We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Aetna Medicare near Creve Coeur, MO.

Dr. Linda M Tsai, MD, BA
Specializes in Ophthalmology
#10 Barnes West Drive; Suite 201
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Linda Tsai is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Tsai graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Her areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is conversant in Chinese. Dr. Tsai is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Dr. Carla J Siegfried, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Building 2 Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Carla Siegfried is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She works in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Her areas of expertise include glaucoma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Siegfried honors. Dr. Siegfried attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. Gregg Thomas Lueder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology
1040 N. Mason Road; Medical Building One
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Gregg Lueder's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology and ocular oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lueder include strabismus. Dr. Lueder's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Lueder attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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

Dr. Humeyra D Karacal, MD
Specializes in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology
10 Barnes West Drive; Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Humeyra Karacal works as an ocular immunologist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Karacal attended medical school at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Karacal trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis for residency. She speaks Turkish. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Dr. John Thompson Lind, MS, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Building 2 Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. John Lind specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests encompass glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Lind accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for residency. Dr. Lind's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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All Interests: Laser Treatment, Education, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Sarah N Gore
Specializes in Optometry
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Bldg Two Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sarah Gore is an optometrist. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gore's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Diabetic Eye Exam, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Uveitis

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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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