We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Concord, CA.

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

Dr. David Demartini specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center for residency. Dr. Demartini's clinical interests encompass eye problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Demartini (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Karen Graham works as an ophthalmologist in Concord, CA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Graham is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Jules Stein Eye Institute for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Graham is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2225 Port Chicago Highway
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Clark Tsai is an ophthalmologist in Concord, CA and Oakland, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tsai takes. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his professional training, Dr. Tsai completed a residency program at Kresge Eye Institute. Dr. Tsai (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. His professional affiliations include 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

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

Dr. Chirag Patel practices ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of external eye diseases and cornea problems. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Eden Medical Center and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Patel is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Vanderbilt Eye Institute. Dr. Patel offers language support for patients who speak Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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

Dr. David Gilbert specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests encompass glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Gilbert is professionally affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Concord, San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC), and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He studied medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Gilbert trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Gilbert honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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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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