We found 6 pediatric ophthalmologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Columbia, MD.

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
6100 Day Long Drive, Suite 107; River Hill Professional Center
Clarksville, MD
 

Dr. Dean Fiergang's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Before performing his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Dr. Fiergang attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fiergang include strabismus. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. His professional affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and Maryland General Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway; Suite 101
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Scott Becker is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. In his practice, Dr. Becker focuses on glaucoma. He is affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Becker accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway; Suite 101
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Lenard Hammer is a pediatric ophthalmologist in Columbia, MD and Olney, MD. Clinical interests for Dr. Hammer include glaucoma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Johns Hopkins Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Nassau University Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Hammer honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems, Glaucoma

Dr. Joanne Marie Waeltermann, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1011 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD
 

Dr. Joanne Waeltermann is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist. Dr. Waeltermann attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit for residency. In her practice, Dr. Waeltermann focuses on amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus. She is rated highly by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. She has received the distinction of Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Dr. Waeltermann is affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Amblyopia, Strabismus, Eye Problems

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
2100 Ganton Green; B-203
Woodstock, MD
 

Dr. Duane Bryant specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bryant include glaucoma. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. Dr. Bryant studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Maryland General Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Other, Pediatric Ophthalmology
8860 Columbia; 100 Parkway
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Gordon Lui's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lui's clinical interests include glaucoma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Medical Group and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lui welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Glaucoma

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What is Pediatric Ophthalmology?

Pediatric ophthalmologists are doctors that care for children’s eyes. Since vision is not fully developed until the age of twelve, problems with children’s eyes and vision are much different than problems with adult eyes. The youngest patients may not be able to communicate about their vision clearly or cooperate with exams like an grown-up would. In addition, if issues are treated effectively in childhood, it can often improve healthy vision as an adult. For all these reasons, pediatric ophthalmologists are important partners when it comes to kids’ eye health.

Pediatric ophthalmology is about more than just prescribing glasses. Some of the issues treated by pediatric ophthalmologists include:
  • Amblyopia, or lazy eye
  • Eye alignment problems, such as strabismus
  • Refractive errors, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Congenital cataracts, when a baby is born with a cloudy lens in the eye
  • Eye injuries
  • Vision problems caused by health issues that affect the whole body, such as juvenile diabetes or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Often, when adults are diagnosed with strabismus (eyes that are crossed or turn in different directions) they will be treated by a pediatric ophthalmologist, even though they are not children. Adult ophthalmologists seldom encounter strabismus, and pediatric ophthalmologists learn the techniques for treating strabismus are during their medical training. Since pediatric ophthalmologists have more experience with strabismus, they are the best choice even for adults.

Some of the treatments used by pediatric ophthalmologists include:
  • Prescription lenses, including glasses and contacts
  • Prescription medications to treat infections or inflammation
  • Other medical treatments, such as eye patches, tear duct massage, or eye exercises
  • Surgical procedures, such as those to repair blocked tear ducts or correct eye alignment
  • Laser treatments for retinopathy

Not being able to see well can make many parts of a child’s life difficult. Pediatric ophthalmologists work to protect your children’s vision now and into the future.
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