We found 7 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 average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Stefko focuses on glaucoma and reconstructive surgery. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Stefko is affiliated with 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 has a special interest in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krouner honors. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Krouner completed his residency training at National Naval Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Ian Conner sees patients in Pittsburgh, PA, Sewickley, PA, and Bethel Park, PA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Conner's areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include facial problems, birthmark removal, and acne. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gipson honors. Dr. Gipson obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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

Dr. Nils Loewen works as an ophthalmologist in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Loewen's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in glaucoma. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After completing medical school at the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is conversant in German. Dr. Loewen is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

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

Dr. Marshall Stafford's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. Patient reviews placed Dr. Stafford at an average of 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. He 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 is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In Dr. Polat's practice, she is particularly interested in glaucoma. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University for residency. In addition to English, she speaks 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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