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We found 5 providers with an interest in eye problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Advantage Plus near Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Billi Sue Wallace, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4320 Wornall Medical Plaza; 1 Suite 220
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Billi Wallace is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Wallace is affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and Research Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. She has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , strabismus, eye problems

All Interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Jeffrey Michael Couch, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
210 W 5th Street; #109
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Couch practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Saint Louis, MO, Kirkwood, MO, and Mexico, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Couch include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Couch completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , external eye diseases, cornea problems

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems

Dr. Komal B Desai, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2300 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Komal Desai specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). She attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo for residency. Her clinical interests include eye surgery and eye cancer. Dr. Desai accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Desai (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. She is affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , eye cancer

All Interests: Eye Surgery, Eye Cancer

Dr. Timothy Andrew Walline, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2400 Gillham Road; Cmh Ophthalmology Department
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Timothy Walline's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Walline's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Walline include anterior segment diseases and comprehensive ophthalmology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Walline is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , anterior segment diseases

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Anterior Segment Diseases, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

Matthew J Twardowski
Specializes in Optometry
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3022
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Matthew Twardowski's area of specialization is optometry (primary eye care). His clinical interests include glasses, contact lenses, and diabetic retinopathy. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Twardowski is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetic retinopathy, dry eye syndrome

All Interests: Glasses, Dry Eye Syndrome, Eye Exam, Diabetic Retinopathy, Contact Lenses

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What are Eye Problems?

Almost every moment that we are awake, we rely on our eyes to navigate and interact with the world around us. But we rarely give our eyes much thought. The truth is, the eyes are amazing, complex and delicate organs. Millions of people every year have problems with their eyes. Some of the most common eye problems are refractive disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Refractive disorders happen when the shape of your eye doesn’t let you focus very precisely. You might be myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), or have an astigmatism, which is a focus problem caused by the cornea. Refractive disorders can be corrected by glasses or contacts.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It happens when fluid pressure builds up within the eye and damages the optic nerve. It is treated with medications and surgery.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. The retina is tissue at the back of the eye that is filled with numerous, tiny blood vessels. When diabetes damages these delicate blood vessels, they burst or leak, leading to blind spots and blurred vision. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy and surgery, but often vision cannot be restored.

Macular degeneration is common in older adults. The macula is the central part of the retina and is responsible for crisp center vision. Over time, the cells in the macula begin to die, making central vision blurry. An early symptom of macular degeneration is that straight lines appear wavy.

Cataracts happen when the clear lens in the front of the eye becomes cloudy, making things look blurry or faded. They are extremely common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract. In early stages, prescription glasses and magnifying lenses can help. As the cataracts get worse, surgery to replace the lens may be the best option.

More than just one of the five senses, we rely heavily on our eyes to communicate, work, and get around every day. It’s important to have regular eye exams to make sure your vision stays in good shape for years to come.