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Dr. Timothy Gray Saunders, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
724 Aubrey Bell Drive
Matthews, NC

Dr. Timothy Saunders works as a pediatric ophthalmologist. Dr. Saunders's clinical interests encompass strabismus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, and Carolinas Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Saunders attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Saunders's distinctions include: Business North Carolina Best Doctors; Charlotte Business Journal Best Doctors List 2015-2016; and Charlotte Magazine Top Doctors. Dr. Saunders is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
4101 Campus Ridge Road
Matthews, NC

Dr. Melissa Shipley is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Matthews, NC and Monroe, NC. The average patient rating for Dr. Shipley is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shipley include strabismus. Dr. Shipley is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Shipley completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Eastern Virginia Medical School and President's Merit Scholar, Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center-Union.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Benjamin Charles Kramer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
135 S Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Benjamin Kramer is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Kramer studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kramer trained at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Kramer's distinctions include: Chief Resident, Kellogg Eye Center, Univ Michigan; Senior Merit Scholar, Washington University in St. Louis; and Alpha Omega Alpha election, Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center, Novant Health, and Presbyterian Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kramer's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Stephen Anthony Daugherty, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
7903 Providence Road; Suite 150
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Stephen Daugherty's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Daugherty's hospital/clinic affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, and Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Daugherty attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Daugherty takes Medicare insurance. He is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
135 S Sharon Amity Road; Suite 100
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Charles Marshall is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist. Patients gave Dr. Marshall an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

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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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