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

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

Dr. Scott Becker's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Becker attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Becker completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. Dr. Becker's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He is affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Glaucoma

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 obtained his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. His clinical interests include glaucoma. Patients gave Dr. Hammer an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. Dr. Hammer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Johns Hopkins Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Dean Fiergang specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. Clinical interests for Dr. Fiergang include strabismus. Dr. Fiergang is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Fiergang's training includes a residency program at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. His hospital/clinic 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
2100 Ganton Green; B-203
Woodstock, MD
 

Dr. Duane Bryant practices pediatric ophthalmology. His clinical interests include glaucoma. Dr. Bryant is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Shady Grove Medical Center 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 is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lui include glaucoma. Dr. Lui's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lui takes. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Lui trained at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Lui's hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Medical Group and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Dr. Lui welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1011 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD
 

Dr. Joanne Waeltermann's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include strabismus. Dr. Waeltermann is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Waeltermann completed her residency training at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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: Strabismus, Eye Problems

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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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