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We found 5 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 practices pediatric ophthalmology in Baltimore, MD and Clarksville, MD. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include eye problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fiergang honors. Dr. Fiergang is affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and Maryland General Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Eye Problems

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

Dr. Gordon Lui is a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Lui's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lui's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and New York Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Lui trained at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

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

Dr. Joanne Waeltermann's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Waeltermann include amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Waeltermann honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, Dr. Waeltermann attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Amblyopia, Strabismus, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Scott Becker's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. In his practice, Dr. Becker focuses on glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Dr. Becker attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Becker's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Glaucoma

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

Dr. Lenard Hammer specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and practices in Columbia, MD and Olney, MD. He is especially interested in glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Hammer is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hammer completed a residency program at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Hammer is professionally affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems, 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.