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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Offers Advanced Eye Treatment and Care for Pediatric Visual Disorders

Children's new ophthalmology division offers pediatric diagnostic, medical and surgical care

From prescription eye glasses to the latest, most advanced treatments for pediatric eye disease, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is offering comprehensive ophthalmology care for infants and children.

The Children's Eye Center is one of only a few comprehensive programs in the country where a team, including clinicians, scientists, technicians and more, performs expert clinical care and diagnostic services for infants and children. Under the leadership of Children's new Chief of Ophthalmology, Richard W. Hertle, MD, the Ophthalmology division will handle all aspects of eye care.

"We hope to create an environment where expert personnel, using the latest technology, will provide the most sophisticated diagnostic capabilities and expert medical and surgical treatment of pediatric eye diseases," said Dr. Hertle.

When it comes to children, "the most important preventive steps are routine eye examinations, visual screening tests, and preventing eye trauma," Dr. Hertle adds. The early detection and treatment of many sight-threatening diseases may prevent visual loss.

"We are very excited to have Dr. Hertle on staff and to offer the patients and families we serve comprehensive ophthalmology care," said Eugene S. Wiener, MD, Children's Medical Director. "The collaborative efforts with the hospital's other services will allow children who have subspecialty needs to get all of their care at one place -- here at Children's."

An open house will be held on Jan. 26, 2005, from 4 -7 p.m. at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Media is welcome to attend but should call ahead.

Dr. Hertle comes to Children's from Columbus Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Medical Center, where he was Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology. He earned his medical degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Dr. Hertle served his residency in ophthalmology at Boston University Medical Center. He served his pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and his ocular motility fellowship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Prior to his work in Ohio, Dr. Hertle was a senior scientist and pediatric ophthalmologist at The National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health and a consultant at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hertle has been an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology since 2000.

Learn more about Children's Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology.

Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016,

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February 19, 2008
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February 19, 2008