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Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Claudia Richter practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Waltham, MA, Plymouth, MA, and Boston, MA. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She trained at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for residency. These areas are among Dr. Richter's clinical interests: glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Dr. Richter's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Honor Award 1993, Amer Academy Of Ophthalmology; and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Richter (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Richter's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Anterior Segment Diseases, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. James W Hung, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. James Hung's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Hung focuses on glaucoma and cataracts. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Hung speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with Beverly Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Bradford Shingleton's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shingleton include glaucoma and cataracts. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shingleton attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Charles B Cannon Memorial Prize Senior Book Prize Graduate With Honors, Univ Michigan Med Schl; and Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Princeton Univ. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shingleton has an open panel.

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All Interests: Laser Treatment, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Laura C Fine, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Laura Fine is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She works in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Plymouth, MA. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Fine takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Dr. Fine attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: Phi Beta Kappa Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship 2002-3 and Oliver Memorial Prize-Best Ophthalmology Student At University Of Pennsylvania. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Daniel O'Connor's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. O'Connor attended Tulane University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. O'Connor is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of National Eye Institute Arvo Scholarship. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Jody Judge works as an ophthalmologist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetic eye exam, glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Judge's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Auburn Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. After attending Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Judge average 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Diabetic Eye Exam, Cornea Problems, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Oats include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Oats performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan. Dr. Oats has received the following distinction: *additional Board Certification In Emergency Medicine*. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Stephen Rostler works as an ophthalmologist. His clinical interests include glaucoma, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Rostler has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rostler obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rostler is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Surgery

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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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