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

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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 ophthalmologist, retina specialist, and ocular immunologist in Saint Louis, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Rao include diabetic retinopathy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rao takes. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Rao is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM) (St. Louis) - South County.

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

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

Dr. Steven Couch is a medical specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Couch's areas of expertise include TCA peel, radiesse, and restylane. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Retraction Repair, Ptosis Repair, Eyelid Problems, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Forehead Lift, ... (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 practices pediatric ophthalmology in Saint Louis, MO. Areas of expertise for Dr. Culican include strabismus, glaucoma, and cataracts. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Culican completed a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her 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, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Gregg Lueder's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology and ocular oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lueder include strabismus. Dr. Lueder's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Lueder attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

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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 is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Tychsen include eye movement disorders and cataracts. Dr. Tychsen has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tychsen accepts. Dr. Tychsen's education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His 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)

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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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