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Pediatric Ophthalmologist


Cranberry Township, PA

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About Dr. Darren L Hoover, MD, F.A.A.P.

Dr. Darren Hoover is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in pediatric and adult strabismus.

Dr. Hoover specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of both pediatric eye diseases and eye muscle imbalances in adults. He concentrates on surgery to correct strabismus (misaligned eyes), tear duct obstruction, pediatric cataracts, and pediatric eyelid malformations. He conducts clinical research in pediatric ophthalmology through the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Because of advances over the last 25 years, surgery to correct strabismus can be performed successfully at any age and always on an outpatient basis. Many adults who have been told in the past that nothing could be done to correct their misaligned eyes are now discovering that newer surgical techniques can bring about improvement in the vast majority of cases.

Dr. Hoover is a fellow in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Pediatrics (section on ophthalmology), the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, and the Pittsburgh Ophthalmological Society. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on ophthalmology. He is an Executive Committee member (2012-2013) and an Investigator for the PEDIG organization.

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Dr. Hoover practices at the following locations:

Cranberry Township
Cranberry Township

125 Emeryville Drive

Brush Creek Commons II

Cranberry TownshipPA 16066

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560 Rugh Street

GreensburgPA 15601

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3001 Waterdam Plaza

Route 19

Suite 120

CanonsburgPA 15317

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400 Penn Center Boulevard

Suite 320

PittsburghPA 15235

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816 Finley Road

Belle VernonPA 15012

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Areas of Expertise

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, 25+ years

Clinical Focus

strabismus- adult and pediatric

pediatric tear duct obstruction

pediatric eyelid malformations

pediatric cataracts





The Children's Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine



Mason Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Missouri



St. Johns Mercy Medical Center



University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri



Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa





American Board of Ophthalmology


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National Board of Medical Examiners

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Site of the Year

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG)

Site of the Month Award, March 2008, November 2009, February 2011

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group


Cum Laude

University of Missouri-Columbia


John A. Buesseler Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology

University of Missouri-Columbia


Phi Beta Kappa - junior year

Grinnell College

Professional Affiliation

Co-chairman: Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Study (CITS)

Former Fellowship Director, Department of Ophthalmology: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Executive Committee member for 2 terms: Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG)

Academic Appointments

Clinical Instructor: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Fellow: American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus

Fellow: American Academy of Ophthalmology

Member: American Academy of Pediatrics

Member: Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology

Member: Pittsburgh Ophthalmologic Society

Member: Allegheny County Medical Society

Hospital Affiliations

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

UPMC Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh

Ohio Valley General Hospital


January 1993

Managing the Child with an Ocular or Orbital Injury

January 2012

Resolution of Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction with Nonsurgical Management.

January 1993

Results of a Single Lateral Rectus Resection for Devergency and Partial Sixth Nerve Paralysis

January 2012

Optical Treatment of Strabismic and Combined Strabismic-Anisometropic Amblyopia

January 2011

A Randomized Trial to Evaluate Combined Patching and Atropine for Residual Amblyopia

January 1995

Subretinal Neovascularization in Children and Adolescents

December 1998

Results of a Combined Adjustable Recession and Posterior Fixation Suture of the Same Vertical Rectus Muscle for Incomitant Vertical Strabismus

January 2010

A Pilot Study of Levodopa Dose as Treatment for Residual Amblyopia in Children 8 to <18 Years Old

January 2007

Treatment of bilateral refractive ambylopia in children 3 to 10 years of age

January 2010

A Randomized Trial comparing Bangerter Filters and Patching for the Treatment of Moderate Amblyopia in Children

January 2008

Treatment of Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction with Probing in Children Younger than 4 years.

January 2009

Treatment of severe amblyopia with weekend atropine: Results from 2 randomized clinical trials

January 2008

A randomized trail of near versus distance activities while patching for Amblyopia in Children Aged 3 to less than 7 Years

January 2009

Balloon Catheter Dilation and Nasolacrimal Duct Intubation for Treatment of Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction After Failed Probing

January 2009

Pharmocologic Plus Optical Penalization Treatment for Amblyopia: Results of a Randomized Trial

January 2008

Patching vs Atropine to Treat Amblyopia in Children Aged 7 to 12 years. A Randomized Trial.

January 2008

Instability of Ocular Alignment in Childhood Esotropia

January 1991

Evaluation and Management Strategies for the Pediatric Eye Trauma Patient

January 1989

Optic Disc Drusen and Primary Megalencephaly in Children

January 1988

Optic Disc Drusen in Children

January 1988

Ophthalmic Evaluation of Survivors of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

January 1987

Genetic Linkage of Von Recklinghausen Neurofibromatosis to the Nerve Growth Factor Receptor Gene.

January 1986

Psedopapilledema and Macrocephaly in a Child

January 1986

Comparison of Epidemiologic Markers for Staphylococcus Epidermidis

January 1986

Orbital and Childhood Sarcoidosis

January 1986

Topical Vancomycin Formulation for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Epidermidis Blepharoconjunctivitis

January 1986

Pediatric Ocular Sarcoidosis

January 1985

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Epidermidis Blepharitis

January 1984

Descemet's Membrane Detachment by Sodium Hyaluronate