We found 3 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept HAP Preferred Health Plan PPO near Detroit, MI.

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Dr. John Denis Roarty, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
3901 Beaubien
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. John Roarty practices pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Roarty include YAG laser capsulotomy, strabismus, and retinoblastoma. Dr. Roarty is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Roarty completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Retinoblastoma, Cataracts, Glaucoma, YAG Laser Capsulotomy, Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Otis Bethea Ferguson III, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7633 E. Jefferson Avenue, Suite 120; Medical Pavillion Ii
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Otis Ferguson is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Detroit, MI and Southfield, MI. Dr. Ferguson has a special interest in glaucoma, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and cataracts. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Ferguson attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ferguson's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Michael Rubin, DO
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Michael Rubin practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Madison Heights, MI and Detroit, MI. In Dr. Rubin's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma, heart failure, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rubin graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Heart Failure

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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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