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We found 5 pediatric ophthalmologists near Matthews, NC.

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

Dr. Timothy Saunders is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in strabismus. His professional affiliations include Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, and Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Saunders is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a graduate of Washington Hospital Center's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Saunders is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He has received the following distinctions: Charlotte Business Journal Best Doctors List 2015-2016 and Charlotte Magazine Top Doctors. Dr. Saunders welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
4101 Campus Ridge Road
Matthews, NC

Dr. Melissa Shipley's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. She graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Her areas of expertise include strabismus. Dr. Shipley honors Medicare insurance. She has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Eastern Virginia Medical School and President's Merit Scholar, Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Shipley is affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center-Union.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Benjamin Kramer is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He takes Medicare insurance. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kramer has received 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 area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Daugherty's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, and Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Daugherty is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency.

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

Dr. Charles Marshall is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. After attending Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Marshall's professional affiliations include Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center.

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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.