Debra M. Prieto, M.D.

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Debra M. Prieto, MDDebra M. Prieto, MD is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Upon completion of her ophthalmology residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center she returned to Philadelphia, where she was Fellowship trained in pediatric ophthalmology at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. 

As a Board Certified Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Dr. Prieto specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases of infants and children, including blocked tear ducts, lazy eye (amblyopia), eye misalignment (strabismus), nystagmus, and various eye conditions in children with genetic syndromes and special needs. And, Dr. Prieto has extensive experience examining premature infants for retinopathy of prematurity in multiple neonatal intensive care units across the region. 

With over 25 years of experience practicing pediatric ophthalmology in South Jersey, Dr. Prieto understands that doctor visits can induce fear or anxiety in children and their parents or caregivers. Therefore, she combines her professional expertise with patience and creativity to ensure that every child has their best experience. Dr. Prieto will take the extra time needed to answer questions and discuss treatment options.

 

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Philadelphia and grew up on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with my sister and brothers, our parents, and a bunch of cats and dogs.

What is your favorite part about being a pediatric ophthalmologist?

I love the moment that I tell a child with a lazy eye that they can stop treatment with patching or eye drops because their vision has improved to meet our goal. It is wonderful to receive before and after photos from families following strabismus surgery to straighten their child’s eyes. And it is really fun singing to children while examining them. 

Favorite thing to do outside of work?

Growing trees and flowers and herbs … cooking with my husband … sharing long dinners with my family and friends … and practicing yoga … these are a few of my most favorite things!