We found 4 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Silver 102 - Three $0 PCP Visits near Columbia, MD.

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Dr Vanessa Lima MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.64 stars out of 5 (14 ratings)
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway; Suite 101
Columbia, MD

Dr. Vanessa Lima is an ophthalmologist. Her clinical interests include macular degeneration, blepharoplasty, and cancer. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lima honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. She is conversant in Thai. Dr. Lima is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. Dr. Lima is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Dry Eyes, Eyelid Problems, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Ptosis, Diabetic Retinopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr Jeffrey L Wexler MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.25 stars out of 5 (34 ratings)
10132 Baltimore National Pike; Suite D
Ellicott City, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Wexler is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Wexler performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wexler accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. His professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr Anshu Prasad Sinha MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.62 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
5670 April Journey
Columbia, MD

Dr. Anshu Sinha, who practices in Columbia, MD, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She trained at Westchester Medical Center for residency. Dr. Sinha is especially interested in glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sinha speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

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

Dr Scott Bernard Becker MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 3.95 stars out of 5 (20 ratings)
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway; Suite 101
Columbia, MD

Dr. Scott Becker practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Columbia, MD, Olney, MD, and Brookeville, MD. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Becker accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Becker's training includes a residency program at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is affiliated with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: 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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