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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
3245 International Circle; Suite 102
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. Charles McMahon practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Clinical interests for Dr. McMahon include glaucoma and cataracts. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. McMahon is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Dean William Carlson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2770 N Union Boulevard; Suite 240
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. Dean Carlson is an ophthalmologist in Colorado Springs, CO. Dr. Carlson's clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Centura Health and the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of Mayo Medical School and a graduate of Wilford Hall Medical Center's residency program.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

Dr. James Harold Burden Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3155 N. Union Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. James Burden's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Burden takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Burden trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Centura Health.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1625 Medical Center Point; Suite 230
Colorado Springs, CO
 

Dr. George Ulrich is an ophthalmologist in Colorado Springs, CO. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and a graduate of Naval Medical Center San Diego's residency program. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Ulrich accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Ulrich (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Dr. Ulrich is professionally affiliated with the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth).

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, 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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