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We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Hazem Mahmoud Samy, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Hazem Samy practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Gainesville, FL. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Samy attended medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. Mark B Sherwood, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Department of Ophthalmology; Box 100284 Jhmhc
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Mark Sherwood is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. His education and training includes medical school at The University of Manchester School of Medicine and residency at St. Thomas' Hospital, London. He has a special interest in glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Sherwood is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sherwood is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

Dr. Charles Richard Blake, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Charles Blake's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a special interest in glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Blake is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Blake's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
4340 Newberry Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Timothy Quinn specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Quinn include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Quinn takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He trained at California Pacific Medical Center for residency.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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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.