We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver PPO near Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Dr. Lawrence Gipson is an ophthalmologist in Charleroi, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Gipson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). His areas of expertise include facial problems, acne, and radiesse. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Gipson accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Andrew Krouner specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests encompass glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Krouner is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Krouner attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Krouner is professionally affiliated with 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, who practices in Pittsburgh, PA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Stafford has a special interest in glaucoma and cataracts. His professional affiliations include VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and UPMC St. Margaret. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stafford accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Pittsburgh, PA, Sewickley, PA, and Bethel Park, PA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma. Dr. Conner's professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. He attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Pittsburgh, PA and Sewickley, PA. She speaks Russian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Polat include glaucoma. Dr. Polat's hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). She attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University for residency. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Polat is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as 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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