We found 9 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Silver 102 - Three $0 PCP Visits near Columbia, MD.

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Dr. Vanessa L Limawararut, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway; Suite 101
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Vanessa Lima's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She is rated highly by her patients. These areas are among Dr. Lima's clinical interests: macular degeneration, blepharoplasty, and cancer. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. She has an open panel. Dr. Lima graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Lima completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. She is conversant in Thai.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eyes, Eyelid Problems, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anshu Prasad Prasad, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
5670 April Journey
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Anshu Sinha's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sinha include glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Sinha completed her residency training at Westchester Medical Center. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Problems, Cornea Problems

Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence Wexler, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
11055 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Jeffrey Wexler is an ophthalmologist in Baltimore, MD and Columbia, MD. Patient ratings for Dr. Wexler average 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. Dr. Wexler takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wexler obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. His professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital.

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway; Suite 101
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Lenard Hammer sees patients in Columbia, MD and Olney, MD. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Hammer performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Johns Hopkins Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Dr. Hammer is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems, Glaucoma

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway; Suite 101
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Scott Becker's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. In his practice, Dr. Becker focuses on glaucoma. He is affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland, Dr. Becker attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Becker is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Other, Pediatric Ophthalmology
8860 Columbia; 100 Parkway
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Gordon Lui is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Lui obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. His areas of expertise include glaucoma. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Lui is affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
11055 Little Patuxent Pky; Suite 105
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Connie McRill's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McRill's clinical interests encompass diabetes, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. She studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She trained at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for her residency. Dr. McRill is affiliated with MedStar Health and Saint Agnes Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
2100 Ganton Green; B-203
Woodstock, MD
 

Dr. Duane Bryant practices pediatric ophthalmology. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. Dr. Bryant attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Maryland General Hospital.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
11055 Little Patuxent Parkway; Suite 105
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Jerome Ross is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Baltimore, MD, Columbia, MD, and Woodlawn, MD. His areas of expertise consist of comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ross graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Ross is affiliated with MedStar Health.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, 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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