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We found 4 providers with an interest in eye problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Westminster, MD.

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Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
295 Stoner Avenue; Suite 201
Westminster, MD
 

Dr. Stuart Dankner's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. After attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and The Brooklyn Hospital Center. His areas of expertise include strabismus. Dr. Dankner has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Dankner has received professional recognition including the following: Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Dankner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and LifeBridge Health.

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Relevant Interests: , strabismus, eye problems

All Interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Robert Frank Friedman, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Ophthalmology
826 Washington Road; Suite 200
Westminster, MD
 

Dr. Robert Friedman specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Friedman is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and external eye diseases. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Maryland General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma, external eye diseases, cornea problems

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, External Eye Diseases, Glaucoma, Cornea Problems

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
332 140-village Road; Suite 1
Westminster, MD
 

Dr. John Baer's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in comprehensive ophthalmology, external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Dr. Baer studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Baer completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Baer takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , external eye diseases, cornea problems

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, External Eye Diseases, Cornea Problems

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Specializes in Other, Pediatric Ophthalmology
826 Washington Road; Suite 200
Westminster, MD
 

Dr. Wayne Barber is a pediatric ophthalmologist in Westminster, MD and Eldersburg, MD. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals and Greater Baltimore Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Barber's clinical interests: glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Barber takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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What are Eye Problems?

Almost every moment that we are awake, we rely on our eyes to navigate and interact with the world around us. But we rarely give our eyes much thought. The truth is, the eyes are amazing, complex and delicate organs. Millions of people every year have problems with their eyes. Some of the most common eye problems are refractive disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Refractive disorders happen when the shape of your eye doesn’t let you focus very precisely. You might be myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), or have an astigmatism, which is a focus problem caused by the cornea. Refractive disorders can be corrected by glasses or contacts.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It happens when fluid pressure builds up within the eye and damages the optic nerve. It is treated with medications and surgery.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. The retina is tissue at the back of the eye that is filled with numerous, tiny blood vessels. When diabetes damages these delicate blood vessels, they burst or leak, leading to blind spots and blurred vision. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy and surgery, but often vision cannot be restored.

Macular degeneration is common in older adults. The macula is the central part of the retina and is responsible for crisp center vision. Over time, the cells in the macula begin to die, making central vision blurry. An early symptom of macular degeneration is that straight lines appear wavy.

Cataracts happen when the clear lens in the front of the eye becomes cloudy, making things look blurry or faded. They are extremely common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract. In early stages, prescription glasses and magnifying lenses can help. As the cataracts get worse, surgery to replace the lens may be the best option.

More than just one of the five senses, we rely heavily on our eyes to communicate, work, and get around every day. It’s important to have regular eye exams to make sure your vision stays in good shape for years to come.