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Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Pediatric Ophthalmology team at St. Luke’s Children’s is dedicated to your child’s best visual health. Our physicians provide advanced, specialized care of diseases and conditions associated with the eyes in infants, children, and adolescents including esotropia, exotropia, adult strabismus, pediatric cataract, nasolacrimal duct obstruction, amblyopia, ptosis, retinopathy of prematurity, nystagmus, and chalazion.

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    Eye Problems in Children: Signs to Look For

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.

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Providers

  • Pediatric Ophthalmology

    Biography

    Daniel Brooks, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist who is fellowship trained in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. He specializes in amblyopia and strabismus (eye misalignment, or “lazy eye”), pediatric cataracts, and nasolacrimal duct obstruction (blocked tear ducts). He also treats adults with eye misalignment and double vision.

    Dr. Brooks is an investigator in the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG), a national network involved in the research of common eye disorders in children.

    Dr. Brooks earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, graduating summa cum laude. He is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society.

    In his free time he enjoys backpacking, fly fishing, and spending time with his wife and five children.

    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. Gertsch'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
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology

    Biography

    Katherine Lee, MD, PhD is the medical director of St. Luke's Pediatric Ophthalmology. She is a former vice chair of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, and currently serves as a principal investigator. She also produces and edits publications for the American Association of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Lee is a board member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. She has been listed on over 30 peer-reviewed publications advancing the science and treatment of pediatric eye care, and has contributed to numerous research programs funded by the National Institutes of Health.

    Dr. Lee is also a board member of the Treasure Valley YMCA. In her free time, she enjoys biking, running, skiing, triathlons, cooking, and spending time with her family.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

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