Ariel Cerenzie, OD, FAAO, FSLS

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Dr. Ariel Cerenzie graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Texas A&M University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences.

Dr. Ariel Cerenzie was born and raised in a small town in West Texas. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Texas A&M University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. While at A&M, she enjoyed competing with the Texas A&M Waterski Team.

After completing her bachelor's, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston College of Optometry. During optometry school, she was selected for the university’s Dry Eye Specialty Clinic, which provided her with extensive education and clinical management of dry eye disease.

Upon graduating, Dr. Cerenzie completed an additional year of residency training in cornea and contact lenses at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. She specializes in fitting patients with keratoconus, post-corneal grafts, and other corneal degenerations/dystrophies, as well as patients that have high astigmatism, large prescriptions, or patients that just want better vision through contact lenses.

Dr. Cerenzie has earned a fellowship in both the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society. She is also a member of the National Keratoconus Foundation.

Dr. Cerenzie enjoys traveling, going to the gym, being outdoors, sipping wine on her porch, and spending time with her husband, James, daughter, Sofie, and pups, Remi & Otis.

A Passion For Myopia Control

During Dr. Cerenzie’s residency, she developed a passion for myopia management. Myopia, or near-sightedness, is the ability to see clearly up close while objects in the distance are blurry. Research shows that myopia is developing earlier in children than ever before. Studies on myopia conclude that this trend is secondary to the increased time spent on near activities, such as digital devices and increased demands of schoolwork. In addition, less outdoor time is thought to play a role.

Once a child is affected by myopia, it is likely that they will progress rapidly. This is a concern for the future of children’s vision, as they will become increasingly dependent on vision correction with time. Often progression is so rapid, that the child’s prescription may be too high for LASIK or other options later in life.

Dr. Cerenzie works extensively with specialty contact lenses that slow the progression of myopia by 40-60%. The two FDA-approved contact lenses that provide therapeutic reduction of myopia are orthokeratology contact lenses (ortho-k) and MiSight daily disposable contact lenses.

There is no age limit for myopia control and Dr. Cerenzie has experience with patients as young as 7 or 8 years old that begin therapy. Dr. Cerenzie is accepting myopia therapy patients daily and would love to determine if your child is a good candidate for treatment.

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