We found 4 providers with an interest in eye problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Advantage Plus near Kansas City, MO.

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Dr. Komal B Desai, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2101 Charlotte Street; Suite 200
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Komal Desai's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Her clinical interests include comprehensive ophthalmology and eye cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Desai attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo for residency. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , eye cancer

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Eye Cancer

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

Dr. Timothy Walline is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Walline's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His clinical interests encompass comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. Walline accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , cataracts

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Laser Treatment, Refractive Surgery

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

Dr. Billi Wallace's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). She studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Wallace's medical residency was performed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wallace honors. She has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , strabismus

All Interests: Strabismus

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

Dr. Matthew Twardowski is an optometrist. His areas of clinical interest consist of glasses, contact lenses, and diabetic retinopathy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Twardowski is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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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.
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