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We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Consumer Health Network near Mercerville, NJ.

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

Dr. Angana Shah is a retina specialist. Her areas of expertise include macular degeneration, thyroid problems, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). She is professionally affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System and Capital Health. Dr. Shah is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Devon Health Services. She obtained her medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed her residency at UPMC Presbyterian. In addition to English, Dr. Shah speaks Gujarati.

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

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

Dr. Darmakusuma Ie works as a pediatric ophthalmologist and retina specialist. Before completing his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, Dr. Ie attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Ie's areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, glaucoma, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, QualCare, and more. Dr. Ie speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Capital Health, Princeton HealthCare System, and St. Mary Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Scleral Buckle, Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Eye Problems, Retina ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Colleen Coleman, who practices in Monroe, NJ, Monroe Township, NJ, and Princeton, NJ, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Coleman attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataract surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Coleman accepts. She is affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System.

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

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

Dr. Joseph Shovlin specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shovlin include facial problems, macular degeneration, and thyroid problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. Dr. Shovlin 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.