We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1423 near Homestead, FL.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
4129 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Edward Rosanelli sees patients in Tampa, FL, Clearwater, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Rosanelli is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, laser treatment, and surgical procedures. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Rosanelli attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Rosanelli 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.

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All Interests: Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, Glaucoma

Dr. Michael J Levitt, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4900 N Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michael Levitt is an ophthalmologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Levitt has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Levitt include macular degeneration, uveitis, and eye ultrasound. 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. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Implant Surgery, YAG Laser Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Uveitis, Intraocular Lens ... (Read more)

Dr. John Frederick Altenburg, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4600 North Habana; #7
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Altenburg is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is conversant in Spanish. He is especially interested in eyelid surgery, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cornea problems. Dr. Altenburg is professionally affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Before completing his residency at Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Dr. Altenburg attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Eye Problems, Cornea Problems, Eyelid Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
501 N Howard Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. William Layden is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Layden include glaucoma and cataracts. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Dr. Layden is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
508 S. Habana Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Deen King is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Tampa, FL. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. King is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. Bernard R Perez, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4506 Wishart Place
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bernard Perez is an ophthalmologist. These areas are among Dr. Perez's clinical interests: macular degeneration, LASIK, and radial keratotomy. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Perez honors. He studied medicine at Central University of the East School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, LASIK, Cornea ... (Read more)

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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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