We found 3 ophthalmologists who accept Great-West Healthcare HMO near Mount Vernon, IL.

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Dr. Kevin Jay Blinder, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1009 42nd Street; Suite 3
Mount Vernon, IL
 

Dr. Kevin Blinder's medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Missouri Health System for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Blinder average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital (St. Louis, MO), and St. Luke's Hospital. Dr. Blinder has an open panel.

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Dr. Daniel Paul Joseph, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1009 42nd Street; Suite 3
Mount Vernon, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Joseph's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is rated highly by his patients. His professional affiliations include SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital (St. Louis, MO), St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Joseph is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Clinical interests: Vitreous Problems

Dr. Gaurav K Shah, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1009 42nd Street; Suite 3
Mt. Vernon, IL
 

Dr. Gaurav Shah's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Shah is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Shah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for his residency. He speaks Gujarati.

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What is Ophthalmology?

An ophthalmologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats problems of the eye. As opposed to optometrists, ophthalmologists are medical doctors, and their specialty is comprehensive eye care and eye surgery. An ophthalmologist can:
  • see patients for routine eye care
  • diagnose eye problems
  • prescribe glasses, contact lenses, and medications
  • provide refractive therapies to correct vision, such as LASIK
  • perform surgery on the eye

Ophthalmologists are trained in the same vision screening practices as optometrists; however, their practice tends to focus more on the medical and surgical management of complex eye disorders. Although vision is important, so is the physical health of the eye. An ophthalmologist performing an eye exam will examine the whole eye including the eyelids, the muscles that move the eye, the front and back parts of the eye, and the pressure inside the eye.

Patients sometimes see ophthalmologists as their primary eye care and vision doctors, or they may be referred to an ophthalmologist for treatment of a one-time problem with their eye, such as an infection. Ophthalmologists provide routine care for patients who have chronic eye diseases, such as glaucoma (where pressure inside the eye damages the optic nerve sending images to the brain) or macular degeneration (an age-related eye disease that causes vision loss). In addition to providing routine care, ophthalmologists will perform eye surgery on patients who need more serious treatment, such as a corneal transplant.
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