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We found 8 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Silver 102 - Three $0 PCP Visits near Columbia, MD.

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

Dr. Vanessa Lima is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Lima's areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, blepharoplasty, and cancer. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lima accepts. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Lima completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. In addition to English, she speaks Thai. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. Dr. Lima is open to new patients.

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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). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sinha include glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and cataracts. Dr. Sinha is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital. Dr. Sinha studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She trained at Westchester Medical Center for residency. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sinha honors.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Eye Problems, Cornea ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gordon Lui's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Lui's areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Dr. Lui is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and New York Medical College and residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

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

Dr. Lenard Hammer is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. He works in Columbia, MD and Olney, MD. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hammer include glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Johns Hopkins Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hammer's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Jeffrey Wexler is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Baltimore, MD and Columbia, MD. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. The average patient rating for Dr. Wexler is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wexler accepts. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete 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. Scott Becker is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. He works in Columbia, MD, Olney, MD, and Brookeville, MD. The average patient rating for Dr. Becker is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Becker include glaucoma. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Becker trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. He is affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

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

Dr. Connie McRill's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. McRill average 4.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. McRill's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Her professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Saint Agnes Hospital. Dr. McRill accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes

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

Dr. Jerome Ross is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Ross's areas of clinical interest consist of comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. He 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.