We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver PPO near Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Dr. Susan Stefko practices ophthalmic plastic surgery. Her areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Stefko is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon. She studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Stefko trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. On average, patients gave Dr. Stefko a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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All Interests: Eye Problems, Glaucoma, Reconstructive Surgery

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 education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Gipson's clinical interests include facial problems, birthmark removal, and acne. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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All Interests: Injectable Fillers, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, YAG Laser Surgery, Facial Problems, Restylane, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ian Conner specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Pittsburgh, PA, Sewickley, PA, and Bethel Park, PA. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Conner include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. His professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Conner's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Krouner include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. His professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant. Dr. Krouner attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at National Naval Medical Center for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Stafford's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and cataracts. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. Dr. Stafford is affiliated with VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and UPMC St. Margaret.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Julia Polat's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She is conversant in Russian. Dr. Polat's clinical interests include glaucoma. She is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Dr. Polat obtained her medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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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