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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Negrey include glaucoma, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Wills Eye Institute for residency. He has received the distinction of "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. His professional affiliations include Bryn Mawr Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Negrey welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Aaron Cohn is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, Dr. Cohn focuses on glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Dr. Cohn takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cohn is professionally affiliated with Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Unfortunately, Dr. Cohn is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

Dr. Richard Jahnle practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Jahnle include glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Jahnle is affiliated with Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. Dr. Jahnle's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2 Baltimore Avenue
Media, PA
 

Dr. John Witherell's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Witherell completed his residency training at Wills Eye Institute. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the distinction of "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. Dr. Witherell is professionally 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 works as an ophthalmologist in Ridley Park, PA. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Saxon has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Saxon 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.