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Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Dale Oates practices ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and cataracts. His professional affiliations include Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton (BID - Milton), South Shore Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Oates graduated from Harvard Medical School. He trained at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for his residency. Patient reviews placed Dr. Oates at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
696 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Maida Antigua specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Antigua attended Cebu Institute of Medicine for medical school. In her practice, she is particularly interested in glaucoma and cataracts. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary and 10 Years Award for Dedication to Resident Teaching.. Dr. Antigua is conversant in Filipino. She is professionally affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton (BID - Milton). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1900 Crown Colony Drive; Suite 301
Quincy, MA
 

Dr. David Lotufo practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lotufo include glaucoma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Lotufo graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. His distinctions include: Plan Resident Teaching Award; Diamond Award, Harvard Community Health Plan; and Peer Recognition Award, Harvard Community Health.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
97 Libbey Industrial Parkway; Suite 100
East Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Chang works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Chang offers interpreting services for his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. His professional affiliations include Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton (BID - Milton) and South Shore Hospital. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Chang takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Chang's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: 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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