We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Humana Gold HMO near Colorado Springs, CO.

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
3245 International Circle; Suite 102
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. Charles McMahon is a Colorado Springs, CO physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. McMahon average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McMahon's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and cataracts. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. McMahon's training includes a residency program at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Jimmy Khoi Luu, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
2770 N Union Boulevard; Suite 140
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. James Luu is a retina specialist. His clinical interests include glaucoma. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, Dr. Luu completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. His professional affiliations include Centura Health and the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth).

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems, Eye Problems

Dr. Dean William Carlson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2770 N Union Boulevard; Suite 240
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. Dean Carlson specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Colorado Springs, CO. He is especially interested in glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Carlson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Centura Health and the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth). He attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Carlson takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

Dr. George Gregory Ulrich, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1625 Medical Center Point; Suite 230
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. George Ulrich sees patients in Colorado Springs, CO. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Ulrich (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ulrich include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Ulrich is affiliated with the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth). He attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for his residency. Dr. Ulrich is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
3155 N. Union Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. James Burden's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, Dr. Burden focuses on glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with Centura Health. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Burden accepts. After completing medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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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