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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.05 stars out of 5 (28 ratings)
1835 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Darren Hoover is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Pittsburgh, PA, Cranberry Township, PA, and Evans City, PA. His areas of expertise include strabismus. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Hoover honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, Dr. Hoover attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include UPMC Mercy and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC - Surgery Centers.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1835 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Dawn Herzig is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Pittsburgh, PA, Cranberry Township, PA, and Greensburg, PA. In her practice, Dr. Herzig focuses on strabismus. She takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Her education and training includes medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh. She is affiliated with UPMC Mercy.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Sara Otaibi DO
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.8 stars out of 5 (176 ratings)
4401 Penn Avenue; Floor 5
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Sara Otaibi practices pediatric ophthalmology in Johnstown, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Wexford, PA. She is especially interested in strabismus. Dr. Otaibi is affiliated with UPMC Mercy, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC - Surgery Centers, and UPMC Presbyterian. Her education and training includes medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Otaibi is rated highly by her patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Otaibi honors.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr Kenneth Paul Cheng MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.34 stars out of 5 (74 ratings)
713 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Kenneth Cheng's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. He has a special interest in strabismus. Patient ratings for Dr. Cheng average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Cheng studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Cheng completed a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC - Surgery Centers.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Matthew Simon Pihlblad MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.79 stars out of 5 (123 ratings)
4401 Penn Avenue; 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Matthew Pihlblad, who practices in Pittsburgh, PA, Bridgeville, PA, and Wexford, PA, is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Pihlblad is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. He graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.79 stars out of 5 (171 ratings)
4401 Penn Ave Main Hospital; Upmc Children's Hospital Eye Center 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Ellen Mitchell specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and a graduate of Nassau University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Mitchell's professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC - Surgery Centers.

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Dr Lea Ann Lope DO
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.8 stars out of 5 (186 ratings)
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Lea Ann Lope is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Mercy, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC - Surgery Centers, and UPMC St. Margaret. 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. She is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lope takes.

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Dr Christin Lorraine Sylvester DO
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.9 stars out of 5 (190 ratings)
4401 Penn Avenue; Suite 5000
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Christin Sylvester is a pediatric ophthalmologist. Dr. Sylvester is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After attending Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sylvester is affiliated with UPMC Mercy, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC - Surgery Centers, 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.
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