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Specializes in Ophthalmology
4129 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Edward Rosanelli is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Tampa, FL, Clearwater, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Rosanelli's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His clinical interests include glaucoma, laser treatment, and surgical procedures. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rosanelli speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, Glaucoma

Dr. Marianne Beatriz Diego-Wright, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marianne Diego-Wright, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among Dr. Diego-Wright's clinical interests: macular degeneration, diabetic eye exam, and glaucoma. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Diego-Wright is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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All Interests: Diabetic Eye Exam, Macular Degeneration, Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, Comprehensive ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael J Levitt, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3115 W Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michael Levitt's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Levitt graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Levitt include macular degeneration, uveitis, and eye ultrasound. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levitt takes. He is affiliated with 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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Altenburg speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Altenburg include eyelid surgery, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cornea problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tampa Community Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Vanderbilt Eye Institute. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Altenburg is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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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's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Layden takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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 works as an ophthalmologist in Tampa, FL. He has a special interest in glaucoma. Dr. King is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: 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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