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Dr. David Robert Demartini, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3300 Webster Street; Suite 608
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. David Demartini is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Demartini (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Demartini include eye problems. Dr. Demartini is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network. Dr. Demartini attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Demartini accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, External Eye Diseases, Pterygium Surgery, Vision Problems, Glaucoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vineet Nicholas Batra, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3000 Colby Street; Suite 105
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Vineet Batra is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Dr. Batra attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. His areas of expertise consist of LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and external eye diseases. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Batra takes. In addition to English, Dr. Batra speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2999 Regent Street; Suite 701
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Tara Starr's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Starr honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Starr (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Persian. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She has an open panel.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
3244 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Clark Tsai sees patients in Concord, CA and Oakland, CA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tsai include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Tsai's average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at Kresge Eye Institute. Dr. Tsai (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. Dr. Tsai's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Tsai is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Sophia Tzu-Huei Tsai, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
345 9th Street; Suite 205
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Sophia Chen works as an ophthalmologist. She speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Cantonese. She has a special interest in eye problems. Dr. Chen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Chen is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Erich Paul Horn, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
491 30th Street; Suite 201
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Erich Horn specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Oakland, CA. Dr. Horn attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at California Pacific Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Horn is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. George George Tanaka, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
491 30th Street; Suite 103
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. H. Tanaka is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Tanaka honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, he performed his residency at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Tanaka (or staff) is conversant in Japanese. He also offers language support for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network. Dr. Tanaka's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Steven Gray Pascal, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
80 Grand Avenue; Suite 700
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Steven Pascal is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Pascal (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. His areas of expertise include comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. Pascal is affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Before performing his residency at Doheny Eye Institute, Dr. Pascal attended Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Pascal has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
3010 Colby Street; Suite 114
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Sorenson's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Sorenson's clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Sorenson is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He trained at California Pacific Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Sorenson has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Leonardo M Dacanay Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1911 Addison Street; Suite 101
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Leonardo Dacanay's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Dacanay (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He is affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Before performing his residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute, Dr. Dacanay attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Dacanay is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dacanay accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Patricia Cheoy Wong, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
491 30th Street; Suite 103
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Patricia Wong's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Wong's areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma, surgical procedures, and cataracts. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Wong (or staff) is conversant in Cantonese. She also offers interpreting services for Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish-speaking patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Eye Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
491 30th Street; Suite 103
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Dickens sees patients in Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Dickens include glaucoma and cataracts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Dickens attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dickens honors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Melanie Lynn Hom, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
491 30th Street; Suite 201
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Hom specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Oakland, CA. Before completing her residency at California Pacific Medical Center, Dr. Hom attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is especially interested in comprehensive ophthalmology and eye problems. Dr. Hom is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Hom's professional affiliations include California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. She is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
80 Grand Avenue; Suite 700
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Jane Loman's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Loman include macular degeneration, amblyopia (lazy eye), and uveitis. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Loman's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
275 W Macarthur
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Dorothy Khong practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Alameda, CA and Oakland, CA. Her areas of expertise include eye problems. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Khong graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Khong trained at Jules Stein Eye Institute for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Khong (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

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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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