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Dr Dana James Weinkle MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.3 stars out of 5 (15 ratings)
3131 S Tamiami Trail; Suite 201
Sarasota, FL

Dr. Dana Weinkle is an ophthalmologist in Bradenton, FL and Sarasota, FL. His clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Weinkle is professionally affiliated with Sarasota Memorial Main Campus and Manatee Memorial Hospital. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for his residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weinkle accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr Robert Edward Edelman MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.35 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
1427 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL

Dr. Robert Edelman's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Edelman has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and cataracts. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Edelman attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.3 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
2111 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL

Dr. Robert Friedman is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Friedman's clinical interests: glaucoma and cataracts. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans' residency program.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
2121 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL

Dr. David Campbell's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Campbell's areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Joshua W Kim MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.93 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
2601 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL

Dr. Joshua Kim sees patients in Venice, FL and Sarasota, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Kim's education and training includes medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and cataracts. The average patient rating for Dr. Kim is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

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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