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We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept United Healthcare Choice near Wheaton, IL.

Dr. Edward Sung, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Edward Sung sees patients in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Sung's clinical interests: glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and cataracts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Sung is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

Dr. Noha Stephanie Ekdawi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Noha Ekdawi's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Ekdawi's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, Dr. Ekdawi completed her residency training at Mayo Clinic. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Down Syndrome, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Exam, Diabetes, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Newborn Care, Eye ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Gieser is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Gieser is especially interested in glaucoma. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gieser honors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Gieser is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. Jeremy Blaine Wingard, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Jeremy Wingard works as an ophthalmologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of microsurgery, glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Wingard takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. Dr. Wingard is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Microsurgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

Dr. Ruth D Williams, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Ruth Williams is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. She attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Williams include glaucoma. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williams takes. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. David K Gieser, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. David Gieser is an ophthalmologist in Wheaton, IL and Naperville, IL. Before completing his residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Gieser attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is especially interested in glaucoma. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gieser accepts. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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.