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Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Anup Kubal practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Miami, FL, and Gainesville, FL. Dr. Kubal's areas of expertise include the following: migraine, glaucoma, and cataracts. His professional affiliations include North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System and Baptist Outpatient Services. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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All Interests: Migraine, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma

Dr. Mark B. Sherwood MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Mark Sherwood is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Gainesville, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sherwood include glaucoma and cataracts. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Before performing his residency at St. Thomas' Hospital, London, Dr. Sherwood attended The University of Manchester School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
4340 W Newberry Road; Suite 301
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Timothy Quinn works as an ophthalmologist in Gainesville, FL and Naples, FL. He is especially interested in glaucoma and cataracts. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Quinn honors. Dr. Quinn is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a graduate of California Pacific Medical Center's residency program.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Charles Richard Blake MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Charles Blake specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Gainesville, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and cataracts. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blake honors. Dr. Blake's education and training includes medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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All Interests: Cataracts, 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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