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Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, 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
25 School Street
Quincy, MA
 

Dr. Mary McHam is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Her areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McHam takes. Dr. McHam 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 the following foreign languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton, and South Shore Hospital. She is accepting 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's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Antigua takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Antigua is a graduate of Cebu Institute of Medicine and a graduate of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary's residency program. She has received distinctions including Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. 10 Years Award and Dedication to Resident Teaching.. Her professional affiliations include Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton and South Shore Hospital. She has an open panel.

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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 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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Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Chang is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chang include glaucoma. Dr. Chang is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chang completed his residency training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He offers interpreting services for his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton and South Shore Hospital. Dr. Chang is accepting new 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.