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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 works as an ophthalmologist. She is rated highly by her patients. Her clinical interests include macular degeneration, blepharoplasty, and cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lima honors. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Lima is conversant in Thai. She is affiliated with MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. She 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 practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Columbia, MD. Patients gave Dr. Sinha an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and cataracts. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, she performed her residency at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Sinha is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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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 Ophthalmology
11055 Little Patuxent Pky; Suite 105
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Connie McRill is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She works in Baltimore, MD and Columbia, MD. Dr. McRill attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. McRill completed a residency program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McRill is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. Her professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Saint Agnes Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes

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

Dr. Jeffrey Wexler is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Wexler is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. Dr. Wexler is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. His training includes a residency program at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

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

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

Dr. Gordon Lui is a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Lui's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lui's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and New York Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Lui trained 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 specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and practices in Columbia, MD and Olney, MD. He is especially interested in glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Hammer is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hammer completed a residency program at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Hammer is professionally affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Scott Becker's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. In his practice, Dr. Becker focuses on glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Dr. Becker attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Becker's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

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

Dr. Jerome Ross is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. His areas of expertise consist of comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He is affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Ross is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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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.