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St. Luke's Children's Ophthalmology: Meridian

Healthy eyes and vision are vital to your child’s development. The team at St. Luke’s Children’s Ophthalmology specializes in the care of diseases and conditions of the eyes in infants, children, and adolescents, including strabismus, amblyopia, eye misalignment, cataracts, nasolacrimal duct obstruction, nystagmus, and retinopathy of prematurity.

National Study for Kids with Nearsightedness

Now Enrolling Children Ages 5 to 12 With Myopia

St. Luke’s Children’s Ophthalmology is part of a national study regarding an eye drop called low-dose atropine that has been shown to slow nearsightedness in children by 50%. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is run by a national group of pediatric eye doctors. 


We're currently enrolling children ages 5 to 12 with nearsightedness. Children will use low dose atropine, or an eye drop with no medicine in it, every day for two years. The study will measure changes in nearsightedness while taking the drop, and after it has been stopped.


Please call (208) 381-6912 with questions or for more information on enrolling your child.

Principal Investigator

Providers

  • Pediatric Ophthalmology

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology

    Biography

    Kevin Gertsch, MD has clinical interests in surgical and medical management of pediatric and adult strabismus, pediatric cataracts, uveitis, amblyopia, genetic syndromes, congenital ptosis and ocular motility disorders secondary to cranial nerve palsies, thyroid ophthalmopathy, and trauma. He is also trained to manage retinopathy of prematurity. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Gertsh's primary goal as a clinician is to help children and their families understand the diseases affecting them and to help guide treatment to give the best visual outcomes possible. Prior to joining St. Luke's, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, and he also served in a private practice multi-specialty group in the suburbs of Atlanta.

    Dr. Gertsch earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Brigham Young University. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, running, hiking, reading, cooking, and going on adventures with his family.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Paul Neville, OD specializes in pediatric and adult primary care optometry, including comprehensive eye exams, diagnosing and treating strabismus and amblyopia, soft contact lens fittings, ocular disease diagnosis and management, and surgical co-management including strabismus, cataracts, LASIK and PRK.

    Dr. Neville believes that it's important to begin eye exams at an early age. Vision is closely related to the learning process, and children with vision problems often don't complain because they don't know what normal vision looks like.

    Dr. Neville is an Air Force Reserve veteran, having served as an optometrist, flight commander, and chief of optometry. He evaluated the vision readiness of deployable personnel in the Aeromedical Staging Squadron, and was trained in aeromedical evacuation aboard C-130 aircraft.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

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Sign up for a myChart account today!

With myChart, you’re able to view test results, contact your provider, request medication refills, schedule appointments and more. We encourage you to sign up for easy access to the tools and information you need to proactively manage your health. You can also set up online proxy access requests for medical records of children, spouses, or dependents.


There's also an easy-to-use myChart app available for your mobile devices!