We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 103 near Media, PA.

Dr. Michael Andrew Negrey, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1098 West Baltimore Pike; Riddle Hospital, Hcc Iii, Suite 3301
Media, PA
 

Dr. Michael Negrey is an ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Negrey include glaucoma, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Negrey's professional affiliations include Bryn Mawr Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Negrey welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Wills Eye Institute for his residency. He has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today.

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Dr. Richard Lawrence Jahnle, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Riddle Outpatient Pavilion Pike; Suite 3407
Media, PA
 

Dr. Richard Jahnle is an ophthalmologist in Havertown, PA and Media, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Jahnle include glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. Dr. Jahnle has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jahnle honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1098 West Baltimore Pike; Riddle Health Center 3, Suite 3302
Media, PA
 

Dr. Aaron Cohn's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Patient ratings for Dr. Cohn average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cohn accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cohn attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Cohn has a closed panel.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2 Baltimore Avenue
Media, PA
 

Dr. John Witherell is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Dr. Witherell takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Witherell has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, LASIK, Cataracts, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
8 Morton Avenue; Taylor Hospital Medical Building
Ridley Park, PA
 

Dr. Andrea Saxon practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Saxon attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. In her practice, Dr. Saxon focuses on diabetes, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Laser Treatment, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy

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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.