We found 8 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Coventry Bronze HMO near Largo, FL.

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

Dr. Richard Hairston's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hairston include glaucoma, retina surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System. 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 attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Hairston speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Philip Shettle is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Largo, FL. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shettle accepts. Dr. Shettle attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shettle trained at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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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, who practices in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially 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. Dr. Greenidge 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. In addition to English, Dr. Greenidge speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

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). These areas are among Dr. Sibley's clinical interests: diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System. He graduated from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Sibley completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 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.

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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 sees patients in Largo, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Layden trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. In Dr. Layden's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and cataracts. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
148 13th Street Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz works as an ophthalmologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Schwartz is especially interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System. His education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Schwartz's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
7676 Hunter Lane
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Martin Rosenblum's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Rosenblum (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. His clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Rosenblum studied medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Rosenblum trained at Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Patient reviews placed Dr. Rosenblum at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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. Clinton Woods Sheets, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
601 S Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Clinton Sheets' medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, Dr. Sheets focuses on glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Sheets attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Sheets 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.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, 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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