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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 W Main Street; Suite 100
Waterbury, CT
 

Dr. Yanina Kostina-O'Neil is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Waterbury, CT, New Haven, CT, and Southbury, CT. She attended medical school at I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy. For her professional training, Dr. Kostina-O'Neil completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kostina-O'Neil accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Kostina-O'Neil (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kostina-O'Neil is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 W Main Street; Suite 100
Waterbury, CT
 

Dr. Joel Geffin is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Waterbury, CT, New Haven, CT, and Southbury, CT. The average patient rating for Dr. Geffin is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Geffin's clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and anterior segment diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Geffin completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Geffin (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 W Main Street; Suite 100
Waterbury, CT
 

Dr. Peter Branden is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Branden's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Branden performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Branden (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT
 

Dr. Aron Rose specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at New York Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Rose's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rose is 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
1201 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT
 

Dr. David Silverstone is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). After attending New York Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Silverstone's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Patient ratings for Dr. Silverstone average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Silverstone is in-network for Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Silverstone (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes 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.