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We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health Premier 1418V near Naples, FL.

Dr. Alana Lee Grajewski, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
311 9th Street North
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Alana Grajewski is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of clinical interest consist of eye surgery and glaucoma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grajewski takes. She obtained her medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed her residency at Wills Eye Institute. Dr. Grajewski has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Fairview Southdale Hospital, the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC).

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Eye Surgery, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
4085 Tamiami Trail N; Suite B103
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Lani Vu is an ophthalmologist. In Dr. Vu's practice, she is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. She 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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
661 Goodlette Road N; Suite 105
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Paul Rougraff's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rougraff include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Patient ratings for Dr. Rougraff average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
700 Neapolitan Way
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Julia Carter's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Carter include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Carter completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Carter honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
3455 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Mimi Groom's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Groom obtained her medical school training at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and performed her residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Groom takes.

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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.