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 is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. His areas of expertise include strabismus. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Hoover is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hoover attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Missouri Health System for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Mercy and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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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 sees patients in Wexford, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests encompass strabismus. Dr. Cheng is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Cheng attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency 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

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1835 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Dawn Herzig is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Pittsburgh, PA, Cranberry Township, PA, and Greensburg, PA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Herzig include strabismus. Dr. Herzig is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. She attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh. She is affiliated with UPMC Mercy.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Lea Ann Lope's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lope at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy, UPMC St. Margaret, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Matthew Pihlblad is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Pihlblad attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Pihlblad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. His professional affiliations include UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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

Dr. Ellen Mitchell is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. She works in Pittsburgh, PA and Wexford, PA. She is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and a graduate of Nassau University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Mitchell has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mitchell accepts. 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; Floor 5
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Sara Otaibi practices pediatric ophthalmology. In her practice, Dr. Otaibi focuses on strabismus. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Dr. Otaibi attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Otaibi takes.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

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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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