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We found 7 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Anthem Blue Cross HMO near San Diego, CA.

Dr. John Edward Bokosky, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3939 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. John Bokosky practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in San Diego, CA, La Jolla, CA, and Escondido, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Bokosky include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Bokosky is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Bokosky attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Michigan Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bokosky's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataract Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Pterygium Surgery, Glaucoma, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Nathan Cooper, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
233 Lewis Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Cooper practices ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Cooper (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Cooper's areas of expertise include macular degeneration, microsurgery, and glaucoma. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He obtained his medical school training at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Cooper has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Neil T Choplin, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3939 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Neil Choplin works as an ophthalmologist in San Diego, CA, La Jolla, CA, and Escondido, CA. Dr. Choplin's areas of expertise include glaucoma, intraocular lens (IOL) implant, and lacrimal (tearing system) surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Nassau Hospital, Long Island and Nassau University Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Choplin's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Pterygium Surgery, Glaucoma, Intraocular Lens Implant, Lacrimal ... (Read more)

Dr. David Castillejos-Rios, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
342 F Street
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. David Castillejos-Rios specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Chula Vista, CA. He obtained his medical school training at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal. These areas are among his clinical interests: macular degeneration, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. Dr. Castillejos-Rios honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Castillejos-Rios (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Portuguese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Floyd Arthur Doughty, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Floyd Doughty's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Doughty include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Doughty is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Before performing his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Doughty attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Doughty's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Gordon James Montgomery, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
655 Euclid Avenue; Suite 302
National City, CA
 

Dr. Gordon Montgomery practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Montgomery is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Montgomery focuses on glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Homer G. Phillips Hospital. Dr. Montgomery is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Montgomery is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Eye Problems

Dr. Paul Dong Huynh, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4844 University Avenue; Suite A
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Paul Huynh specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in San Diego, CA. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Huynh's clinical interests include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataract surgery. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Huynh honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Huynh trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. He is conversant in Vietnamese.

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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.