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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 pediatric ophthalmology and vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma. Dr. Benner is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional 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 is a pediatric ophthalmology and vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. Before completing his residency at Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Schwartz attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has a special interest in glaucoma. Dr. Schwartz is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Beebe Healthcare, and Atlantic General Hospital.

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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 is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He trained at Kresge Eye Institute for his residency. Dr. Yonker's areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and cataracts. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Yonker 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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Bescak include glaucoma and cataracts. He is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Bescak performed his residency at OhioHealth - Doctors Hospital. Dr. Bescak is professionally affiliated with Atlantic General Hospital.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

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

Dr. William Doyle is a pediatric ophthalmologist in Salisbury, MD. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Doyle attended 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

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
101 Milford Street
Salisbury, MD
 

Dr. Richard Meeks specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and practices in Salisbury, MD and Berlin, MD. Clinical interests for Dr. Meeks include glaucoma. Dr. Meeks is affiliated with Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Meeks graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Edmund Forte practices pediatric ophthalmology. He obtained his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Forte include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Forte is professionally 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 is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Before performing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Luppens attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Luppens takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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.
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