We found 7 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Advantage near Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Lawrence Laray Gipson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5418 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Lawrence Gipson specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, birthmark removal, and acne. Dr. Gipson attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Gipson average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Marshall William Stafford, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
100 Delafield Road; Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Marshall Stafford practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Pittsburgh, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Stafford average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Stafford include glaucoma and cataracts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and UPMC St. Margaret. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Ian Patrick Conner, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Suite 800
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Ian Conner works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Conner has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Conner attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Conner is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Susan Tonya Stefko, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 7
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. S. Stefko is an ophthalmic plastic surgery specialist. She has a special interest in glaucoma and reconstructive surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Stefko average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Stefko is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stefko is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Stefko trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Reconstructive Surgery, Eye Problems

Dr. Andrew David Krouner, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
532 S Aiken Avenue; Suite 103
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Andrew Krouner is an ophthalmologist in Wexford, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Krouner's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency training at National Naval Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Nils Axel Loewen, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 6
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Nils Loewen is a Pittsburgh, PA physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. Patient ratings for Dr. Loewen average 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Loewen studied medicine at the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Loewen completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He speaks German. Dr. Loewen's professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. Julia Kisin Polat, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 6
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Julia Polat's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Polat's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass glaucoma. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. She is conversant in Russian. Dr. Polat is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC McKeesport.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

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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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