We found 14 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept United Healthcare Navigate near Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Joel Steven Schuman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 6
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Joel Schuman is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include eye surgery, glaucoma, and cataracts. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schuman takes. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Schuman include: American Acad Ophthalmology Honor Award; 1994-Present American Health Assistance Foundation; and National Glaucoma Research Grant. Dr. Schuman (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include UPMC Presbyterian, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), and NYU Langone Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Eye Surgery, Anterior Segment Diseases, Surgical Procedures, Cataracts, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1835 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Edward Chang's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Chang is conversant in Korean. His areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with UPMC Mercy and UPMC St. Margaret. Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Chang attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Chang is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chang 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: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

Dr. Ian Patrick Conner, PhD, MD
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. Dr. Conner is professionally affiliated with 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. Patient ratings for Dr. Conner average 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Marshall Stafford's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Stafford 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. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stafford honors. Dr. Stafford attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is professionally affiliated with VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and UPMC St. Margaret.

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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 an ophthalmic plastic surgery specialist. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Stefko attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include glaucoma and reconstructive surgery. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stefko is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

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

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

Dr. Karen Lauer is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She works in Pittsburgh, PA. Her clinical interests include glaucoma. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lauer obtained her medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Diseases

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

Dr. Andrew Krouner specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Wexford, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. These areas are among Dr. Krouner's clinical interests: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krouner accepts. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at National Naval Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Omar Farooq Abbasi, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1835 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Omar Abbasi's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Abbasi's areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Before performing his residency at Kresge Eye Institute, Dr. Abbasi attended the University of Michigan Medical School.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
5418 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Lawrence Gipson sees patients in Charleroi, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Gipson average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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

Dr. Evan Dreyer is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Pittsburgh, PA. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Dreyer attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dreyer's clinical interests include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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

Dr. Michael Alunni, who practices in Pittsburgh, PA and Natrona Heights, PA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Alunni takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency.

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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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Pittsburgh, PA. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In Dr. Loewen's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. His professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. In addition to English, Dr. Loewen speaks German.

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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 ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Pittsburgh, PA and Sewickley, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Polat include glaucoma. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Dr. Polat is conversant in Russian. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC McKeesport.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

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

Dr. James Mondzelewski's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Mondzelewski trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for his residency. He is especially interested in glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, 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.