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

Dr. Kevin Greenidge is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Greenidge's clinical interests include glaucoma. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

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

Dr. Richard Hairston works as an ophthalmologist in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hairston include glaucoma, retina surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hairston is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital.

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

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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. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Schwartz is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Schwartz is conversant in 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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Largo, FL and Tampa, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Shettle is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Shettle is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

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. In Dr. Sheets's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sheets takes. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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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 ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. Patient reviews placed Dr. Sibley at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama, Dr. Sibley attended Meharry Medical College for medical school.

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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, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nielsen include uveitis, glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Nielsen is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Nielsen graduated from New York Medical College. His medical residency was performed at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. 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.

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All Interests: Laser Surgery, Uveitis, Eye Problems, CO2 Laser Treatment, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with ... (Read more)

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

Dr. William Layden is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. In Dr. Layden's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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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, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Dunedin, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetic foot ulcers, glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Smith has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Smith is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, BlueOptions, and more. He 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.