We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Concord, CA.

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Dr. David Robert Demartini, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
122 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 222
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. David Demartini's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include eye problems. Dr. Demartini is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network. Dr. Demartini is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then he performed his residency at Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Demartini has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Demartini (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2222 East Street; Suite 365
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Karen Graham is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Graham obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute. Clinical interests for Dr. Graham include glaucoma and cataracts. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Graham is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2225 Port Chicago Highway
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Clark Tsai is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Concord, CA and Oakland, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Tsai focuses on glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Tsai accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Kresge Eye Institute's residency program. Dr. Tsai (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Chirag Ramesh Patel, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1401 Willow Pass Road; #100
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Chirag Patel works as an ophthalmologist. He is especially interested in external eye diseases and cornea problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel accepts. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Vanderbilt Eye Institute. Dr. Patel offers language support for patients who speak Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Eden Medical Center and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. David D Gilbert, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
112 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 260
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. David Gilbert works as an ophthalmologist. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Gilbert attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Concord, San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC), and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek.

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All Interests: 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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