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Dr. Angana Nayan Pandya, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
2999 Princeton Pike; Suite 1
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Angana Shah is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). She speaks Gujarati. Her areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, thyroid problems, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include Princeton HealthCare System and Capital Health. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, she performed her residency at UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Devon Health Services.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Scleral Buckle, Retinopathy, Eye Trauma, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Colleen M Coleman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2333 Whitehorse Mercerville Road; Suite C
Mercerville, NJ
 

Dr. Colleen Coleman is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Coleman include macular degeneration, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Coleman is affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System. Before completing her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Coleman attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eye Syndrome, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Exam, ... (Read more)

Dr. Darmakusuma Ie, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Diseases
4 Princess Road; Suite 101
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Darmakusuma Ie is a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Areas of expertise for Dr. Ie include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Dr. Ie's professional affiliations include Capital Health and Princeton HealthCare System. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and QualCare. Dr. Ie attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Joseph P Shovlin, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
2333 Whitehorse Mercerville Road; Suite C
Mercerville, NJ
 

Dr. Joseph Shovlin specializes in ophthalmic plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, macular degeneration, and thyroid problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shovlin takes. Dr. Shovlin graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Shovlin trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. He is affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Astigmatic Keratotomy, Dry Eye Syndrome, Eye Trauma, Cataract ... (Read more)

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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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