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We found 7 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Medicare near Salisbury, MD.

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). His clinical interests encompass glaucoma and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Benner attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Atlantic General Hospital.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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

Dr. Joseph Schwartz works as a pediatric ophthalmologist and retina specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schwartz include glaucoma and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. Dr. Schwartz is affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Beebe Healthcare, and Atlantic General Hospital. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Schwartz completed a residency program at Washington Hospital Center.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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

Dr. Jason Yonker is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Salisbury, MD and Berlin, MD. In his practice, Dr. Yonker focuses on glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Yonker takes Medicare insurance. He graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Kresge Eye Institute. He is professionally affiliated with Atlantic General Hospital.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Glaucoma

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

Dr. William Doyle sees patients in Salisbury, MD. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Doyle obtained his medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Doyle is affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
101 Milford Street
Salisbury, MD
 

Dr. Richard Meeks is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Salisbury, MD and Berlin, MD. His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and external eye diseases. Dr. Meeks is affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Meeks attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Meeks honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Edmund Forte is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. He has a special interest in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Forte takes. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Ohio State University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Gary Luppens' area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Clinical interests for Dr. Luppens include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Luppens takes. His education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. He is professionally 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.