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We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Medicare near Maple Grove, MN.

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

Dr. Hans Grinager sees patients in Saint Louis Park, MN and Maple Grove, MN. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Grinager honors Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He is professionally affiliated with Park Nicollet Clinic - St. Louis Park. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: I welcome patients to my practice who are seeking care for a wide variety of eye problems. My ... (Read more)

Stanley Dwayne Walker MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology (Eye Disease)
2805 Campus Drive; Suite 105
Plymouth, MN
(763) 416-7600; (763) 287-7500

Dr. Stanley Walker specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Robbinsdale, MN, Golden Valley, MN, and Wayzata, MN. Dr. Walker is a graduate of Mayo Medical School and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Walker include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Walker's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Memorial Health Care and Fairview Southdale Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma and Cataract/IOL

Dr. Laura Johnson Heinmiller MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology (Eye Disease)
15800 95th Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN

Dr. Laura Heinmiller's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her residency was performed at Wills Eye Institute. Dr. Heinmiller accepts Medicare insurance. She is affiliated with Park Nicollet Health Services. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology (Eye Disease)
9801 Dupont Ave So; Suite 425
Bloomington, MN
(952) 888-5800; (952) 567-6092

Dr. Patrick Riedel works as an ophthalmologist in Bloomington, MN. In Dr. Riedel's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Glaucoma and Cataract/IOL




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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.