Kristiane Ransbager, M.D. Pediatrics
North Valley Eye Care
Pediatric Ophthalmologist
Originally from a small town with a population of 2,000 in eastern Washington, Dr. Kristiane Ransbarger attended George Fox University near Portland, Oregon, later completing medical school and her fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine.

Wanting to return to the small town atmosphere she grew up in rather than work at one of the metropolitan universities, Dr. Ransbarger decided to move to Chico with her husband, Darron Ransbarger, a Chico local and ENT physician. Citing the lack of a full-time, fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologist within 80 miles of Butte County, Dr.Ransbarger joined the teams at North Valley Eye Care and Ridge Eye Care in 2012.

Since joining our team, Dr. Ransbarger has focused on treating patients for abnormal visual development, a condition known as amblyopia.
Amblyopia occurs when one or both eyes, though structurally normal, do not develop the ability to see clearly. Amblyopia can be caused by a high or asymmetric glasses prescription or misalignment of the eyes (strabismus).

Though relatively common, amblyopia treatment is highly effective when started at an early age. Vision screenings at school and pediatricians’ offices will often provide the cues to determine whether or not a visit to a pediatric ophthalmologist is necessary. Additionally, a family history of childhood eye disorders would warrant an exam to ensure preventative measures are taken to provide excellent visual development.

It can often be difficult to assess the need for a complete eye exam, as amblyopia can occur without symptoms. However, if your child is having difficulty focusing, if one of their eyes wanders or crosses at times, or if they can’t see in 3D during a 3D movie, a visit should be strongly considered. The sooner a problem is detected, the more likely it can be corrected. Other reasons for scheduling a visit with Dr. Ransbarger would include persistent tearing in one or both eyes or a droopy eyelid. Additionally, Dr. Ransbarger is trained to evaluate and treat adults with strabismus and double vision.

Though Dr. Ransbarger has remained true to her calling as a pediatric ophthalmologist, her focus has changed over the past five years from simply treating patients to ensuring that everyone has access to eye care. Serving the underserved population provides a proactive approach to healthcare that guarantees early detection and prevention of eye diseases and disorders. While allowing those who would normally not have access to eye care lead better and more fulfilling lives, this approach to healthcare also provides a massive cost savings for society as a whole down the road.

As a mother of three children—ages 6, 4, and 2—Dr. Ransbarger prides her practice on making sure parents have the most comfortable and efficient visit possible. Her office strives to limit long waiting periods, and she works in both Chico and Paradise to save families from having to make the trip in one direction or the other to see her. As any parent will likely agree, that level of accessibility is a godsend. She encourages parents to make sure their pediatrician conducts vision screenings and to request a recommendation to see an ophthalmologist if there is any cause for concern. As with most areas of health, the earlier a disorder is treated, the better the results.