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Helping Maggie Improve her Eyesight

150 Years Stronger Patient Story Maggie

Children’s National Hospital ophthalmologist Dr. Marijean Miller changed the life of 33-year old actress Maggie. After a stroke resulted in strabismus, Maggie could not align both eyes simultaneously and experienced debilitating double vision. The eye disorder is common in children, but few adult ophthalmologists treat it.

Dr. Miller is a pediatric expert who takes on adult surgical cases in patients up to age 35. “Maggie had spent weeks in the intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and had months of rehab and facial nerve surgery,” Dr. Miller says, “She was the kind of patient you rush to help.”

Two complex surgeries transposed Maggie’s eye muscles, giving her back a functional zone of single vision. The care she received enabled her to get back to doing what she loves, including acting on stage and riding her recumbent tricycle. “All because I can see better,” Maggie says.

“Every day at Children’s National, I have the opportunity to do good,” says Dr. Miller. “I love that.”