We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Cigna Connect Flex Silver 5000 near The Woodlands, TX.

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Dr. Regina Lo Sun, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
9191 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 225
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Regina Sun specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Pearland, TX, Houston, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Sun attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and eye trauma. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sun takes. Dr. Sun has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Sun welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Belu Allam, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
6318 Fm 1488; Suite 110
Magnolia, TX
 

Dr. Belu Allam is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Allam is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Allam include glaucoma, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Allam is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Allam's education and training includes medical school at Nagpur University and Government Medical College, Patiala and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Allam (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Kwok Li, MS, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
17350 St Lukes Way; Suite 330
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Kwok Li's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Li is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Li trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans for residency.

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Dr. Mark Howard Wilkerson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
9201 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Mark Wilkerson's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Wilkerson attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Wilkerson's areas of expertise include glaucoma, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wilkerson is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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All Interests: Eye Surgery, Cataract Surgery, 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.
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