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Afshari, Natalie A. Baxter, Sally L. Borooah, Shyamanga Brown, Stuart I. Camp, Andrew Do, Jiun Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Hennein, Lauren Huang, Alex A. Huang, Lingling Kikkawa, Don O. Kline, Lanning Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Liu, Catherine Y. Moghimi, Sasan Movaghar, Mansoor Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Puig-Llano, Manuel Robbins, Shira L. Rudell, Jolene Savino, Peter J. Scott, Nathan L. Spencer, Doran B. Toomey, Christopher B. Vasile, Cristiana Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S.
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Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Cataracts Dry Eye Clinic Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ocular Oncology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic Uveitis
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AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Cataracts Corneal Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Cancer Eye Movement Disorders Glaucoma Hereditary (Genetic) Disorders Low Vision Neuro-Ophthalmic Conditions Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pediatric Conditions Refractive Errors Retinal Diseases Strabismus (Strabimus) Thyroid Eye Disease Uveitis
Shira L. Robbins, MD, FAAO, FAAP

Shira L. Robbins, MD, FAAO, FAAP

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Educational Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology / Strabismus Division
Vice President Medical Staff UC San Diego Health

Board Certification in Ophthalmology
Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Specialty Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders
Medical School Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital
Residency Hahnemann University Hospital
Fellowship University of California San Diego & Naval Medical Center
Special Interest Strabismus / eye misalignment / double vision in children and adults; Retinopathy of prematurity; Pediatric glaucoma, Nasolacrimal duct disorders; Congenital eye syndromes; Craniofacial syndromes; Systemic diseases affecting the eyes; Amblyopia
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Shira Robbins, M.D., Clinical Professor, specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Eye Re-Alignment. Dr. Robbins received her M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her residency in ophthalmology at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Robbins excelled during her fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology at UC San Diego and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Robbins’ practice focuses exclusively on pediatric ophthalmology and adult eye re-alignment. Her clinical interests encompass pediatric patients with vision and ocular complaints, amblyopia, strabismus (eye misalignment), retinopathy of prematurity, pediatric glaucoma and cataracts (including intraocular lens placement), congenital eye syndromes, craniofacial syndromes, nystagmus, learning disabilities, nasolacrimal tear duct disorders, genetic ocular disorders, and systemic diseases affecting the eyes. Her adult practice includes patients with double vision, strabismus, and visual strain complaints.

Dr. Robbins was recently inducted into the prestigious Academy of Clinician Scholars at UC San Diego and has been nominated for the Leonard Tow Award for Humanism in Medicine. The author of over 40 scientific articles and book chapters, Dr. Robbins has been an invited lecturer at national and international meetings. She co-edited the new book, “Challenging Cases in Pediatric Ophthalmology” commissioned by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She has received numerous awards for being an accomplished physician and scientist. Dr. Robbins has been voted by her peers as one of the ‘Best Doctors in America’ and a local San Diego ‘Top Doc.’

Dr. Robbins performs research to preserve and protect the vision of premature children. Her research targets improving how doctors diagnose, prevent and treat blinding diseases in the smallest most vulnerable of infants. She is currently investigating the role of nutrition in premature infant eye disease development. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recognized Dr. Robbins by providing grant support of her research efforts. An avid tennis player, Dr. Robbins and her husband reside in San Diego with their 2 daughters.


The Shiley Eye Center and Dr. Robbins literally opened up my eyes and life.

I have had strabismus from childhood. Every optical appointment ended with the same prognosis: “we are very sorry there is nothing we can do to help you.” My prescription would be adjusted, prisms recommended and I would adapt myself to live with strabismus.

After LASIK surgery my strabismus worsened. I began having double vision, headaches, eye pain and nausea. It was becoming increasingly difficult to work.
Luckily for me my insurance changed as my symptoms worsened. Shiley Eye Center was now an optical option. During my first appointment the optometrist asked how long I have had strabismus. I replied since childhood. She asked why I have never had anything done. I told her what I had always been told: there is nothing that can be done. She told me she thought Dr. Robbins could help me and encouraged me to make an appointment.

Dr. Robbins is an amazing professional with a caring, healing personality. She patiently explained to me why my eyes are not working together and how she planned to help me to eliminate the double vision and headaches. I was very excited and hopeful.

After surgery within days my headaches subsided, the double vision gradually decreased over six months and within a year I rarely had any. I followed the exercises they gave me along with always wearing either my glasses or contact lenses. I now have to be very tired to experience double vision and resting my eyes will eliminate it.

My life has been enriched immensely. Daily life is full with reading, knitting and sewing. I can now drive without closing one eye. I had two serious bicycle accidents prior to my surgery, I can now bike and hike again with the expansion of my field of vision and sense of depth.

I never realized my neck pain was a result of twisting my head trying to eliminate the double vision. My children no longer ask: ”Mom which eye should I talk to? Can you see me here? Here?”  Now we laugh I no longer have eyes in the back of my head!

My life was gradually narrowing as I aged and I thought nothing could be done. Now I do not have enough time in the day to get everything done.

Thank you Dr. Robbins and Shiley Eye Center!   ~ Stephanie


Thank you to the Shiley Eye Center!

Dr. Robbins has changed my grandson’s life… there are so many ways the operation she performed has made a difference for him. In addition she has changed all of our lives. I used to think that he was mentally challenged but now that his eyes are both working together, his reactions are totally appropriate and he relates to his world very well. The surgery she performed has set my mind at ease. It has also taken a huge burden from his parents’ shoulders. They knew they needed to do something sometime, but through her willingness to answer all our questions they finally realized that the surgery was needed and as soon as possible to insure the best possible outcome. Dr. Robbins’ calmness and confidence were very reassuring to all of us as we made each step through this unfamiliar process.

We can never really repay the gift that Dr. Robbins has given us but can only thank you with our continuing gratitude and goodwill. It makes me very happy to know that she truly “gets” the life-changing contribution that your doctors make in this world.

~ Grandma

This place is different.

To the Ratner Eye Center team,

On 02/06/18 my son accompanied me to the Ratner Eye Center for my appointment.  At the Center we were welcomed by a receptionist who explained in detail the procedure for the examination.  After the cordial reception, I said to my son, “this place is different.”  He agreed and added, “They make you feel so welcome.”
Soon the receptionist escorted us to the room where Dr. Kim gave me the most thorough eye exam.  Dr. Kim reported his findings to Dr. Robbins who gave me her analysis and her plan of how we could work together to solve my visual problem.  She was very professional, but also very friendly.  She made me feel like I was one of her good friends.  She gave me hope that my vision would get better and that she was there to assist me in the process.
My son and I left the Center and again agreed that “The Ratner Eye Center was different.”  It was the Best!

Thank you for treating me so special!

Charles T. White

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