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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 specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and practices in Baltimore, MD and Clarksville, MD. Dr. Fiergang attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He is especially interested in eye problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fiergang's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Lui takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Dr. Lui's practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Waeltermann include amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus. Dr. Waeltermann is affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital. Dr. Waeltermann honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. She obtained her medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. She has received the distinction of Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors.

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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 is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist. Dr. Becker's areas of expertise include glaucoma. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. Dr. Becker graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist. In his practice, Dr. Hammer focuses on glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Johns Hopkins Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at Nassau University Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Hammer is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. His practice 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.