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Specializes in Ophthalmology
4950 Overton Ridge Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Wigginton practices ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a special interest in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Wigginton honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Wigginton's medical residency was performed at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix and Jules Stein Eye Institute. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Fort Worth. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Oluwatosin Urowoli Smith, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
417 W Magnolia Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Oluwatosin Smith practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Dallas, TX and Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine and residency at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Smith speaks Yoruba. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Health Resources and Cook Children's. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Ronald Leigh Fellman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
417 W Magnolia Street
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ronald Fellman's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Fellman include glaucoma. Dr. Fellman is affiliated with Texas Health Dallas. He obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Fellman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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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