We found 8 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Medicare near Salisbury, MD.

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Dr. Jeffrey David Benner, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Diseases
6511 Deer Pointe Drive
Salisbury, MD
 

Dr. Jeffrey Benner is a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Benner studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Benner trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Atlantic General Hospital.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Joseph Christopher Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Diseases
31455 Winter Place Parkway
Salisbury, MD
 

Dr. Joseph Schwartz's specialties are pediatric ophthalmology and vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His clinical interests include glaucoma. Dr. Schwartz is affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Beebe Healthcare, and Atlantic General Hospital. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schwartz honors. Dr. Schwartz's education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at Washington Hospital Center.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
105 Pine Bluff Road; Suite 1
Salisbury, MD
 

Dr. Jason Yonker's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Kresge Eye Institute. Dr. Yonker's clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. He honors Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with Atlantic General Hospital.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
105 Pine Bluff Road; Suite 1
Salisbury, MD
 

Dr. Todd Bescak's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bescak include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Bescak is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at OhioHealth - Doctors Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Atlantic General Hospital.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. William Jay Doyle III, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
101 Milford Street
Salisbury, MD
 

Dr. William Doyle is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. He works in Salisbury, MD. Dr. Doyle's areas of expertise include glaucoma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Doyle attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Edmund John Forte, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
101 Milford Street
Salisbury, MD
 

Dr. Edmund Forte sees patients in Salisbury, MD and Berlin, MD. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Forte include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Forte is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Forte completed a residency program at Ohio State University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
101 Milford Street
Salisbury, MD
 

Dr. Richard Meeks specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and practices in Salisbury, MD and Berlin, MD. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Meeks's medical residency was performed at Ohio State University Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Cornea Problems

Dr. Gary Philip Luppens, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
101 Milford Street
Salisbury, MD
 

Dr. Gary Luppens works as a pediatric ophthalmologist. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Luppens takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Luppens is affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, 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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