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Specializes in Ophthalmology
809 E. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Hegleh specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Port Charlotte, FL, Arcadia, FL, and Sarasota, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hegleh trained at Maryland General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical Interests: Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cataracts

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 42
  • Charge (avg.): $2,696
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $672

Specializes in Ophthalmology
809 E. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Spadafora specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Port Charlotte, FL, Punta Gorda, FL, and North Port, FL. Dr. Spadafora's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Spadafora completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Oklahoma State University. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Punta Gorda, James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH), and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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Clinical Interests: Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cataracts

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 318
  • Charge (avg.): $2,166 - $2,399
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $679 - $840

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2595 Harbor Boulevard; Suite 105
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Wahl specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Wahl accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Wahl trained at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

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Clinical Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 55
  • Charge (avg.): $2,650
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $608

Specializes in Ophthalmology
713 East Marion Avenue; Suite 127
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. James Tietsworth is an ophthalmologist in Port Charlotte, FL and Punta Gorda, FL. His education and training includes medical school at Emory University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Tietsworth has indicated that his clinical interests include comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tietsworth takes. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health Punta Gorda.

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Clinical Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 60
  • Charge (avg.): $1,022
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $682

Specializes in Ophthalmology
21275 Olean Boulevard
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. Eric Schaible is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Port Charlotte, FL. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Schaible's areas of expertise consist of comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 294
  • Charge (avg.): $2,166
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $675

Specializes in Optometry
2135 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. Denise Billings' area of specialization is optometry (primary eye care). Dr. Billings takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $149
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $133

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What is Cataract Surgery?

A cataract is a cloudy, dull area that develops in the lens of the eye, usually in people over the age of 55. It is sometimes linked to a deficiency in certain nutrients, especially lutein, zinc, and vitamin E. Cataracts can cause significant vision loss and even blindness. Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the damaged lens and replace it with an artificial lens, making it possible to see clearly again.

Cataract surgery is a relatively simple surgery, performed under local anesthetic, which usually takes less than an hour. The ophthalmologist makes a tiny incision in the corner of the eye and removes the old lens. Then the new lens, which is permanent and made of plastic, is inserted. There are different kinds of replacement lenses available, just as there are different kinds of lenses for eyeglasses. Monofocal lenses are good for distance but will require the use of reading glasses for near vision. Bifocal lenses have different focal points for near and far vision depending on the angle at which you look through the lens. There are even adjustable lenses that can shift between near and far vision with the movement of your eye muscles.

If both eyes require surgery, usually the ophthalmologist does one eye at a time to allow your vision on one side to heal before performing surgery on the other. After surgery, you can typically go home right away, although driving is not recommended. There is not usually much pain, but you might feel an itching sensation for the first day or two as the incision in your eye heals. It may take several weeks for your vision to fully adapt to the new lens.

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