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We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Norma Jeanne Flack, DO
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2334 Ne 53rd St; Fort
Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Norma Flack's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She obtained her medical school training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Flack's areas of expertise include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Flack is affiliated with Broward Health Imperial Point and Baptist Outpatient Services.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

Dr. Noel Loring Elgut, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1800 E Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Noel Elgut practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Elgut's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Elgut include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with Broward Health. Dr. Elgut honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital and Cooper University Hospital. His distinctions include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

Dr. Virgil Enrique Enrique Ferrer Sklar Sklar, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Virgil Sklar's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sklar include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Sklar is professionally affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

Dr. Janis Ivars Dzelzkalns, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Janis Dzelzkalns is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Dzelzkalns is especially interested in diabetes, glaucoma, and cataracts. Dr. Dzelzkalns honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Dzelzkalns is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Dzelzkalns trained at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary for residency. Dr. Dzelzkalns's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma

Dr. Amarilis Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Amarilis Gonzalez's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include prostate problems, menopause, and depression. She is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital. Dr. Gonzalez takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of West Suburban Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Gonzalez speaks Spanish.

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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.