We found 4 providers with an interest in eye problems and who accept Coventry Silver near Altoona, PA.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
501 Howard Avenue; Suite F3
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. U. Cardakli is an ophthalmologist in Altoona, PA. Her clinical interests encompass glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cardakli attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Cardakli's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Altoona.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Robert T. Bechtel M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.5 stars (7 ratings)
600 E. Pleasant Valley Boulevard
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Robert Bechtel's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bechtel's clinical interests include strabismus. He is affiliated with UPMC Altoona. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , strabismus, eye problems

All Interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
600 E. Pleasant Valley Boulevard
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Renee Jones' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among her clinical interests: comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. Jones is affiliated with Lebanon VA Medical Center and UPMC Altoona. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Her education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , cataracts

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4 stars (4 ratings)
600 E. Pleasant Valley Boulevard
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Robert Budd is an ophthalmologist. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Budd's clinical interests: glaucoma and cataracts. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Budd is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma, cataracts

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

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What are Eye Problems?

Almost every moment that we are awake, we rely on our eyes to navigate and interact with the world around us. But we rarely give our eyes much thought. The truth is, the eyes are amazing, complex and delicate organs. Millions of people every year have problems with their eyes. Some of the most common eye problems are refractive disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Refractive disorders happen when the shape of your eye doesn’t let you focus very precisely. You might be myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), or have an astigmatism, which is a focus problem caused by the cornea. Refractive disorders can be corrected by glasses or contacts.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It happens when fluid pressure builds up within the eye and damages the optic nerve. It is treated with medications and surgery.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. The retina is tissue at the back of the eye that is filled with numerous, tiny blood vessels. When diabetes damages these delicate blood vessels, they burst or leak, leading to blind spots and blurred vision. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy and surgery, but often vision cannot be restored.

Macular degeneration is common in older adults. The macula is the central part of the retina and is responsible for crisp center vision. Over time, the cells in the macula begin to die, making central vision blurry. An early symptom of macular degeneration is that straight lines appear wavy.

Cataracts happen when the clear lens in the front of the eye becomes cloudy, making things look blurry or faded. They are extremely common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract. In early stages, prescription glasses and magnifying lenses can help. As the cataracts get worse, surgery to replace the lens may be the best option.

More than just one of the five senses, we rely heavily on our eyes to communicate, work, and get around every day. It’s important to have regular eye exams to make sure your vision stays in good shape for years to come.
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