We found 14 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Platinum Navigate Plus 0 near Pittsburgh, PA.

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1835 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Edward Chang practices ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: glaucoma and cataracts. Patients gave Dr. Chang an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Chang is conversant in Korean. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Mercy and UPMC St. Margaret.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
5418 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Lawrence Gipson is an ophthalmologist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include facial problems, birthmark removal, and acne. Dr. Gipson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Gipson attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
100 Delafield Road; Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Marshall Stafford's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Stafford is professionally affiliated with VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and UPMC St. Margaret. Dr. Stafford is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Stafford attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Suite 800
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Ian Conner's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Conner include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. His professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. His education and training includes medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Conner takes.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
420 E North Avenue; Suite 116
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Karen Lauer practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Lauer has indicated that her clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. Before completing her residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Lauer attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Other, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 7
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. S. Stefko is an ophthalmic plastic surgery specialist in Pittsburgh, PA. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Stefko is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stefko accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Reconstructive Surgery, Eye Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
420 E North Avenue; Suite 116
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Garry Condon is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Condon include glaucoma and cataracts. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, United Healthcare POS, and more.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1835 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Omar Abbasi is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Dr. Abbasi's clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Before performing his residency at Kresge Eye Institute, Dr. Abbasi attended the University of Michigan Medical School. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
532 S Aiken Avenue; Suite 103
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Andrew Krouner practices ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. His professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant. Dr. Krouner is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His medical residency was performed at National Naval Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
420 E North Avenue; Suite 116
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Michael Alunni's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: glaucoma and cataracts. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alunni graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Alunni's medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1145 Bower Hill Road; Suite 205
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Evan Dreyer practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Pittsburgh, PA. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dreyer trained at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for his residency. He is especially interested in glaucoma and cataracts. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 6
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Nils Loewen's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Loewen focuses on glaucoma. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Loewen trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for his residency. He is conversant in German. Dr. Loewen is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 6
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Julia Polat's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is especially interested in glaucoma. Dr. Polat is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University, Dr. Polat attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Polat speaks Russian. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC McKeesport.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1145 Bower Hill Road; Suite 205
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. James Mondzelewski works as an ophthalmologist. His clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Mondzelewski takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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All Interests: Cataracts, 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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