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We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze PPO near Mcallen, TX.

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1309 East Ridge Road; Suite 1
Mcallen, TX
 

Dr. Mamta Patel works as a retina specialist. Dr. Patel is especially interested in glaucoma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

Dr. Charles Harvey Campbell, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1801 S 5th Street; Suite 126
Mcallen, TX
 

Dr. Charles Campbell's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Campbell obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
222 E Ridge Road; Suite 110
Mcallen, TX
 

Dr. Deborah Alexander specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Weslaco, TX and McAllen, TX. Dr. Alexander has indicated that her clinical interests include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2609 W Trenton Road
Edinburg, TX
 

Dr. Parul Desai's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Desai graduated from Government Medical College, Surat and then she performed her residency at Government Medical College and Interfaith Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1309 E. Ridge Road; Suite 1
Mcallen, TX
 

Dr. Nehal Patel, who practices in McAllen, TX, is a medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). In Dr. Patel's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Grant Medical College.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1910 S 1st Street; Suite 400
Mcallen, TX
 

Dr. Errol Grannum specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in McAllen, TX. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Grannum accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Grannum completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Yale University.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, 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.