We found 3 pediatric ophthalmologists who accept Medicare near Philadelphia, PA.

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Dr. Leonard B Nelson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
840 Walnut Street; Suite 1210
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Leonard Nelson is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Philadelphia, PA. The average patient rating for Dr. Nelson is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Nelson focuses on strabismus. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Nelson has an open panel. Before completing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and New England Baptist Hospital, Dr. Nelson attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2015,2014,2012,2011,2010.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Dorothy H Hendricks, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
840 Walnut Street; Suite 1210
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Dorothy Hendricks' area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hendricks include strabismus. She is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Before performing her residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Hendricks attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. She is in-network for Aetna, Aetna Bronze, and Aetna HSA, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Retinopathy of Prematurity, Strabismus, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

Dr. Robert Todd Spector, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Erie Avenue @ Front Street; Suite 119
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Robert Spector's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Spector include eye problems. His professional affiliations include Drexel Medicine and Temple University Hospital (TUH). Before performing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Spector attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Spector takes.

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Clinical interests: 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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