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We found 5 pediatric ophthalmologists who accept Medicare near Philadelphia, PA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
840 Walnut Street; Suite 1210
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Leonard Nelson is a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in strabismus. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nelson accepts. Dr. Nelson obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and New England Baptist Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2015,2014,2012,2011,2010. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Dorothy Helen Hendricks, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
840 Walnut Street; Suite 1210
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Dorothy Hendricks is a pediatric ophthalmologist. Her areas of expertise include eye problems. Dr. Hendricks accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna, Aetna Bronze, and Aetna HSA. She studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Weill Cornell Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Hendricks trained at Temple University Hospital. She is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Retinopathy of Prematurity, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

Dr. Robert T. T Spector, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
3601 A Street; Ophthalmology #1-118
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Robert Spector's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Spector graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Spector completed a residency program at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), eye problems, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). Patients gave Dr. Spector an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Spector (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and Japanese. Dr. Spector's professional affiliations include St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Drexel Medicine, and Hahnemann University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cornea Transplant, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
501 South 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Vincent Young is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Elkins Park, PA. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Young's clinical interests encompass glaucoma, laser surgery, and cataracts. His professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. Dr. Young attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Scheie Eye Institute. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Young takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Laser Surgery

Dr. James Philip Dunn Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
840 Walnut Street; Suite 1020
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. James Dunn works as a pediatric ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Dunn include glaucoma. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Dunn graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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Clinical interests: Glaucoma

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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.