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

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

Dr. John Bokosky is an ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bokosky include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Bokosky takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bokosky is affiliated with 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). Dr. Cooper (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. His areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, microsurgery, and glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Cooper graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cooper honors. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Neil Choplin specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in San Diego, CA, La Jolla, CA, and Escondido, CA. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. He completed his residency training at Nassau Hospital, Long Island and Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Choplin's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, intraocular lens (IOL) implant, and lacrimal (tearing system) surgery. Dr. Choplin takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. David Castillejos-Rios' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Castillejos-Rios's training includes a residency program 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. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Castillejos-Rios (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Dr. Castillejos-Rios is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Castillejos-Rios is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Paul Huynh is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in San Diego, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Huynh is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, glaucoma, and LASIK. Dr. Huynh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Huynh has an open panel. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency. He speaks Vietnamese.

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

Dr. Gordon Montgomery's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Montgomery is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Montgomery has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and a graduate of Homer G. Phillips Hospital's residency program. Dr. Montgomery is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Floyd Doughty's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Doughty is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Doughty trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Doughty is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy

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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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