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We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Medicare near Appleton, WI.

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

Dr. Michael Vrabec's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Vrabec is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Vrabec include glaucoma, LASIK, and cataracts. Dr. Vrabec's professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before performing his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Vrabec attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school.

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All Interests: Eye Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Diseases, Keratoconus, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Douglas Salm is an ophthalmologist in Appleton, WI and Oshkosh, WI. In his practice, he is particularly interested in macular degeneration, eye surgery, and glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare. Dr. Salm takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school, he completed his residency training at Loyola University Hospital.

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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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Appleton, WI and Oshkosh, WI. Dr. Unger's areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, eyelid surgery, and YAG laser capsulotomy. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. She is affiliated with ThedaCare. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. James Memmen, who practices in Green Bay, WI and Appleton, WI, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Memmen has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has a special interest in glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Memmen is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of National Naval Medical Center's residency program.

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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's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Harbick average 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Harbick include glaucoma. She honors United Healthcare Navigate, Humana HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Harbick attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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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.