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We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Choice Bronze PPO 005 near West Yarmouth, MA.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
88 Ansel Hallet Road
West Yarmouth, MA
 

Dr. Husamuddin Ansari is an ophthalmologist in Boston, MA, Sandwich, MA, and West Yarmouth, MA. In his practice, Dr. Ansari focuses on glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Ansari has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Wilmer Eye Institute, Dr. Ansari attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Ansari (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Ansari is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
88 Ansel Hallet Road
West Yarmouth, MA
 

Dr. Bradford Shingleton is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Boston, MA, West Yarmouth, MA, and Sandwich, MA. The average patient rating for Dr. Shingleton is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shingleton include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shingleton is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary's residency program. His distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Princeton Univ; and Phi Beta Kappa Scholastic Honorary.

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All Interests: Laser Treatment, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
23 Whites Path
South Yarmouth, MA
 

Dr. Dale Oates is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Oates attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Patients gave Dr. Oates an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan. Dr. Oates's hospital/clinic affiliations include Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton, South Shore Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
88 Ansel Hallet Road
West Yarmouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Oats has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Oats performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received professional recognition including the following: *additional Board Certification In Emergency and Medicine*. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
23 Whites Path
S. Yarmouth, MA
 

Dr. David Lotufo's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in glaucoma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lotufo takes. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Lotufo's education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has received the following distinctions: Diamond Award, Harvard Community Health Plan; Peer Recognition Award, Harvard Community Health; and Plan.

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All Interests: 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.