We found 9 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions All Copay near Largo, FL.

Dr. Philip Lee Shettle, DO
Specializes in Ophthalmology
13113 66th Street N
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Philip Shettle, who practices in Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Shettle graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Shettle's residency was performed at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

Dr. Kevin Cecil Greenidge, MPH, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
148 13th Street Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Greenidge's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include glaucoma. Dr. Greenidge accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Greenidge trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. Richard Joseph Hairston, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
148 13th Street Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Richard Hairston is an ophthalmologist in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Hairston's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, retina surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hairston graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Hairston is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital.

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All Interests: Research, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

Specializes in Ophthalmology
148 13th Street Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In Dr. Schwartz's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Schwartz attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Schwartz is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Mark Anderson Sibley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 260
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mark Sibley's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. Dr. Sibley takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sibley graduated from Meharry Medical College. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama.

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All Interests: Diabetes, LASIK, Cornea Problems, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery

Dr. James M Nielsen, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; #260
Largo, FL
 

Dr. James Nielsen's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Nielsen's areas of expertise consist of uveitis, glaucoma, and contact lenses. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Clinton Woods Sheets, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
601 S Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Clinton Sheets practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Clearwater, FL and Trinity, FL. Dr. Sheets's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Sheets is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
148 13th Street Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. William Layden, who practices in Largo, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and cataracts. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville, Dr. Layden attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Diseases

Dr. Peter Christian Smith, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
610 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Peter Smith is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Smith is especially interested in diabetic foot ulcers, glaucoma, and contact lenses. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and BlueOptions, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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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.
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