We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Humana near Decatur, GA.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
285 Boulevard Ne; Suite 540
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Augustus Stephens' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include glaucoma, glasses, and cataract surgery. He is affiliated with WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Stephens honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Stephens trained at Howard University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis.

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All Interests: Glasses, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Contact Lenses

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1365 Clifton Road Ne, Building B; Suite 4500
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Allen Beck practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. Dr. Beck is affiliated with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Beck attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Atlanta Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1457 Scott Boulevard
Decatur, GA
 

Dr. Paul McManus practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Decatur, GA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He graduated from Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. McManus is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Anastasios P Costarides, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; # B
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Anatasios Costarides is an Atlanta, GA physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in glaucoma. Dr. Costarides takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA
 

Dr. Parul Khator, who practices in Decatur, GA and Atlanta, GA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Khator's practice, she is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1365b Clifton Road Ne; Building B Suite 4500
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Jeremy Jones, who practices in Atlanta, GA and Decatur, GA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Clinical interests for Dr. Jones include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Atlanta VA Medical Center and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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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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