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Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Dale Oates works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Oates is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary's residency program. He is especially interested in glaucoma and cataracts. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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: Cataracts, Glaucoma

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

Dr. David Lotufo specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Quincy, MA, Greenfield, MA, and South Yarmouth, MA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lotufo include glaucoma. Dr. Lotufo accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Lotufo has received professional recognition including the following: Diamond Award, Harvard Community Health Plan; Peer Recognition Award, Harvard Community Health; and Plan. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Maida Antigua, who practices in Hingham, MA, Quincy, MA, and Weymouth, MA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Her clinical interests encompass glaucoma and cataracts. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton and South Shore Hospital. Dr. Antigua obtained her medical school training at Cebu Institute of Medicine and performed her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Antigua's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. 10 Years Award and Dedication to Resident Teaching.. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Chang practices ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and cataracts. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chang's education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Chang offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton and South Shore Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, 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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