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We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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

Dr. Kevin Greenidge is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Greenidge is especially interested in glaucoma. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma

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

Dr. Richard Hairston's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Hairston speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma, retina surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Patient ratings for Dr. Hairston average 3.0 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. Hairston honors.

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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 is an ophthalmologist in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Schwartz is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schwartz include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Schwartz's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Rosenblum (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. After attending the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Rosenblum completed his residency training at Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. The average patient rating for Dr. Rosenblum is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosenblum 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

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

Dr. Mark Sibley's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Sibley has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sibley accepts. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, he performed 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 is a retina specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Powers include vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at Albany Medical Center, Dr. Powers attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Powers is professionally affiliated with Largo 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.