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Specializes in Ophthalmology
4129 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Edward Rosanelli works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Rosanelli is conversant in Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rosanelli include glaucoma, laser treatment, and surgical procedures. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Rosanelli takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, Glaucoma

Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
501 N Howard Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. William Layden practices ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, Dr. Layden focuses on glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Layden is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. 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: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Michael J Levitt, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3115 W Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michael Levitt specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Tampa, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include macular degeneration, uveitis, and eye ultrasound. Dr. Levitt takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Levitt attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Implant Surgery, YAG Laser Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Uveitis, Intraocular Lens ... (Read more)

Dr. John Frederick Altenburg, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4600 North Habana; #7
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Altenburg specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at Vanderbilt Eye Institute. Dr. Altenburg's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cornea problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Altenburg is affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Eye Problems, Cornea Problems, Eyelid Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
508 S. Habana Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Deen King is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma. Dr. King is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. King attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: 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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