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We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Weymouth, MA.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Dale Oates practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Quincy, MA, Weymouth, MA, and Milton, MA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Oates's clinical interests: glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Oates attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Oates is affiliated with 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
25 School Street
Quincy, MA
 

Dr. Mary McHam is an ophthalmologist in Quincy, MA, Dorchester, MA, and Boston, MA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. McHam is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Her distinctions include: *other Specialty: Glaucoma & Cataract*; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and Speaker, New England Ophthalmological Society. Dr. McHam (or staff) speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton, and South Shore Hospital. Dr. McHam's 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
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Maida Antigua is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Antigua's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. She is professionally affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton and South Shore Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Antigua takes. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Antigua attended Cebu Institute of Medicine for medical school. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Antigua include: Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. 10 Years Award and Dedication to Resident Teaching..

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1900 Crown Colony Drive; Suite 301
Quincy, MA
 

Dr. David Lotufo is an ophthalmologist. He is especially interested in glaucoma. 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. Before completing his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Lotufo attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lotufo include: Diamond Award, Harvard Community Health Plan; Peer Recognition Award, Harvard Community Health; and Plan. Dr. Lotufo has an open panel.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Chang specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chang graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Chang is professionally affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton and South Shore Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Diseases

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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.