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

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

Dr. Ian Conner practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Pittsburgh, PA, Sewickley, PA, and Bethel Park, PA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Conner include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Marshall Stafford is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He is especially interested in glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Stafford is affiliated with VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and UPMC St. Margaret. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Stafford's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. 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: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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

Dr. S. Stefko is a Pittsburgh, PA physician who specializes in ophthalmic plastic surgery. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Stefko's clinical interests encompass glaucoma and reconstructive surgery. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Stefko's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Her professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Reconstructive Surgery, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Andrew Krouner practices ophthalmology (eye disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant. Before performing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Krouner attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Lawrence Gipson practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Charleroi, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gipson takes. Dr. Gipson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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

Dr. Nils Loewen's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He speaks German. In Dr. Loewen's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon. He attended the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Loewen's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Loewen takes.

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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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, she speaks Russian. In her practice, she is particularly interested in glaucoma. Dr. Polat's professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC McKeesport. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.