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We found 4 providers with an interest in eye problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Advantage Plus near Prairie Village, KS.

Dr. Billi Sue Wallace, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4321 Washington; Suite 2100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Billi Wallace is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Wallace's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's South Hospital, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and Research Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Wallace has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , strabismus, eye problems

All Interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Komal B Desai, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3800 W 75th Street
Prairie Village, KS
 

Dr. Komal Desai's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Desai has a special interest in eye surgery and eye cancer. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo, Dr. Desai attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , eye cancer

All Interests: Eye Surgery, Eye Cancer

Dr. Timothy Andrew Walline, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3800 W 75th Street
Prairie Village, KS
 

Dr. Timothy Walline's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests encompass anterior segment diseases and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. After completing medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Dr. Walline performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , anterior segment diseases

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Anterior Segment Diseases, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

Matthew J Twardowski
Specializes in Optometry
7400 State Line Road; Suite 100
Prairie Village, KS
 

Dr. Matthew Twardowski practices optometry (primary eye care). Areas of expertise for Dr. Twardowski include glasses, contact lenses, and diabetic retinopathy. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Twardowski honors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetic retinopathy, dry eye syndrome

All Interests: Glasses, Dry Eye Syndrome, Eye Exam, Diabetic Retinopathy, Contact Lenses

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What are Eye Problems?

Almost every moment that we are awake, we rely on our eyes to navigate and interact with the world around us. But we rarely give our eyes much thought. The truth is, the eyes are amazing, complex and delicate organs. Millions of people every year have problems with their eyes. Some of the most common eye problems are refractive disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Refractive disorders happen when the shape of your eye doesn’t let you focus very precisely. You might be myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), or have an astigmatism, which is a focus problem caused by the cornea. Refractive disorders can be corrected by glasses or contacts.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It happens when fluid pressure builds up within the eye and damages the optic nerve. It is treated with medications and surgery.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. The retina is tissue at the back of the eye that is filled with numerous, tiny blood vessels. When diabetes damages these delicate blood vessels, they burst or leak, leading to blind spots and blurred vision. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy and surgery, but often vision cannot be restored.

Macular degeneration is common in older adults. The macula is the central part of the retina and is responsible for crisp center vision. Over time, the cells in the macula begin to die, making central vision blurry. An early symptom of macular degeneration is that straight lines appear wavy.

Cataracts happen when the clear lens in the front of the eye becomes cloudy, making things look blurry or faded. They are extremely common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract. In early stages, prescription glasses and magnifying lenses can help. As the cataracts get worse, surgery to replace the lens may be the best option.

More than just one of the five senses, we rely heavily on our eyes to communicate, work, and get around every day. It’s important to have regular eye exams to make sure your vision stays in good shape for years to come.