Tammy Movsas is the founder of children’s eye health care called Zietchick Research Institute. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist with extensive skills when it comes to the area of preventive medicine. Having started this business in 2012, she has been developing it diligently with the help of many associates with credentials to match hers. Now, Zietchick Research Institute is one of the leaders in the field of children’s eye health care and novel treatments that target infants and their mothers. One of the main contributors to such growth comes from a large federal grant that this business obtained only a year after it was stared. Due to its futuristic vision and dedication to research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development and other donors continue to support the business on a financial basis.
What is the most common problem that you experience when it comes to your patients?
It really depends. I have treated dozens of kids for Amblyopia or lazy eye disorder, and that one seems to be rather common. Regardless, being in this field means that I get in-depth exposure to a ton of different conditions. Also, I am currently more on the research side of things which minimizes the number patient interactions that take place during my regular hours.
What made you dedicate such a large part of your career to research?
I think that it was the same internal drive to discover new things that every scientist possesses. Although I enjoy working with people more than you can imagine, spending time doing life-altering research is very fulfilling and makes it possible to help more patients whose problems pertain to what I am working on.
Has the business side of your enterprise been difficult to manage?
To experienced businessmen or women, the answer to that question would probably be no. In my case, however, it has been one of the most tedious parts of this entire endeavor. As you may imagine, a person who works in science is seldom naturally skilled at being an entrepreneur, and I was no exception to this unwritten rule. Thus, I went through a period of 12-24 months where my learning curve for business-related things was amazingly steep. Nowadays, however, I have practically become an expert on all the things that relate to my company as I have done them enough times to teach a class.
What are some of the ways that people can maintain good eye health?
First, getting a regular exam is necessary to uncover any problems that might be arising. Those who do that can often get ahead of any conditions that are starting to develop, and the treatment can help them faster. Also, I am a strong advocate for eyewear that protects active individuals. This involves everything from swimming goggles to racquetball glasses that will reduce the risk of physical injuries to the eye socket or the eye itself. Lastly, eating habits are a large part of good eye health. Having a colorful diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables while staying away from things like cigarettes can help one’s sight enormously.
What would you advise your patients who visit you as their preventive medicine specialist?
Something very similar to the above. I often work with people who might be fighting diabetes to some extent and my most common advice to them is to alter their diet. Many individuals fail to realize the far-reaching consequences of every single meal that may be outside of the scope of what their nutritional needs are. This facilitates the occurrence of various conditions in the long run.
What is the main difference between working with adults and infants?
There are many notable ones. First, an adult can actually verbally confirm things for you and makes the diagnostic part of the treatment easy. In case of infants, a lot of them have still not developed their speech abilities and cannot answer any questions. Thus, methods like retinoscopy or even acuity cards tend to be the best way to determine if a baby has eye prescription that mandates glasses. Still, the additional amount of time spends diagnosing an infant well worth it once they finally start looking at the world through the corrective lenses and their face lights up with a smile.
What are some of your current projects?
There are a few that have been taking place at Zietchick Research Institute’s laboratories. Most importantly, we are working to develop eye vitamins for premature infants. These are not necessary for full-term babies as breast milk will generally be enough for their growth. In case of those born before the full duration of the pregnancy took place, we look at how much additional nutrients will be necessary to help them develop properly.