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We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Humana Basic 6850/HMO Premier near Appleton, WI.

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Dr. Michael Paul Vrabec, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
21 Park Place
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Michael Vrabec sees patients in Appleton, WI and Oshkosh, WI. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, LASIK, and cataracts. Dr. Vrabec's hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' residency program.

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Dr. Douglas Francis Salm, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
21 Park Place
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Douglas Salm is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Salm's areas of expertise consist of macular degeneration, eye surgery, and glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare. He attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and then went on to complete his residency at Loyola University Hospital. Dr. Salm accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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All Interests: Eye Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Jennifer Joy Unger, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
21 Park Place
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Jennifer Unger is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She works in Appleton, WI and Oshkosh, WI. She attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Her clinical interests include macular degeneration, eyelid surgery, and YAG laser capsulotomy. Dr. Unger takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is affiliated with ThedaCare. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
3232 N Ballard Road; Suite 203
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. James Memmen's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Memmen's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1301 E Northland Avenue; Suite A
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Kara Harbick is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Harbick is especially interested in glaucoma. She accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Navigate, Humana HMO, and United Healthcare HMO. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency.

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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.