We found 9 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Philadelphia, PA.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
511 West Courtland Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Ortiz's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing his residency at Scheie Eye Institute, Dr. Ortiz attended medical school at New York Medical College. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ortiz include glaucoma and cataracts. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Abington Health. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson Henderer, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3401 N. Broad Street; Department of Ophthalmology, 6th Floor - Parkinson Pavi
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Henderer is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing his residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Henderer attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and cataracts. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Henderer is professionally affiliated with Temple University Hospital (TUH) and Jeanes Hospital.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1516 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Aaron Cohn specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Media, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Cohn accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cohn attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma Surgery, Eye Problems, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Monisha Mandalaywala Vora, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Monisha Vora works as an ophthalmologist in Philadelphia, PA, Norristown, PA, and Jenkintown, PA. Her clinical interests include diabetes, glaucoma, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Vora's hospital/clinic affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network and Abington Health. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vora has an open panel. She obtained her medical school training at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and performed her residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr. Vora (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Gujarati.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Hypertension, Laser Surgery, Diabetes

Specializes in Ophthalmology
51 North 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Samuel Galib, who practices in Paoli, PA, Bryn Mawr, PA, and Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Galib completed his residency training at Scheie Eye Institute and a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Areas of expertise for Dr. Galib include retinal detachment repair, glaucoma, and LASIK. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Galib is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
100 East Lancaster Avenue; Lankenau Mob South, Suite 400
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Louis Santore's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Santore include glaucoma, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Temple University Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Santore accepts. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Santore's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Vincent K Young, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
501 South 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Vincent Young is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Young focuses on glaucoma, laser surgery, and cataracts. His professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Scheie Eye Institute. Dr. Young has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Young has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Laser Surgery

Dr. Keith Jeffrey Mathers, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
501 Belmont Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Keith Mathers is an ophthalmologist. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. In Dr. Mathers's practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Mathers is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Prathima Neerukonda Neerukonda, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Prathima Neerukonda specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Philadelphia, PA, Wyndmoor, PA, and Hatboro, PA. Her clinical interests include glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing her residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Neerukonda attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Neerukonda is professionally affiliated with Chestnut Hill Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, 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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