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

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

Dr. Timothy Chou's specialty is corneal and external diseases. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chou include conjunctivitis (pink eye), refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and laser eye surgery. Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chou honors. He 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 is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Chou's professional affiliations include 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, who practices in East Setauket, NY and Northport, NY, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Honkanen include glaucoma and cataracts. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. His professional affiliations include Northport VA Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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

Dr. Azin Abazari, who practices in East Setauket, NY and Northport, NY, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: conjunctivitis (pink eye), laser eye surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She takes Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Abazari is a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. For her residency, Dr. Abazari trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Abazari 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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Gotlib is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Fidelis. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Gotlib's hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Nassau University Medical Center, and Southside Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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). She graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Wills Eye Institute. Dr. Haque's clinical interests include conjunctivitis (pink eye), diabetic eye exam, and glaucoma. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Haque is professionally affiliated with Northport VA Medical Center.

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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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