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Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. James Nachbar's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Nachbar is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nachbar include macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Colucciello, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Colucciello is a retina specialist in Moorestown, NJ, Columbus, NJ, and Medford, NJ. These areas are among Dr. Colucciello's clinical interests: macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Nassau University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Dr. Amy R Wexler, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Amy Wexler is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Wexler include macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. Dr. Wexler takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Wexler attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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Dr. Miriam Renee Brown, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Miriam Brown works as an ophthalmologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Brown attended New York Medical College for medical school. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Daniel Putnam's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Putnam's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Casey Eye Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
Homestead at Mansfield
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Trong Tran practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Tran attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. These areas are among his clinical interests: macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
Homestead at Mansfield
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Sander Cohen's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cohen include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Cohen graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Philip Horowitz practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Moorestown, NJ, Medford, NJ, and Columbus, NJ. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Horowitz include macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. Dr. Horowitz takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant 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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