About Me

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.

  • Ophthalmology
Areas Of Expertise
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
    25 + years
Clinical Focuses
  • strabismus- adult and pediatric
  • pediatric tear duct obstruction
  • pediatric eyelid malformations
  • pediatric cataracts
  • English
Education & Training
  • University of Missouri
    Columbia, Missouri, M.D.
    1978 - 1982
  • Grinnell College
    Grinnell, Iowa, B.S.
    1974 - 1978
  • The Children's Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine
    1986 - 1987
  • Mason Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Missouri
    1983 - 1986
  • St. Johns Mercy Medical Center
    1982 - 1983
Board Certifications
  • Diplomat
  • Medical Examiner
Professional Affiliations
  • 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 Affliations
  • Clinical Instructor
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Hospital Affiliations
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • UPMC Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Ohio Valley General Hospital
  • 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
Awards & Honors
Awards & Honors
  • Best Doctors
    Best Doctors
  • Best Doctors
    Best Doctors
  • Best Doctors
    Best Doctors
  • Best Doctors
    Best Doctors
  • 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
Accepted Insurances
Everett & Hurite Ophthalmic Association
  • Managing the Child with an Ocular or Orbital Injury
    January 1993
  • Resolution of Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction with Nonsurgical Management.
    January 2012
  • Results of a Single Lateral Rectus Resection for Devergency and Partial Sixth Nerve Paralysis
    January 1993
  • Optical Treatment of Strabismic and Combined Strabismic-Anisometropic Amblyopia
    January 2012
  • A Randomized Trial to Evaluate Combined Patching and Atropine for Residual Amblyopia
    January 2011
  • Subretinal Neovascularization in Children and Adolescents
    January 1995
  • Results of a Combined Adjustable Recession and Posterior Fixation Suture of the Same Vertical Rectus Muscle for Incomitant Vertical Strabismus
    December 1998
  • A Pilot Study of Levodopa Dose as Treatment for Residual Amblyopia in Children 8 to <18 Years Old
    January 2010
  • Treatment of bilateral refractive ambylopia in children 3 to 10 years of age
    January 2007
  • A Randomized Trial comparing Bangerter Filters and Patching for the Treatment of Moderate Amblyopia in Children
    January 2010
  • Treatment of Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction with Probing in Children Younger than 4 years.
    January 2008
  • Treatment of severe amblyopia with weekend atropine: Results from 2 randomized clinical trials
    January 2009
  • A randomized trail of near versus distance activities while patching for Amblyopia in Children Aged 3 to less than 7 Years
    January 2008
  • 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 2009
  • 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 2008
  • Evaluation and Management Strategies for the Pediatric Eye Trauma Patient
    January 1991
  • Optic Disc Drusen and Primary Megalencephaly in Children
    January 1989
  • Optic Disc Drusen in Children
    January 1988
  • Ophthalmic Evaluation of Survivors of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
    January 1988
  • Genetic Linkage of Von Recklinghausen Neurofibromatosis to the Nerve Growth Factor Receptor Gene.
    January 1987
  • 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 1986
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Epidermidis Blepharitis
    January 1985
  • Descemet's Membrane Detachment by Sodium Hyaluronate
    January 1984