We found 4 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 specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and practices in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Philadelphia, PA. His clinical interests encompass strabismus. Dr. Nelson's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Harvard Medical School, he completed his residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and New England Baptist Hospital. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2015,2014,2012,2011,2010. Dr. Nelson is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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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. In her practice, Dr. Hendricks focuses on strabismus. Her professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. She takes Aetna, Aetna Bronze, Aetna HSA, and more. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Hendricks performed her residency at Temple University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Retinopathy of Prematurity, Strabismus, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Robert Spector is a pediatric ophthalmologist. Dr. Spector (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and Japanese. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Spector include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), eye problems, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Drexel Medicine, and Hahnemann University Hospital. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Spector honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Cornea Transplant, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

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

Dr. James Dunn is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist. Dr. Dunn attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Bellevue Hospital Center for residency. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma and retinoblastoma. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dunn honors. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Retinoblastoma, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Uveitis

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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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