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

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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 attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Hoover completed his residency training at the University of Missouri Health System. He is especially interested in strabismus. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Hoover's hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Mercy and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1835 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Dawn Herzig is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Her clinical interests encompass strabismus. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Herzig performed her residency at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy.

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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 is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Pihlblad has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Pihlblad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. His professional affiliations include UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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

Dr. Sara Otaibi's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. In Dr. Otaibi's practice, she is particularly interested in strabismus. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU), Dr. Otaibi attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Otaibi takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. His areas of expertise include strabismus. Dr. Cheng's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors 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. Christin Lorraine Sylvester, MD, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
4401 Penn Avenue; Suite 5000
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Christin Sylvester is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. She works in Pittsburgh, PA and Wexford, PA. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sylvester accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sylvester is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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

Dr. Ellen Mitchell is a pediatric ophthalmologist in Pittsburgh, PA and Wexford, PA. Dr. Mitchell's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She obtained her medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed her residency at Nassau University 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.
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