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Dr. David Robert Demartini, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
122 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 222
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. David Demartini is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Demartini include cornea problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Demartini is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Demartini honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Before completing his residency at Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Demartini attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Demartini (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Demartini welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, External Eye Diseases, Pterygium Surgery, Vision Problems, Glaucoma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2225 Port Chicago Highway
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Clark Tsai is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Concord, CA and Oakland, CA. Dr. Tsai's education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at Kresge Eye Institute. His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patient ratings for Dr. Tsai average 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tsai (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Tsai is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2222 East Street; Suite 365
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Karen Graham is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Graham has a special interest in glaucoma and cataracts. She is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Graham trained at Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Graham has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. David D Gilbert, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
112 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 260
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. David Gilbert is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Gilbert's training includes a residency program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Gilbert is professionally affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Concord, San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC), and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Chirag Ramesh Patel, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1401 Willow Pass Road; #100
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Chirag Patel's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Patel offers interpreting services for Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish-speaking patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include external eye diseases and cornea problems. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Patel studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Vanderbilt Eye Institute. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients.

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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that occurs when drainage canals within the eye become clogged or blocked. Fluid builds up within the eye, and the increasing pressure damages the optic nerve. It is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States and the primary cause of blindness among African Americans.

The most common form of glaucoma, accounting for more than 90% of all cases, is called open-angle glaucoma. In open-angle glaucoma, the drainage canals become clogged but are not blocked entirely. Because some fluid is still able to drain, people with this type of glaucoma may feel fine and not have any symptoms for years after the onset of the disease. Later on, patients will notice a loss of peripheral vision, or darkness and blurriness at the sides of their visual field. When they look straight at something, their vision will be as good as it ever was. Unfortunately, by this time, the glaucoma is already at a severe stage, and without treatment it can lead to complete blindness.

There are other, less common types of glaucoma. Angle-closure glaucoma is an acute form of glaucoma that comes on very suddenly. The drainage canals become blocked and pressure within the eye rises very rapidly. Patients will have a sudden loss of vision along with headaches or nausea. This type of glaucoma needs to be treated right away. Rarely, children can be born with glaucoma or develop it in infancy. Babies with glaucoma may shy away from bright lights, be irritable, or have poor appetites.

Because glaucoma most often does not have symptoms in the early stages, it is important to have regular eye exams to check for glaucoma, especially if you are at risk. High risk groups include African Americans, Latinos, people with diabetes, and anyone over age 60. An eye doctor can check for glaucoma in several different ways. A visual field test checks for loss of peripheral vision. A dilated eye exam allows the doctor to see the optic nerve and inspect it for damage. A test called tonometry, in which a tiny puff of air is blown at the eye, checks the pressure within the eye and screens specifically for glaucoma.

Once you have a diagnosis, treatment depends on the type and stage of glaucoma that you have. Most people with glaucoma treat it with medicated eye drops. These drops help decrease fluid production within the eye and increase drainage. If medications aren’t enough, another option is to have surgery to open up the drainage canals. Although surgery can halt the progression of glaucoma, it cannot restore vision that has already been lost to the disease.
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