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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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Dr. Foster has indicated that his clinical interests include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Great-West Healthcare, and AARP, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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. Dr. Foster is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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 a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Richter (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. In Dr. Richter's practice, she is particularly interested in glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Richter is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Richter honors. Dr. Richter has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa; and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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, who practices in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Peabody, MA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Vanderveen completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include the following: strabismus, glaucoma, and retinopathy of prematurity. Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vanderveen honors. She has received distinctions including 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) is conversant in Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. Dr. Vanderveen is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). She is open to new patients.

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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fine include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Phi Beta Kappa; Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship 2002-3; and Oliver Memorial Prize-Best Ophthalmology Student. Dr. Fine is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Jody Judge practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Framingham, MA, Cambridge, MA, and Plymouth, MA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Judge at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include diabetic eye exam, glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Auburn Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. After attending Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Judge completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center.

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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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Lexington, MA, Arlington, MA, and Concord, MA. Dr. Umlas's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Boston Super Doctors and **other Specialty:glaucoma**. Dr. Umlas (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Russian. Dr. Umlas is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Umlas's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Ernest Sutcliffe's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Sutcliffe include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Sutcliffe is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University for residency. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Sutcliffe has received include Outstanding Commitment & Teaching, Presented by the Residents at New England Eye Center, Boston and Distinguished Service Award, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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.