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    Famous artist, ophthalmologist team up so children can see ‘brighter’

     

    The paintings have also helped change the children’s perceptions of follow-up visits. Whereas in the past, children would “hate” coming for their eye visits, she now hears anecdotes of children asking their parents when they will be going back to see ‘The Picture Lady (Dr. Maling).’

    Dr. Maling discovered that the paintings also served as a helpful component for clinical eye exams.Sarah Maling, MD, (left) with Liz Williams, Blake's archivist (right). (Photos courtesy of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust)

    “It means there are things I can get them to talk about,” Dr. Maling said. “If you’re trying to work out whether kids can see or not, it’s much easier if you can take them out [to the corridor] and show them images that they know and say, ‘What can you see?’, ‘What color is his jacket?’, and that sort of stuff. It’s really useful for that.”

    “But to tell you the truth, the adults quite like coming over to this part of the hospital as well because it is brighter,” Dr. Maling said. “I think more than anything else, these make people smile.”

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    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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