We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept HFN PPO near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr Anjali Maruti Bhorade MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Anjali Bhorade's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She obtained her medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed her residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhorade include eye movement disorders and glaucoma. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Bhorade is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, VA St. Louis Health Care System, and Center for Advanced Medicine (St. Louis, MO) - South County.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Eye Movement Disorders, Glaucoma

Dr Michael A Kass MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
660 South Euclid Avenue; Box 8096
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Michael Kass' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kass completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. His clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kass takes. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr Richard H Wieder MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Richard Wieder's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Wieder average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wieder's clinical interests encompass glaucoma and cataracts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Wieder's residency was performed at the University Hospital, Cincinnati.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr Carla J Siegfried MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4921 Parkview Place; 12th Floor Suite C
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Carla Siegfried is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Siegfried is conversant in Spanish. She has indicated that her clinical interests include glaucoma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Siegfried accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr John Thompson Lind MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
660 S Euclid Avenue; Box 8096
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. John Lind practices ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for residency. Dr. Lind has a special interest in glaucoma and cataracts. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Lind's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Glaucoma

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr Arsham Sheybani MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Arsham Sheybani is an ophthalmologist in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Sheybani (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Persian. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sheybani include glaucoma. Dr. Sheybani is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Center for Advanced Medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Sheybani is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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