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We found 7 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Fallon Community Health Plan near Waltham, MA.

Dr. Charles Stephen Foster, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1440 Main Street; Suite 201
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Charles Foster sees patients in Waltham, MA and Cambridge, MA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Foster is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Great-West Healthcare, and AARP are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Foster honors. Dr. Foster attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. He has received the following distinctions: American Ophthalmological Society; Best Doctors In America, 1996- present; and Who's Who In America, 1985-Present. Dr. Foster (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Foster welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Uveitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
52 Second Avenue; Suite 2500
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Claudia Richter is an ophthalmologist. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Richter include glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, she completed her residency training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Boston Super Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa; and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Richter (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Deborah K Vanderveen, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Deborah Vanderveen's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Vanderveen include strabismus, glaucoma, and retinopathy of prematurity. Dr. Vanderveen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). She honors several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Vanderveen's office for an appointment. She studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Boston Medical Center. She has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Kansas Medical School; Phi Beta Kappa, Kansas State University.; and Farley Award, Von L. Meyer Award. Dr. Vanderveen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Ptosis, Strabismus, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

Dr. Laura C Fine, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
52 Second Avenue; Suite 2500
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Laura Fine specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Plymouth, MA. Her areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patients rated Dr. Fine highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan. Dr. Fine obtained her medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the following distinctions: Phi Beta Kappa; Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship 2002-3; and Oliver Memorial Prize-Best Ophthalmology Student. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fine has an open panel.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
625 Mount Auburn Street; Suite 100
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. Jody Judge's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetic eye exam, glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Judge is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Judge's education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Mount Auburn Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. James W Umlas, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
281 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA
 

Dr. James Umlas' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Umlas is especially interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Umlas's distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors and **other Specialty:glaucoma**. Dr. Umlas (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Russian. His professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Umlas is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
65 Walnut Street; Suite 330
Wellesley Hills, MA
 

Dr. Ernest Sutcliffe is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Wellesley Hills, MA. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. After attending Brown University, Alpert Medical School, Dr. Sutcliffe completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sutcliffe has received distinctions including Outstanding Commitment & Teaching, Presented by the Residents at New England Eye Center, Boston and Distinguished Service Award, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, 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.