We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Humana Catastrophic HMO near Tarpon Springs, FL.

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
43309 Us Highway 19 N
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Brian Phillpotts is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Patient ratings for Dr. Phillpotts average 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Phillpotts include glaucoma and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Phillpotts's training includes a residency program at Howard University Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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

Dr. Stephen Deppermann is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Tarpon Springs, FL and Lake Worth, FL. Dr. Deppermann's clinical interests include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Boston Medical Center for residency. Dr. Deppermann has received the following distinction: Honorary Teaching Award, Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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

Dr. Gustavo Gamero is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He is especially interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Gamero studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. He completed his residency training at Catholic Medical Center. 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

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

Dr. Clinton Sheets is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sheets include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Sheets studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Sheets takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Robert Charles Urban Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
32615 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 6
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Robert Urban's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Areas of expertise for Dr. Urban include glaucoma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Urban takes. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Diseases

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
2020 Seven Springs Boulevard
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Geeta Shah sees patients in New Port Richey, FL. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She has indicated that her clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is a graduate of L.T. Municipal Medical College. Dr. Shah's medical residency was performed at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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.