We found 7 pediatric ophthalmologists who accept United Healthcare Navigate near Pittsburgh, PA.

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1835 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Darren Hoover practices pediatric ophthalmology in Pittsburgh, PA, Cranberry Township, PA, and Evans City, PA. He is especially interested in strabismus. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Hoover studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University of Missouri Health System. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hoover at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Matthew Simon Pihlblad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; 7th Floor, Eeins
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Matthew Pihlblad sees patients in Pittsburgh, PA, Wexford, PA, and Bridgeville, PA. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. He is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Pihlblad trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pihlblad is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pihlblad (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. His professional affiliations include UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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Dr. Lea Ann Lope, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1400 Locust Street; Suite 3103
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Lea Ann Lope specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and practices in Pittsburgh, PA and Wexford, PA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Lope graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lope's professional affiliations include UPMC Mercy, UPMC St. Margaret, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1835 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Dawn Herzig is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include strabismus. Dr. Herzig takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh for residency. Dr. Herzig is affiliated with UPMC Mercy.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Kenneth Paul Cheng, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
713 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Kenneth Cheng is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Wexford, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Cheng is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in strabismus. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Cheng is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Sara E Otaibi, DO
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Ophthalmology
4401 Penn Avenue; Floor 5
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Sara Otaibi is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Her clinical interests encompass strabismus. Dr. Otaibi is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Otaibi is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 6
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Ellen Mitchell is a pediatric ophthalmologist in Pittsburgh, PA and Wexford, PA. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mitchell is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Mitchell trained at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Mitchell's hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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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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