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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2371 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Joanna Sarracino is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Fairfield, CT, New Haven, CT, and Stratford, CT. Her areas of expertise include glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and cataracts. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sarracino accepts. Dr. Sarracino attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Sarracino completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Sarracino is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2371 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Stephen Rabinowitz is an ophthalmologist. He has a special interest in cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patient ratings for Dr. Rabinowitz average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rabinowitz accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rabinowitz attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Rabinowitz has an open panel.

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Dr. Leslie C Doctor, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
129 Kings Highway N
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Leslie Doctor practices ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Doctor include comprehensive ophthalmology, external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Doctor is professionally affiliated with Western Connecticut Health Network and Yale New Haven Health System. Before performing her residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Doctor attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Doctor is an in-network provider for Anthem, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Doctor has an open panel.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2371 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Dan Omohundro's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Omohundro include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Omohundro is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of the University Hospitals, Cleveland's residency program. He speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2371 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Marc Weitzman is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Weitzman's clinical interests: glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.