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Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Bradford Shingleton's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Shingleton is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shingleton accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fine's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Tufts Health Plan, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Fine include: Phi Beta Kappa Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship 2002-3 and Oliver Memorial Prize-Best Ophthalmology Student At University Of Pennsylvania. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Claudia Richter's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Richter's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Dr. Richter studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Richter has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Honor Award 1993, Amer Academy Of Ophthalmology; and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Richter (or staff) is conversant in 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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Hung average 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Hung's hospital/clinic affiliations include Beverly Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Hung's practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Hung attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He speaks Mandarin.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Oats attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan. He has received the following distinction: *additional Board Certification In Emergency Medicine*. Dr. Oats is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Daniel O'Connor's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. Dr. O'Connor's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and cataracts. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. O'Connor accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: National Eye Institute Arvo Scholarship. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Stephen Rostler practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Framingham, MA and Plymouth, MA. Dr. Rostler's areas of expertise include glaucoma, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. Dr. Rostler is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rostler welcomes new patients.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Jody Judge is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Judge graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She trained at Boston Medical Center for her residency. Her clinical interests include diabetic eye exam, glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Judge honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Judge has an open panel.

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