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

Dr. Stuart Dankner practices pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Dankner speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include strabismus. He is affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and LifeBridge Health. Dr. Dankner's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dankner accepts. He has received the distinction of Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , strabismus, eye problems

All Interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Andrew I Kessler, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
200 Washington Heights Medical Center
Westminster, MD
 

Dr. Andrew Kessler is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kessler's areas of expertise include the following: comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , cataracts

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Dr. John C Baer, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
332 140-village Road; Suite 1
Westminster, MD
 

Dr. John Baer works as an ophthalmologist. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Baer trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Baer is affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , external eye diseases, cornea problems

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

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

Dr. Robert Friedman is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Friedman's clinical interests include glaucoma. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. 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

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

Dr. Wayne Barber's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Dr. Barber is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Barber's residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals and Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma, cataracts

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

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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.
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