We found 3 pediatric ophthalmologists who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Walnut Creek, CA.

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Dr. Rona Zel Silkiss, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology
1820 San Miguel Drive
Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Rona Silkiss is a medical specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Her education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. Her areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, lipoma excision, and collagen injections. Patient ratings for Dr. Silkiss average 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Silkiss is affiliated with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Graves Disease, Eye Muscle Surgery, Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Double Eyelid ... (Read more)

Dr. Tina Marie Chou, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1299 Newell Hill Place; Suite 103
Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Tina Chou's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chou include strabismus. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Chou has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. She is conversant in Cantonese. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Chou is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Selim Taylan Koseoglu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
925 Ygnacio Valley Road; Suite 106
Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Selim Koseoglu sees patients in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Koseoglu (or staff) speaks Turkish. In addition, he offers language support for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Filipino. Dr. Koseoglu has indicated that his clinical interests include amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus surgery, and strabismus. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is a graduate of Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Koseoglu is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus Surgery, Eye Muscle Surgery, Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Eye Trauma, ... (Read more)

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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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