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Meet the Ophthalmology Team

Ophthalmologists

Optometrists

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    Dr. Justine Grier joined the ophthalmology department in 2022 as a pediatric optometrist. After graduating cum laude from the Southern California College of Optometry, she moved to Boston for advanced training in pediatrics, completing the New England College of Optometry pediatric residency program. Dr. Grier is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

    Before moving to the DC area, Dr. Grier served as a clinical faculty member at both UMass Memorial Eye Center and New England Eye Center in Massachusetts. She is thrilled to now provide care exclusively to children, including management of refractive error, amblyopia, and binocular vision disorders. Her clinical interests include non-surgical management of strabismus, myopia control, and evidence-based vision therapy.

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Orthoptists

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    Cori Abrams, C.O, graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Maryland. She then went to Mount Sinai's New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and became a certified orthoptist and certified ophthalmic medical technologist in 1996. She has worked at the Retina Group of Washington and has been an orthopist at Children’s National Hospital since 1997.

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    Helia Garcia completed her orthoptic training at the School for Orthoptics at the University Eye Clinic in Zurich, Switzerland in 1998. She obtained the American Orthoptic Council certification in 1999. Helia joined Children's National Hospital in 2007 after working for years at the Dept. for Orthoptics/LV services Hans Goldmann Stiftung at lnselspita/Univ. of Berne in Switzerland eventually co-leading the department.

    She specializes in evaluations and treatments of disorders of the visual system, particularly involving binocular vision and eye movements to detect and manage conditions such as amblyopia, diplopia and complex strabismus. She outlines a customized treatment plan for the pediatric ophthalmologist and in given cases administers orthoptic exercises.

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    Will Poling, CO, COA, graduated from Towson University with a bachelor of science degree. He went on to work as an ophthalmic technician at a retina specialist in Baltimore, MD, where he was an ophthalmic photographer for various clinical research trials involving macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He then joined the staff at The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, where he worked as an ophthalmic technician and visual acuity examiner for the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment Trial (MUST). In 2018 he became a certified ophthalmic assistant (COA) through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). He completed his orthoptic fellowship at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and became a certified orthoptist (CO) in 2021. He specializes in pediatric and adult strabismus.

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    Yuxin Tian is a certified orthoptist and certified ophthalmic medical technologist who completed his orthoptic training at IWK Hospital for Children in Halifax, Canada in 2011. He joined Children’s National Hospital in early 2012. He specializes in testing, diagnosing and providing orthoptic treatments of strabismus and amblyopia. He is also skilled in objective and subjective refraction, fundus photography, visual field and field of binocular single vision, optical coherence tomography, keratometry and other ophthalmic techniques. He received Clinical Vision Science Scholarship Award in 2010.

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