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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 is a pediatric ophthalmologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. In Dr. Hoover's practice, he is particularly interested in strabismus. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hoover takes. Before performing his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, Dr. Hoover attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
713 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Kenneth Cheng's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in strabismus. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cheng is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Matthew Simon Pihlblad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
4401 Penn Avenue; 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Matthew Pihlblad is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. He attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. Dr. Pihlblad is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, 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 is a pediatric ophthalmologist in Pittsburgh, PA and Wexford, PA. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy, UPMC St. Margaret, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lope's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1401 Forbes Avenue; Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Dawn Herzig is a pediatric ophthalmologist. After attending Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Herzig completed her residency training at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. She is affiliated with UPMC Mercy.

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

Dr. Ellen Mitchell is a pediatric ophthalmologist. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Mitchell attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Mitchell completed a residency program at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Mitchell has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Dr. Sara E Otaibi, DO
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Ophthalmology
4401 Penn Avenue; 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Sara Otaibi is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist. She obtained her medical school training at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Otaibi has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital 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.