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Dr. Vanessa L Limawararut, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway; Suite 101
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Vanessa Lima is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Lima's education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Clinical interests for Dr. Lima include macular degeneration, blepharoplasty, and cancer. She is rated highly by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Thai. Dr. Lima's professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eyes, Eyelid Problems, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anshu Prasad Prasad, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
5670 April Journey
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Anshu Sinha's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Sinha completed a residency program at Westchester Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sinha accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Sinha is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence Wexler, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
11055 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, 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
11055 Little Patuxent Pky; Suite 105
Columbia, 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
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway; Suite 101
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Scott Becker is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Becker's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Becker studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Becker completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
11055 Little Patuxent Parkway; Suite 105
Columbia, 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

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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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