We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Silver Compass Balanced 3500 near Mcallen, TX.

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

Dr. Mamta Somaiya is a retina specialist in McAllen, TX, Harlingen, TX, and Mission, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Somaiya include glaucoma. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Somaiya attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery, Vitreous Problems

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

Dr. Deborah Alexander's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise include glaucoma and cataracts. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Alexander trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alexander is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2609 W Trenton Road
Edinburg, TX
 

Dr. Parul Desai practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Desai honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Government Medical College, Surat, she performed her residency at Government Medical College and Interfaith Medical Center.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Vitreous Problems

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

Dr. Nehal Patel is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He works in McAllen, TX. He studied medicine at Grant Medical College. He 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 accepts.

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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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