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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


Medical Examiner

National Board of Medical Examiners

Honors and Awards


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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

Accepted Insurances

Everett & Hurite Ophthalmic Association

Aetna Advantage PD

Aetna Advantage PD HNO (FL only)

Aetna Advantage PD (NJ only)

Aetna Advantage PD - OH only

Aetna Advantage Plus PD

Aetna AdvantagePlus PD - OH only

Aetna Affordable Health Choices limited benefits insurance plan

Aetna Basic HMO

Aetna Basic PD

Aetna Basic PD - OH only

Aetna Choice POS (Aetna HealthFund)

Aetna Choice POS II (Aetna HealthFund)

Aetna Choice® POS II (Open Access)

Aetna Choice® POS (Open Access)

Aetna Classic PD

Aetna Classic PD (NJ only)

Aetna Classic PD - OH only

Aetna HealthFund® Aetna Health Network Only (Open Access)

Aetna HealthFund® Aetna Health Network Option (Open Access)

Aetna HealthFund® HMO

Aetna Health Network Only (Open Access)

Aetna Health Network Option (Open Access)

Aetna Medicare Open (Private Fee-for-Service)

Aetna Medicare Plan (HMO/Open Access HMO)

Aetna Medicare Plan (Open Access HMO)

Aetna Medicare Plan (PPO)

Aetna Open Access Elect Choice® EPO (Aetna Health Fund)

Aetna Open Access Managed Choice® POS (Aetna Health Fund)

Aetna Pinnacle PD EPO (NY only)

Aetna Pinnacle PD OAMC (NY only)

Aetna Premier 600 PD (NY only)

Aetna Premier PD (NJ only)

Aetna Select℠

Aetna Select (Open Access)

Aetna Value Network HMO

Aetna Value Performance Network

Aetna Vision

Aetna Voluntary Plan

Aetna Whole Health - Aurora Accountable Care Network

Aetna Whole Health - Banner Health Network HMO

Aetna Whole Health - Banner Health OAMC

Aetna Whole Health - Baptist Integrated Health Network

Aetna Whole Health - Coastal Virginia Health Partners

Aetna Whole Health - Memorial Hermann Acountable Care Network

Aetna Whole Health - MW Comm. Health Solutions

Aetna Whole Health - PrimeCare Physicians HMO

Aetna Whole Health - Valley Preferred, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Aetna Workers' Comp Access

Aexcel Aetna Select

Aexcel Aetna Select (Open Access)

Aexcel Choice POS II

Aexcel Choice POS II (Aetna HealthFund)

Aexcel Elect Choice EPO

Aexcel Elect Choice EPO (Open Access)

Aexcel Managed Choice POS

Aexcel Managed Choice POS (Open Access)

Aexcel Open Access Aetna Select (Aetna HealthFund)

Aexcel Open Access Elect Choice (Aetna HealthFund)

Aexcel Open Access Managed Choice POS (HealthFund)

Aexcel Plus Aetna Select

Aexcel Plus Aetna Select (Open Access)

Aexcel Plus Choice POS II

Aexcel Plus Choice POS II (Aetna HealthFund)

Aexcel Plus Elect Choice EPO

Aexcel Plus Elect Choice EPO (Open Access)

Aexcel Plus Managed Choice POS

Aexcel Plus Managed Choice POS (Open Access)

Aexcel Plus Open Access Aetna Select (Aetna HealthFund)

Aexcel Plus Open Access Elect Choice (Aetna HealthFund)

Aexcel Plus Open Access Managed Choice POS (HealthFund)

Aexcel Plus PPO

Aexcel Plus PPO (Aetna HealthFund)

Aexcel PPO

Aexcel PPO (Aetna HealthFund)

Better Health

Better Health Kids Pennsylvania

Elect Choice® (EPO)

Elect Choice EPO (Open Access)

Employee Assistance Program

HCA Well Care (Level 3)

HCA Well Care (Levels 1 & 2)

Healthy New York HMO


HMO Deductible Plan (CA members only)

HMO (Open Access)

LM Healthworks

Managed Choice® (POS)

Managed Choice® POS (Open Access)

National Advantage Program

New York Certified PPO (Workers' Comp)

New York Recommendation of Care PPO (Workers' Comp)

NYC Community Plan

Open Access Aetna Select (Aetna Health Fund)

Open Choice® (PPO)

Open Choice® PPO (Aetna Health Fund)

Pennsylvania Healthcare Reform HMO Plans

Pennsylvania Healthcare Reform PPO Plans

Quality Point-of-Service® (QPOS®)

Signature Administrators

Student Health Plans

Traditional Choice® Indemnity

TRS-Care Networks

Virginia Healthcare Reform Plans

Vitalidad Mexico con Aetna

Vitalidad Plus California con Aetna

Vital Savings by Aetna


Behavioral Health

Choice Fund Open Access Plus

Choice Fund Open Access Plus with CareLink

CIGNA HealthCare Mid-Atlantic, Inc.- HMO

Cigna Healthcare of New Jersey - Northern NJ HMO

CIGNA HealthCare of New York, Inc.- HMO

CIGNA HealthCare of Ohio, Inc. - Central Ohio

CIGNA HealthCare of Ohio, Inc. - Cincinnati

CIGNA HealthCare of Ohio, Inc. - Cleveland

CIGNA HealthCare of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia

Cigna HealthCare of Southern New Jersey,Inc, HMO

CIGNA Managed Care Network of Central Pennsylvania

CIGNA Managed Care Network of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

CIGNA Managed Care Network of West Virginia/SE Ohio

CIGNA Medical Group


Health Alliance Plan

Health Savings


HMO Open Access


KelseyCare Network


Medicare Access

Medicare Select (HMO)

Metro NY Seamless


Network Open Access

Network POS

Open Access Plan

Open Access Plus/CareLink

Open Access Plus ONLY

Open Access Value Plan


POS Open Access

PPO, Choice Fund PPO

Vision PPO

Workers' Compensation

Coventry Health Care

Advantra® Freedom (Medicare)

Advantra Medicare Advantage HMO

Advantra Medicare Advantage POS

Advantra Medicare Advantage PPO

Coventry EPO

Coventry HMO & Premier

Coventry Integrated Network (Workers' Comp)


Coventry POS & Premier Plus

Coventry Preferred (PPO)

First Health Network (Workers' Comp)

Health America One

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Care Guide Blue HMO


Community Blue EPO

Community Blue Flex - PA Mountains Healthcare Region

Community Blue PPO

Community Blue Premier Flex


Comprehensive Care Blue PPO




Flex Blue PPO

FreedomBlue PPO

Health Savings Blue PPO

High Deductible PPO


Major Events Blue PPO




Premier Balance PPO

SecurityBlue HMO

Shared Cost Blue PPO


Simply Blue



Medicare Secondary


North Region: TRICARE Prime

North Region: TRICARE Prime Remote (TPR)

North Region: TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS)

North Region: TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR)

North Region: TRICARE Standard

North Region: TRICARE Young Adult Prime

North Region: TRICARE Young Adult Prime Remote

North Region: TRICARE Young Adult Standard


AARP Medicare Advantage HMO

AARP Medicare Advantage POS

AARP Medicare Advantage PPO

AARP Medicare Complete Choice (PPO)

AARP Medicare Complete (HMO)

AARP MedicareComplete Mosaic (HMO)

AARP MedicareComplete Plus (HMO-POS)

AARP MedicareComplete SecureHorizons Essential

AARP Personal Health Insurance Plan

Compass Rose Health Plan FEHP FFS (PPO)

Definity Choice Plus

Definity PPO

Harvard Pilgrim Choice

Harvard Pilgrim Choice Plus

Harvard Pilgrim Options

Heritage Choice

Heritage Choice Standard

Heritage Plus/Heritage EPO

Heritage Premier

Heritage Select



M.D. IPA Preferred

Medica Choice

Medicare Advantage HMO

Medicare Advantage PFFS

Medicare Advantage POS

Medicare Advantage PPO

MedicareComplete Choice Essential

MedicareComplete Choice Plan 2

MedicareComplete Essential

Neighborhood Health Partnership (NHP) - Commercial

Neighborhood Health Partnership (NHP) - Mercy Select

North Shore-LIJ Health System Plans

Optimum Choice HMO

Optimum Choice Preferred POS

Oxford Medicare Network

Pacificare SignatureElite Plus

River Valley Choice Plus

Sierra Health and Life

UHC Choice

UHC Choice HMO/Choice Plus HMO

UHC Choice Plus

UHC Choice Plus with Harvard Pilgrim

UHC Choice with Harvard Pilgrim

UHC Community Plan for Families

UHC Community Plan for Kids

UHC Compass/ Compass Balanced

UHC Compass HMO/ Compass Balanced HMO/Compass Plus HMO

UHC Compass Plus

UHC Core

UHC Dual Advantage

UHC Dual Complete (HMO SNP)

UHC Navigate

UHC Navigate/Navigate Balanced

UHC Navigate Plus

UHC Options PPO

UHC Options PPO with Harvard Pilgrim

UHC Passport Connect Choice

UHC Passport Connect Choice Plus

UHC Passport Connect Options PPO

UHC Select EPO

UHC Select HMO

UHC Select Plus HMO

UHC Select Plus POS

UHC SignatureValue Advantage (HMO Value Network)

UHC SignatureValue (HMO)

United Behavioral Health



UPMC Health Plan

Consumer Advantage

Federal & Postal Employee Health Benefits

UPMC Advantage

UPMC for Kids

UPMC for Life

UPMC for Life Options

UPMC for Life Specialty Plan

UPMC for You

UPMC for You Advantage

UPMC Health Plan EPO

UPMC Health Plan HMO

UPMC Health Plan POS

UPMC Health Plan PPO

UPMC Individual Advantage

UPMC Inside Advantage

UPMC Vision Advantage


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