We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Aetna Affordable Health Choices near Lake Forest, IL.

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Dr. Rebecca Baird Mets-Halgrimson, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
900 N. Westmoreland Avenue, Suite 110; 660 N Westmoreland
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Rebecca Mets-Halgrimson's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. She is especially interested in strabismus, retinoblastoma, and hemangioma. She honors Coventry, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mets-Halgrimson attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Mets-Halgrimson trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mets-Halgrimson's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Bahram Rahmani, MPH, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Campus Lake
Forest, IL
 

Dr. Bahram Rahmani's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Clinical interests for Dr. Rahmani include diplopia (double vision), strabismus, and glaucoma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rahmani honors. Dr. Rahmani speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Janice Lasky Lasky, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Campus Lake
Forest, IL
 

Dr. Janice Zeid is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Her areas of expertise include the following: strabismus, glaucoma, and retinoblastoma. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zeid attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. She is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Zeid welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Tumor, Retinoblastoma, Hemangiomas, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Sudhi P Kurup, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Campus Lake
Forest, IL
 

Dr. Sudhi Kurup is a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: strabismus, glaucoma, and retinoblastoma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kurup takes. Dr. Kurup speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is accepting new patients.

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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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