We found 7 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Choice Silver PPO 003 near Baltimore, MD.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
5410 Ritchie Highway; Suite A
Brooklyn Park, MD
 

Dr. Robert Loeb sees patients in Baltimore, MD, Brooklyn, MD, and Chevy Chase, MD. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Loeb has indicated that his clinical interests include comprehensive ophthalmology, cataracts, and YAG laser surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Loeb is affiliated with MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, YAG Laser Surgery, Laser Treatment, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence Wexler, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1001 Pine Heights Avenue; Suite 101
Baltimore, MD
 

Dr. Jeffrey Wexler, who practices in Baltimore, MD and Columbia, MD, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wexler include eyelid surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. After attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, Dr. Wexler completed his residency training at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1001 Pine Heights Avenue; Suite 101
Baltimore, MD
 

Dr. Connie McRill is an ophthalmologist. Dr. McRill has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. McRill include diabetes, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. McRill is affiliated with MedStar Health.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes

Specializes in Ophthalmology
419 W Redwood Street; Suite 462
Baltimore, MD
 

Dr. Lily Im is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and medical education. Dr. Im is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Im's training includes a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She is affiliated with VA Maryland Health Care System.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Medical Education

Specializes in Ophthalmology
7106 Ridge Road
Baltimore, MD
 

Dr. Amy Zimmerman practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Zimmerman's areas of expertise include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman's medical residency was performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Her distinctions include: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors and Baltimore Magazine Top Doc. She is affiliated with MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Zimmerman's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1001 Pine Heights Avenue; Suite 101
Baltimore, MD
 

Dr. Jerome Ross practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Baltimore, MD and Columbia, MD. Dr. Ross's areas of clinical interest consist of comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
5410 Ritchie Highway; Suite A
Brooklyn Park, MD
 

Dr. Robert Kasper's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. Kasper is professionally affiliated with MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kasper accepts. Dr. Kasper is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kasper completed residency programs at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Contact Lenses

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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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