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We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Humana HMO Premier near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Kevin Cecil Greenidge, MPH, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6133 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Greenidge's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Greenidge include glaucoma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greenidge accepts. Dr. Greenidge studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Greenidge speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. Richard Joseph Hairston, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5900 Central Avenue; Suite I
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Richard Hairston is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Hairston's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, retina surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). The average patient rating for Dr. Hairston is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hairston attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital.

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All Interests: Research, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
5900 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz sees patients in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Schwartz is especially interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2200 16th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Martin Rosenblum is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Rosenblum attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College for residency. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. The average patient rating for Dr. Rosenblum is 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. Dr. Rosenblum (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Mark Anderson Sibley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1515 9th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mark Sibley is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sibley's clinical interests include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. 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. Sibley attended Meharry Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama.

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

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
603 7th Street, S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. James Powers' specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Powers include vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Powers's residency was performed at Albany Medical Center.

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All Interests: Dry Eyes, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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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.