of Type 1 Retinopathy of Prematurity: A Report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. VanderVeen, DK; Melia, M; Yang, MB; Hutchinson, AK; Wilson, LB; Lambert, SR. Ophthalmology: Journal of The American Academy of Ophthalmology. 2017; 124:619-633.

Length of Day during Early Gestation as a Predictor of Risk for Severe Retinopathy of Prematurity. Yang, MB; Rao, S; Copenhagen, DR; Lang, RA. Ophthalmology: Journal of The American Academy of Ophthalmology. 2013; 120:2706-2713.

A direct and melanopsin-dependent fetal light response regulates mouse eye development. Rao, S; Chun, C; Fan, J; Kofron, JM; Yang, MB; Hegde, RS; Ferrara, N; Copenhagen, DR; Lang, RA. Nature. 2013; 494:243-246.

Race, gender, and clinical risk index for babies (CRIB) score as predictors of severe retinopathy of prematurity. Yang, MB; Donovan, EF; Wagge, JR. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2006; 10:253-261.