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Specializes in Ophthalmology
43309 Us Highway 19n
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Depperman is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Tarpon Springs, FL and Lake Worth, FL. Dr. Depperman has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Depperman include glaucoma and cataracts. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Boston Medical Center, Dr. Depperman attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Depperman has received professional recognition including the following: Honorary Teaching Award, Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Robert Charles Urban Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5347 Main Street; Suite 100
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Robert Urban's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Urban's clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Urban's training includes a residency program at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
5413 Us Highway 19
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. James Powers is a retina specialist in New Port Richey, FL, Clearwater, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Powers attended the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Albany Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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All Interests: Dry Eyes, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Clinton Woods Sheets, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2031 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Clinton Sheets works as an ophthalmologist. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Sheets's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sheets is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
7630 Cypress Drive
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Geeta Shah specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). After attending L.T. Municipal Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Shah honors 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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