We found 6 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Advantage near Pittsburgh, PA.

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Dr. Lawrence Laray Gipson M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.73 stars (23 ratings)
5418 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Lawrence Gipson is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Gipson attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Gipson's areas of expertise include facial problems, xeomin injection, and acne. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Dr. Nils Axel Loewen PH.D., M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.8 stars (222 ratings)
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 8
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Nils Loewen is an ophthalmologist in Pittsburgh, PA. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Loewen include glaucoma. Dr. Loewen takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. In addition to English, Dr. Loewen speaks German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Andrew D. Krouner M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
532 S Aiken Avenue; Suite 103
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Andrew Krouner is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Wexford, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krouner honors. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at National Naval Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Marshall W. Stafford MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
average rating 4.9 stars (304 ratings)
100 Delafield Road; Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Marshall Stafford's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Stafford include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Stafford is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Stafford's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and UPMC St. Margaret.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Ian P. Conner MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.89 stars (478 ratings)
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 7
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Ian Conner is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Pittsburgh, PA, Sewickley, PA, and Bethel Park, PA. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Conner include glaucoma. Dr. Conner is professionally affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. Dr. Conner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. Julia Kisin Polat M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.7 stars (89 ratings)
203 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Julia Polat's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She speaks Russian. Clinical interests for Dr. Polat include glaucoma. Her professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). She obtained her medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. The average patient rating for Dr. Polat is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Polat is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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