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Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Dale Oates is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Oates is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton, South Shore Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Oates completed his residency training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes 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. Dr. McHam is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and a graduate of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary's residency program. In her practice, she is particularly interested in glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. McHam include: *other Specialty: Glaucoma & Cataract*; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and Speaker, New England Ophthalmological Society. Dr. McHam (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and French. She is affiliated with Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton, and South Shore Hospital. Dr. McHam 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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Hingham, MA, Quincy, MA, and Weymouth, MA. Before performing her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Antigua attended Cebu Institute of Medicine for medical school. She is especially interested in glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Antigua's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She has received the following distinctions: Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. 10 Years Award and Dedication to Resident Teaching.. Dr. Antigua is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton and South Shore Hospital. Dr. Antigua 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
1900 Crown Colony Drive; Suite 301
Quincy, MA
 

Dr. David Lotufo's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Lotufo is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lotufo include glaucoma. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His distinctions 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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Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Chang specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Weymouth, MA and Milton, MA. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma. Dr. Chang is professionally affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton and South Shore Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chang's medical residency was performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Chang offers interpreting services for his patients.

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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.