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We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Fidelis near Northport, NY.

Dr. Timothy Young Chou, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY
 

Dr. Timothy Chou is a corneal and external diseases specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: conjunctivitis (pink eye), refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and laser eye surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Chou attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Northport VA Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Dr. Robert Anthony Honkanen, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY
 

Dr. Robert Honkanen is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in East Setauket, NY and Northport, NY. Dr. Honkanen attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. He has a special interest in glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Honkanen honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, TRICARE, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northport VA Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

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Dr. Azin Abazari, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY
 

Dr. Azin Abazari works as an ophthalmologist. Her education and training includes medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abazari include conjunctivitis (pink eye), refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and laser eye surgery. Dr. Abazari honors several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Northport VA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
6080 Jericho Turnpike; Suite 102
Commack, NY
 

Dr. Richard Gotlib's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Gotlib has a special interest in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Fidelis. Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Gotlib attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Nassau University Medical Center, and Southside Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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Dr. Tehmina Haque, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY
 

Dr. Tehmina Haque's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among her clinical interests: conjunctivitis (pink eye), diabetic eye exam, and glaucoma. She is professionally affiliated with Northport VA Medical Center. Dr. Haque graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Haque completed a residency program at Wills Eye Institute. Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Haque accepts.

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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.