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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 a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Foster is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. He is in-network for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Great-West Healthcare, AARP, and more. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Foster has received include American Ophthalmological Society; Best Doctors In America, 1996- present; and Who's Who In America, 1985-Present. In addition to English, Dr. Foster (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He 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 a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Her clinical interests include glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Dr. Richter's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, she performed her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Richter include: 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. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Richter's office for an appointment.

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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). Dr. Vanderveen (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. In her practice, she is particularly interested in strabismus, glaucoma, and retinopathy of prematurity. Dr. Vanderveen's professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Dr. Vanderveen is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vanderveen honors. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Kansas Medical School; Phi Beta Kappa, Kansas State University.; and Farley Award, Von L. Meyer Award. Dr. Vanderveen welcomes 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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Fine is especially interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fine's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and 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. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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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 sees patients in Framingham, MA, Cambridge, MA, and Plymouth, MA. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Judge include diabetic eye exam, glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Judge's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Judge is professionally affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. She is open to 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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, Dr. Umlas focuses on glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Umlas accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before performing his residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Umlas attended Harvard Medical School. Dr. Umlas has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors and **other Specialty:glaucoma**. Dr. Umlas (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Russian. His professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Umlas is open to 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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Wellesley Hills, MA. His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Sutcliffe honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Sutcliffe attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he 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.

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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.