We found 3 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Medicare near Maple Grove, MN.

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Dr. Hans Shaw Grinager, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
15800 95th Avenue N
Maple Grove, MN

Dr. Hans Grinager works as an ophthalmologist. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Grinager graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He is professionally affiliated with Park Nicollet Clinic - St. Louis Park. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, LASIK

Dr. Laura Johnson Heinmiller, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
15800 95th Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN

Dr. Laura Heinmiller is a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. She works in Saint Louis Park, MN and Maple Grove, MN. She takes Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Wills Eye Institute. Dr. Heinmiller is professionally affiliated with Park Nicollet Clinic - St. Louis Park. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Strabismus, Cataracts, Diplopia, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
9801 Dupont Ave So; Suite 425
Bloomington, MN

Dr. Patrick Riedel is an ophthalmologist in Bloomington, MN. Dr. Riedel's clinical interests encompass glaucoma and cataracts. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Riedel attended the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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All Interests: Cataracts, 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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