We found 7 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver PPO near Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Dr. Ian Conner's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Conner has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. His professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. He graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Conner is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Marshall Stafford specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Stafford's professional affiliations include VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and UPMC St. Margaret. Dr. Stafford is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Stafford attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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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's medical specialty is ophthalmic plastic surgery. She is especially interested in glaucoma and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Stefko is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Patient ratings for Dr. Stefko average 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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 is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Krouner trained at National Naval Medical Center for his residency. In his practice, Dr. Krouner focuses on glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
5418 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Lawrence Gipson is an ophthalmologist in Charleroi, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gipson include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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. Nils Axel Loewen, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 6
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Nils Loewen's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Loewen include glaucoma. Dr. Loewen is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Loewen speaks German. Dr. Loewen's hospital/clinic 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 is an ophthalmologist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include glaucoma. Dr. Polat honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Dr. Polat is conversant in Russian. She is 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.