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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's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. His areas of expertise include strabismus. Dr. Hoover's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Missouri Health System. 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 sees patients in Wexford, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. In his practice, Dr. Cheng focuses on strabismus. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cheng takes. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he completed his residency training 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. Matthew Simon Pihlblad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
4401 Penn Avenue; 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Matthew Pihlblad's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Pihlblad attended West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Pihlblad takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pihlblad (or staff) is conversant in 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. Her professional affiliations include UPMC Mercy, UPMC St. Margaret, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Lope attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lope 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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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1401 Forbes Avenue; Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Dawn Herzig's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy. Dr. Herzig attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh for residency. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Herzig honors.

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

Dr. Ellen Mitchell sees patients in Pittsburgh, PA and Wexford, PA. Her medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Mitchell's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mitchell honors. She attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Mitchell trained at Nassau University Medical Center for her residency. She is professionally 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 is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. 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). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Otaibi takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional 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.