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

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

Dr. Susan Stefko is a Pittsburgh, PA physician who specializes in ophthalmic plastic surgery. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She has a special interest in glaucoma and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Stefko's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stefko's professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma, Reconstructive Surgery, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Ian Conner is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Conner is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Conner graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Conner trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. His professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Lawrence Gipson is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, birthmark removal, and acne. The average patient rating for Dr. Gipson is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gipson takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)'s residency program.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Botox Injection, Dysport Injection, Laser Resurfacing, Birthmark Removal, Injectable Fillers, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nils Loewen specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Loewen has a special interest in glaucoma. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. Dr. Loewen is conversant in German. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma

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

Dr. Marshall Stafford's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Stafford's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and cataracts. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Stafford trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for his residency. His professional affiliations include VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and UPMC St. Margaret.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Julia Polat's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Dr. Polat is especially interested in glaucoma. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Polat honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Russian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC McKeesport.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma

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

Dr. Andrew Krouner's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Krouner's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Krouner is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Gender

Insurance

Medicare Patient Age

Medicare Patient Conditions

Medicare Patient Ethnicity

Medicare Patient Gender

Medicare Patient Insurance Eligibility

Distinctions

Foreign Language

Online Communication

Practice Affiliation

Credentials

Fellowship

Medical School

Residency

Specialty

Years Since Graduation

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.
Selecting a checkbox option will refresh the page.