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

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Dr. Leonard B. Nelson M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
average rating 3.85 stars (16 ratings)
840 Walnut Street; Suite 1210
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Leonard Nelson specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. His clinical interests encompass strabismus. Dr. Nelson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center. Before performing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and New England Baptist Hospital, Dr. Nelson attended Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nelson's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2015,2014,2012,2011,2010. He is accepting new patients.

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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' medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Her clinical interests include strabismus. Dr. Hendricks is an in-network provider for Aetna, Aetna Bronze, Aetna HSA, and more. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Temple University Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Nemours duPont Pediatrics, and Bryn Mawr Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Robert Todd Spector MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
average rating 4.92 stars (13 ratings)
Erie Avenue @ Front Street; Suite 119
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Robert Spector specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include eye problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Spector at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Spector studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for residency. His professional affiliations include Temple University Hospital (TUH) and Drexel Medicine.

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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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