We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Brandon, FL.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
403 Vonderburg Drive; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Ignatius Cyriac's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Cyriac's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Cyriac attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Grace Angella Levy-Clarke, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
135 W Robertson Street
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Grace Levy-Clarke is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Brandon, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Levy-Clarke include uveitis and glaucoma. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin and Ohio State University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Ohio State University Medical Center.

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All Interests: Uveitis, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
403 Vonderburg Drive; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. William Reeves' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a special interest in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Reeves is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. He trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for his residency.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
403 Vonderburg Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. David Nichols' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Nichols include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, Dr. Nichols attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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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.