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We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Silver 102 - Three $0 PCP Visits near Long Beach, CA.

Dr. Ehsan Sadri, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5991 E Spring Street; Suite 327
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Ehsan Sadri is an ophthalmologist. In addition to English, Dr. Sadri (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), Atlantis Eyecare, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Sadri performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Sadri average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Anterior Segment Diseases, Glaucoma

Dr. Donald Natale Serafano, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3225 Palo Verde Avenue; Suite 103
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Donald Serafano's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Serafano (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Serafano include hylaform, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. Dr. Serafano is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Serafano takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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All Interests: Glasses, Botox Injection, Posterior Capsular Opacification, Hylaform, Eye Procedures, Eye Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
3325 Palo Verde Avenue; Suite 103
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Carlos Martinez, who practices in Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave Dr. Martinez an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Martinez is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Ochsner Medical Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. Dr. Martinez has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Larry Wayne Freeman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3325 Palo Verde Avenue; Suite 103
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Larry Freeman works as an ophthalmologist in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and glaucoma surgery. Dr. Freeman is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Freeman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and more.

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All Interests: Glaucoma Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Eye Problems, Glasses, Comprehensive ... (Read more)

Dr. Irene Fong Sasaki, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1045 Atlantic Avenue; Suite 1007
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Irene Sasaki is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Sasaki's clinical interests encompass glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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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.