We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Aetna Leap Specialty near Princeton, NJ.

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Dr. Angana Nayan Pandya, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
2999 Princeton Pike; Suite 1
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Angana Shah is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Her clinical interests include macular degeneration, thyroid problems, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Dr. Shah honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Devon Health Services. Before completing her residency at UPMC Presbyterian, Dr. Shah attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. In addition to English, she speaks Gujarati. She is professionally affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System and Capital Health.

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Dr. Elaine Green Hathaway, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
800 Bunn Drive; Suite 301
Princeton, NJ
 

Dr. Elaine Hathaway is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Hathaway is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Hathaway include macular degeneration, cataract surgery, and eye trauma. She is professionally affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Devon Health Services. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Hathaway attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
419 North Harrison Street; Suite 104
Princeton, NJ
 

Dr. Sarah Kuchar practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Kuchar include macular degeneration, thyroid problems, and strabismus. Dr. Kuchar is affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System. She graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then she performed her residency at Wills Eye Institute. Dr. Kuchar honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant.

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Dr. John A Epstein, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
419 N Harrison Street; Suite 104
Princeton, NJ
 

Dr. John Epstein works as an ophthalmologist. His clinical interests include thyroid problems, glaucoma, and LASIK. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Epstein honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Epstein obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. He is affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System.

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Dr. Guy Scott Mullin, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4 Princess Road; Suite 202
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Guy Mullin's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Mullin's areas of expertise include macular degeneration, thyroid problems, and anterior uveitis (iritis). He is professionally affiliated with St. Mary's Hospital and Princeton HealthCare System. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mullin completed a residency program at Washington Hospital Center. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mullin accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Stefanie L Davidson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
101 Plainsboro Road
Plainsboro, NJ
 

Dr. Stefanie Davidson is an ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Davidson include premature babies, uveitis, and strabismus. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Davidson graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then she performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Retinopathy, Premature Babies, Uveitis, Strabismus, Glaucoma, Eye Problems

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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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