We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Humana Catastrophic near Peoria, IL.

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Dr. John Patrick Rhode, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
93 Eastgate Drive
Washington, IL
 

Dr. John Rhode is an ophthalmologist in Peoria, IL and Washington, IL. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Rhode is affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL). He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rhode studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His training includes residency programs at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
400 Ne Saint Mark Court
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Raymond Heyde is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Heyde has indicated that his clinical interests include comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Heyde attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Jules Stein Eye Institute for residency. He is professionally affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL).

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Dr. Evan Peter Lagouros, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
93 Eastgate Drive
Washington, IL
 

Dr. Evan Lagouros specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Lagouros is affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at Summa Health System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Dr. Michael Samuel Grossman, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Ophthalmology
4505 N. Rockwood Drive; Suite 1
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Michael Grossman, who practices in Peoria, IL and Streator, IL, is a medical specialist in surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Grossman's clinical interests include cataracts. Dr. Grossman takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Grossman attended Emory University School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Grossman's residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Grossman is affiliated with OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Blepharoplasty

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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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