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

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). Dr. Demartini (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Demartini's areas of expertise consist of comprehensive ophthalmology, external eye diseases, and cornea problems. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Demartini is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and a graduate of Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center's residency program. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Demartini has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Clark Szumin Tsai, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2225 Port Chicago Highway
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Clark Tsai practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Concord, CA and Oakland, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Tsai (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Tsai's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Dr. Tsai performed his residency at Kresge Eye Institute. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare Supplement (Medigap). Dr. Tsai welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Karen Graham's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Graham include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Graham's hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Graham's training includes a residency program at Jules Stein Eye Institute. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Graham speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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

Dr. David Gilbert practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Gilbert include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gilbert attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Gilbert is 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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2338 Almond Avenue
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Hilary Lerner's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include eye problems. Dr. Lerner is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network. He attended medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Lerner is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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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.