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Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Claudia Richter is an ophthalmologist in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Plymouth, MA. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Richter's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Richter accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She has an open panel. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Richter trained at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Honor Award 1993, Amer Academy Of Ophthalmology; and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Richter (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian.

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All Interests: Anterior Segment Diseases, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. James W Hung, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. James Hung practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Boston, MA, Beverly, MA, and Plymouth, MA. Dr. Hung is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has a special interest in glaucoma and cataracts. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Dr. Hung's professional affiliations include Beverly Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Bradford Shingleton works as an ophthalmologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shingleton obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Patient ratings for Dr. Shingleton average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shingleton include: Boston Super Doctors; Charles B Cannon Memorial Prize Senior Book Prize Graduate With Honors, Univ Michigan Med Schl; and Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Princeton Univ. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Laser Treatment, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Laura C Fine, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Laura Fine's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She has indicated that her clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fine's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patient reviews placed Dr. Fine at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan. She has received professional recognition including the following: Phi Beta Kappa Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship 2002-3 and Oliver Memorial Prize-Best Ophthalmology Student At University Of Pennsylvania. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Daniel O'Connor's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. O'Connor's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and cataracts. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. He has received the following distinction: National Eye Institute Arvo Scholarship. Dr. O'Connor is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Jody Judge is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetic eye exam, glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Judge is affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. Before performing her residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Judge attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Judge is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Judge accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Diabetic Eye Exam, Glaucoma, Cornea Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Sandwich, MA, West Yarmouth, MA, and Plymouth, MA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Oats is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Oats's office for an appointment. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Oats's medical residency was performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received the distinction of *additional Board Certification In Emergency Medicine*.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Stephen Rostler's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Rostler has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Rostler speaks Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Surgery

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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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