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Specializes in Ophthalmology
88 Ansel Hallet Road
West Yarmouth, MA
 

Dr. Bradford Shingleton is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Shingleton's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and cataracts. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Shingleton performed his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has received distinctions including 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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
88 Ansel Hallet Road
West Yarmouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats' medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Oats average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Oats's areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Oats attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. He has received distinctions including *additional Board Certification In Emergency and Medicine*. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Oats is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
23 Whites Path
South Yarmouth, MA
 

Dr. Dale Oates practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Quincy, MA, Weymouth, MA, and Milton, MA. Dr. Oates studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In his practice, Dr. Oates focuses on glaucoma and cataracts. On average, patients gave Dr. Oates a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton, South Shore Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
23 Whites Path
S. Yarmouth, MA
 

Dr. David Lotufo is an ophthalmologist in Quincy, MA, Greenfield, MA, and South Yarmouth, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lotufo include glaucoma. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lotufo include: Diamond Award, Harvard Community Health Plan; Peer Recognition Award, Harvard Community Health; and Plan. Dr. Lotufo is open to new patients.

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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.
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