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. These areas are among Dr. Foster's clinical interests: macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Great-West Healthcare, AARP, and more. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Foster attended Duke University School of Medicine. His distinctions include: American Ophthalmological Society; Best Doctors In America, 1996- present; and Who's Who In America, 1985-Present. Dr. Foster (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Foster is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Claudia Richter's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Richter has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is especially interested in glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Richter completed her residency training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa; and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Richter (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian.

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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 is an ophthalmologist in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Peabody, MA. Dr. Vanderveen attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vanderveen include strabismus, glaucoma, and retinopathy of prematurity. She is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Medicaid, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Vanderveen include: 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's hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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). Dr. Fine is especially interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Her distinctions include: Phi Beta Kappa; Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship 2002-3; and Oliver Memorial Prize-Best Ophthalmology Student. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Jody Judge, who practices in Framingham, MA, Cambridge, MA, and Plymouth, MA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Judge 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. Dr. Judge takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. She obtained her medical school training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed her residency 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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Umlas takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors and **other Specialty:glaucoma**. Dr. Umlas (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Russian. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Ernest Sutcliffe is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Sutcliffe studied medicine at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. In his practice, Dr. Sutcliffe focuses on glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patients rated Dr. Sutcliffe highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received the following distinctions: Outstanding Commitment & Teaching, Presented by the Residents at New England Eye Center, Boston and Distinguished Service Award, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sutcliffe's office for an appointment.

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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.
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