We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Advantage near Pittsburgh, PA.

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Dr. Lawrence Laray Gipson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5418 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Lawrence Gipson specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Charleroi, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Gipson's areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, birthmark removal, and acne. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Gipson has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Dr. Andrew David Krouner, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
532 S Aiken Avenue; Suite 103
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Andrew Krouner is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Wexford, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at National Naval Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Krouner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Krouner's professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Marshall William Stafford, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
100 Delafield Road; Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Marshall Stafford's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Stafford's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and cataracts. His professional affiliations include VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and UPMC St. Margaret. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Stafford obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Ian P Conner, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 7
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Ian Conner sees patients in Pittsburgh, PA, Sewickley, PA, and Bethel Park, PA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Conner include glaucoma. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Conner graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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All Interests: Glaucoma

Dr. Julia Kisin Polat, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
203 Lothrop Street; Floor 6
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Julia Polat's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include glaucoma. Dr. Polat is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Polat studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. In addition to English, she speaks Russian.

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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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