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We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 020 near Temple, TX.

Dr. Glen Owens Brindley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2401 South 31th Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Glen Brindley's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Brindley has received include Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2015. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma

Dr. Derrick Sy-Ho Fung, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1901 Veterans Memorial Drive
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Derrick Fung is an ophthalmologist. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. He is especially interested in glaucoma and cataracts. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fung accepts. His distinctions include: Chief Resident, Scott & White Eye Institute, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Temple, TX and Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Fung (or staff) is conversant in Medical Spanish and Cantonese. Dr. Fung is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Matthew S Recko, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1815 S. 31st Street; Scott & White Clinic - Temple Pavilion
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Recko is a Temple, TX physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Recko takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Recko attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Ptosis, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Cataracts, Vision Problems, Glaucoma

William Wesley White
Specializes in Optometry
1815 S. 31st Street; Scott & White Clinic - Temple Pavilion
Temple, TX
 

Dr. William White's area of specialization is optometry (primary eye care). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Nelson Reber Eye Open Award; Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society; and Ocular Instruments Award of Excellence. Dr. White is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Dry Eye Syndrome, Cataracts, Vision Problems, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy

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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.