We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Fallon Community Health Plan near Waltham, MA.

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

Dr. Claudia Richter, who practices in Waltham, MA, Plymouth, MA, and Boston, MA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Richter's clinical interests: glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Richter is accepting new patients. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Richter's distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Honor Award 1993, Amer Academy Of Ophthalmology; and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Richter (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian.

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

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

Dr. Laura Fine practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Fine is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fine takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Fine include: Phi Beta Kappa Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship 2002-3 and Oliver Memorial Prize-Best Ophthalmology Student At University Of Pennsylvania.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Jody Judge's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. These areas are among Dr. Judge's clinical interests: diabetic eye exam, glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Judge is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She trained at Boston Medical Center for her residency. She is affiliated with 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

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

Dr. Ernest Sutcliffe sees patients in Wellesley Hills, MA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Sutcliffe is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University for residency. 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. Dr. Sutcliffe's practice is open to 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.
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