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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. James Martone practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Martone (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Italian. Dr. Martone's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, glaucoma, and intraocular lens (IOL) implant. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Martone is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes, Intraocular Lens Implant, Contact Lenses

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Mark Milner works as an ophthalmologist in Hamden, CT, Cheshire, CT, and New Haven, CT. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Milner's medical residency was performed at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Milner is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Milner (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. His professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Milner welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Paul Masi's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Masi include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Masi is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Masi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Andrew Swan works as an ophthalmologist in Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT. Areas of expertise for Dr. Swan include comprehensive ophthalmology. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Swan honors. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Swan (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Swan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eye Syndrome, Retinopathy, Eye Trauma, Cataract ... (Read more)

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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.