Background

Carly J. Grondin, OD, MPH, is a pediatric optometrist with the Division of Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Her aim with each child she sees is to lay the foundation for their future good health.

“I want to form positive healthcare experiences for children at a young age so they understand the value of health maintenance and carry these practices into adulthood,” she says. “The eyes are the main sensory organ through which children explore their world. Thus, being an advocate to ensure healthy eyes and optimal visual development and performance is a very worthwhile endeavor.”

Dr. Grondin is involved with research into the prevalence of eye-related pathology in patients with deafness and/or hearing loss. Her goal is to identify children with multi-sensory impairment and improve their quality of life through prevention or treatment.

She has a special interest in working with children who have amblyopia, which is a delay in vision development (more informally known as lazy eye). Tools are now available to identify children at risk for amblyopia earlier than ever before, and she expects that in the future, pediatricians will routinely screen for various eye disorders, with early detection ultimately leading to better ocular health for children.

“Our goal is not only to ensure that our pediatric patients have functional vision as children, but their vision develops to its fullest potential as adults,” Dr. Grondin says.

In her clinical work, Dr. Grondin wants families to know that the overall health of their children is a priority at CHOP.

“I would like each family to feel as if the holistic health and well-being of their child is truly valued by the providers that they are seeing,” she says.

Education and Training

Residency

Ocular Disease - Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, NY

Additional Training

Certificate of Advanced Clinical Competency in Optometric Residency Education - State University of New York College of Optometry, New York, NY

Graduate Degree

MPH - Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, Philadelphia, PA
Doctor of Optometry - Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Optometrist

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Awards and Honors

2016, VSP/AOF Practice Excellence Scholarship
2016, Phillips Academic Achievement Scholarship Recipient
2015, Whitener Public Health Scholarship Recipient
2015, AAO Student Fellow

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2015-present, Beta Sigma Kappa Member
2015-present, American Academy of Optometry, Fellow
2014-present, American Optometric Association
2013-present, Pre-Optometry Club Member
2013-present, Alpha Chi Member
2013-present, PSI CHI Member (UNE chapter)