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

Dr. Kevin Greenidge is an ophthalmologist. In his practice, Dr. Greenidge focuses on glaucoma. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and performed his residency 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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hairston include glaucoma, retina surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. 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 speaks Spanish. Dr. Hairston is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
148 13th Street Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Schwartz is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Schwartz has a special interest in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. 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. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). 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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Largo, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shettle honors. Before performing his residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU), Dr. Shettle attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

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). After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. On average, patients gave Dr. Sibley a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sibley accepts.

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

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

Dr. Clinton Sheets works as an ophthalmologist in Clearwater, FL and Trinity, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Sheets graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sheets trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Sheets 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: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. James Nielsen's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Nielsen's areas of expertise include the following: uveitis, glaucoma, and contact lenses. 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. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. William Layden is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Layden include glaucoma and cataracts. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville for residency.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

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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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