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

Dr. Timothy Saunders is a pediatric ophthalmologist in Charlotte, NC, Mooresville, NC, and Matthews, NC. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in strabismus. Dr. Saunders is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Washington Hospital Center. He has received distinctions including Business North Carolina Best Doctors; Charlotte Business Journal Best Doctors List 2015-2016; and Charlotte Magazine Top Doctors. Dr. Saunders is affiliated with Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, and Carolinas Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
4101 Campus Ridge Road
Matthews, NC

Dr. Melissa Shipley is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. In her practice, Dr. Shipley focuses on strabismus. She takes Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Shipley attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Eastern Virginia Medical School and President's Merit Scholar, Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is professionally 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, who practices in Charlotte, NC, is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. His professional affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center, Novant Health, and Presbyterian Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Kramer has an open panel. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Kramer completed his residency training at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He has received distinctions including 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. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Stephen Daugherty, who practices in Charlotte, NC, is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Daugherty's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Daugherty attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school. Dr. Daugherty is professionally affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, and Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Charles Marshall sees patients in Charlotte, NC. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. After completing medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Patient reviews placed Dr. Marshall at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5.

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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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