We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Humana Catastrophic near Peoria, IL.

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Dr. John Patrick Rhode, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
93 Eastgate Drive
Washington, IL
 

Dr. John Rhode specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Rhode is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He is affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL).

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
400 Ne Saint Mark Court
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Raymond Heyde is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Peoria, IL and Pekin, IL. Dr. Heyde's clinical interests encompass comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL). After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Heyde is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Evan Peter Lagouros, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
93 Eastgate Drive
Washington, IL
 

Dr. Evan Lagouros specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) and practices in Peoria, IL and Washington, IL. Dr. Lagouros has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL). He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Lagouros's residency was performed at Summa Health System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lagouros honors.

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Dr. Michael Samuel Grossman, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Ophthalmology
4505 N. Rockwood Drive; Suite 1
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Michael Grossman practices surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease) in Peoria, IL and Streator, IL. Dr. Grossman's areas of expertise include cataracts. Dr. Grossman's hospital/clinic affiliations include OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL) and OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. Dr. Grossman is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Grossman graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. For Dr. Grossman's professional training, Dr. Grossman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Blepharoplasty

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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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