We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept WellPoint near Chesterfield, MO.

Dr. Gregg Thomas Lueder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology
13001 North Outer Forty
St. Louis, MO

Dr. Gregg Lueder's areas of specialization are pediatric ophthalmology and ocular oncology; he sees patients in Saint Louis, MO, Creve Coeur, MO, and Town and Country, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Lueder include strabismus. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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All Interests: Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Robert Louis Lamberg, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
17249 Chesterfield Airport Road
Chesterfield, MO

Dr. Robert Lamberg is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lamberg accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with St. Luke's Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Steven Miller Shields, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
222 S. Woods Mill Road; Suite 660 North
Chesterfield, MO

Dr. Steven Shields is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Chesterfield, MO. In his practice, Dr. Shields focuses on glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Shields's professional affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Paul Martin Tesser, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
224 S Woods Mill Road; Suite 700s
Chesterfield, MO

Dr. Paul Tesser is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Tesser attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and cataracts. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with St. Luke's Hospital.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation


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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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