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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2371 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Joanna Sarracino, who practices in Fairfield, CT, New Haven, CT, and Stratford, CT, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She completed her residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Sarracino's areas of expertise include glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and cataracts. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sarracino is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2371 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Stephen Rabinowitz works as an ophthalmologist in Fairfield, CT, New Haven, CT, and Stratford, CT. Dr. Rabinowitz has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rabinowitz include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Rabinowitz graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Leslie Doctor is an ophthalmologist. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Doctor's clinical interests: comprehensive ophthalmology, external eye diseases, and cornea problems. She is affiliated with Western Connecticut Health Network and Yale New Haven Health System. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Doctor's office for an appointment. She is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine and a graduate of Ohio State University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Doctor speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2371 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Dan Omohundro is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Omohundro include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Omohundro attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for residency. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2371 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Marc Weitzman specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Fairfield, CT, New Haven, CT, and Stratford, CT. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weitzman include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Weitzman graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Weitzman's practice is open to new patients.

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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.