We found 5 pediatric ophthalmologists who accept Humana ChoiceCare Network near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Prabakar Kanagala Rao, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology, Vitreoretinal Diseases, Uveitis and Ocular Immunology
660 South Euclid Avenue; Box 8096
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Prabakar Rao is a pediatric ophthalmology, ocular oncology, and vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist in Saint Louis, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Rao include diabetic retinopathy. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rao studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Rao trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Macular Surgery, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Hole, Uveitis, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregg Thomas Lueder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology
1 Children's Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Gregg Lueder sees patients in Saint Louis, MO, Creve Coeur, MO, and Town and Country, MO. His medical specialties are pediatric ophthalmology and ocular oncology. Dr. Lueder has indicated that his clinical interests include strabismus. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Lawrence Tychsen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1 Children's Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Lawrence Tychsen sees patients in Saint Louis, MO, Town and Country, MO, and Creve Coeur, MO. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in eye movement disorders and cataracts. Dr. Tychsen has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Tychsen attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Tychsen's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Nystagmus, Eye Movement Disorders, Cataracts, Cerebral Palsy, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Refractive ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan M Culican, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Susan Culican's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Culican has indicated that her clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Dr. Culican's professional affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Nystagmus, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Steven Michael Couch, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Steven Couch sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Couch's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Patient ratings for Dr. Couch average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Couch takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Problems, Facial Problems, Facial Surgery, Cancer, Eyelid Surgery, Thyroid Problems, ... (Read more)

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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.