We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Aetna Medicare near Creve Coeur, MO.

Dr. Linda M Tsai, MD, BA
Specializes in Ophthalmology
#10 Barnes West Drive; Suite 201
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Linda Tsai practices ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Clinical interests for Dr. Tsai include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Dr. Tsai is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Tsai is conversant in Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Dr. Carla J Siegfried, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Building 2 Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Carla Siegfried's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Siegfried is conversant in Spanish. In her practice, Dr. Siegfried focuses on glaucoma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Siegfried is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. Gregg Thomas Lueder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology
1040 N. Mason Road; Medical Building One
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Gregg Lueder is a pediatric ophthalmologist and ocular oncology specialist. He has a special interest in strabismus. Dr. Lueder is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Humeyra D Karacal, MD
Specializes in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology
10 Barnes West Drive; Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Humeyra Karacal specializes in uveitis and ocular immunology and practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. She obtained her medical school training at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Her areas of expertise consist of uveitis, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Karacal honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, she speaks Turkish. Dr. Karacal is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Dr. John Thompson Lind, MS, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Building 2 Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. John Lind sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Lind has a special interest in glaucoma and cataracts. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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All Interests: Laser Treatment, Education, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Sarah N Gore
Specializes in Optometry
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Bldg Two Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sarah Gore practices optometry (primary eye care) in Saint Louis, MO, Creve Coeur, MO, and Ellisville, MO. She is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Gore takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Diabetic Eye Exam, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Uveitis

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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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