We found 10 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions All Copay near Largo, FL.

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

Dr. Kevin Greenidge is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Greenidge include glaucoma. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. 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 a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed Dr. Hairston at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, retina surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital. 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. His education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hairston is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery, Vitreous Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
148 13th Street Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Schwartz's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schwartz studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Philip Shettle's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Shettle's education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Shettle is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
7676 Hunter Lane
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Martin Rosenblum is an ophthalmologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. He attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College for residency. In Dr. Rosenblum's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosenblum honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Rosenblum (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Clinton Sheets is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Clearwater, FL and Trinity, FL. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. His clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sheets accepts. Dr. Sheets is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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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 is an ophthalmologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, Dr. Sibley performed his residency 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

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

Dr. William Layden's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Layden include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Layden is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

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

Dr. James Nielsen works as an ophthalmologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nielsen include uveitis, glaucoma, and contact lenses. Dr. Nielsen is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Nielsen's training includes a residency program at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Laser Surgery, Uveitis, Eye Problems, CO2 Laser Treatment, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Contact Lenses

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

Dr. Peter Smith is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Smith include diabetic foot ulcers, glaucoma, and contact lenses. Dr. Smith has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and BlueOptions, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Contact Lenses

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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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