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 ophthalmology specialist. Dr. Hoover is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hoover include strabismus. His professional affiliations include UPMC Mercy and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and residency at the University of Missouri Health System.

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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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. Patient ratings for Dr. Cheng average 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Cheng focuses on strabismus. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Cheng attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Cheng is 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 practices pediatric ophthalmology in Pittsburgh, PA, Wexford, PA, and Bridgeville, PA. 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. He graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In addition to English, Dr. Pihlblad (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. Dr. Pihlblad is affiliated with 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's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy, UPMC St. Margaret, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Lope's education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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

Dr. Dawn Herzig's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Herzig honors. After completing medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy.

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

Dr. Ellen Mitchell is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Mitchell trained 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 Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Mitchell is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. After completing medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Otaibi performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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.