We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Humana Gold HMO near Temple, TX.

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

Dr. Derrick Fung sees patients in Temple, TX. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Fung include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Fung takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Fung attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Chief Resident, Scott & White Eye Institute, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Temple, TX and Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Fung (or staff) speaks the following languages: Medical Spanish and Cantonese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) and Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Glen O Brindley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
1815 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Glen Brindley is a Temple, TX physician who specializes in ophthalmic plastic surgery. Dr. Brindley is affiliated with Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) and Scott & White Healthcare. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2015.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Matthew Recko's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. After completing medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Dr. Recko performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. William White's specialty is optometry (primary eye care). He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. White is in-network 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 distinctions including Nelson Reber Eye Open Award; Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society; and Ocular Instruments Award of Excellence.

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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.
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