We found 8 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1477 near Largo, FL.

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

Dr. Richard Hairston is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hairston has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma, retina surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hairston takes. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hairston is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Largo Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Kevin Greenidge's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Greenidge include glaucoma. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greenidge takes. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Greenidge completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

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

Dr. Philip Shettle's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include dry eye syndrome and neurological disorders. His average patient rating is 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 takes. Before completing his residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU), Dr. Shettle attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Shettle is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eye Syndrome, Glaucoma, Neurological Disorders, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Mark Sibley sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. He is affiliated with Bardmoor Surgery Center. Dr. Sibley is a graduate of Meharry Medical College. Dr. Sibley trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for his residency. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. 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: Diabetes, LASIK, Cornea Problems, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
148 13th Street Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patient ratings for Dr. Schwartz average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Schwartz is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Schwartz is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Largo Medical Center.

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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 a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Sheets's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for 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 Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Sheets attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and 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 works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Layden attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. He is especially interested in glaucoma and cataracts. He 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. Layden is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He is especially interested in uveitis, glaucoma, and contact lenses. Dr. Nielsen is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Nielsen is affiliated with Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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