We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept United Healthcare Choice near Wheaton, IL.

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Noha S Ekdawi MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.25 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL

Dr. Noha Ekdawi is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ekdawi include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ekdawi takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Ekdawi attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Ekdawi is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Down Syndrome, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Exam, Diabetes, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Newborn Care, Eye Pro ... (Read more)

Dr Ruth D Williams MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL

Dr. Ruth Williams' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She studied medicine at Rush Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Williams is especially interested in glaucoma. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Williams's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr David K Gieser MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL

Dr. David Gieser's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Gieser include glaucoma. Dr. Gieser honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Gieser is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr Edward Sung MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL

Dr. Edward Sung is an ophthalmologist in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Sung include glaucoma and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Sung accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Sung graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Sung trained at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL

Dr. Stephen Gieser is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Gieser has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma

Jeremy B Wingard MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL

Dr. Jeremy Wingard is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Naperville, IL, Plainfield, IL, and Wheaton, IL. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). His areas of expertise include microsurgery, glaucoma, and cataracts. Dr. Wingard accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wingard is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Microsurgery, 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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