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We found 5 providers matching cataract surgery and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Zephyrhills, FL.

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Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
6329 Gall Boulevard
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Kaufman's area of specialization is corneal and external diseases. His areas of expertise include diabetic eye exam, glaucoma, and LASIK. Dr. Kaufman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Kaufman trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has received the distinction of Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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Relevant Interests: , cataract surgery

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Diabetic Eye Exam, Eye Exam, LASIK, Dry Eyes, Cataracts, Glaucoma

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
6739 Gall Boulevard
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. B. Garruto works as an ophthalmologist in Tampa, FL and Zephyrhills, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: comprehensive ophthalmology and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). Dr. Garruto is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is professionally affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Clinical Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 19
  • Uninsured Cost: $698
  • Medicare Cost: $682
Dr. Christopher George Spanich, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
38101 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Spanich sees patients in Zephyrhills, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: anterior segment diseases and cataract surgery. Dr. Spanich is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Spanich trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo for his residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , cataract surgery

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Anterior Segment Diseases

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 217
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,192
  • Medicare Cost: $682
Dr. Ahad Mahootchi, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6739 Gall Boulevard
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Ahad Mahootchi, who practices in Zephyrhills, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Vanderbilt Eye Institute. Dr. Mahootchi has indicated that his clinical interests include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Mahootchi is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 215
  • Uninsured Cost: $684 - $848
  • Medicare Cost: $682 - $844
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Specializes in Ophthalmology
6329 Gall Boulevard
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Stuart Kaufman is an ophthalmologist in Zephyrhills, FL and Sun City Center, FL. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. Kaufman's areas of expertise include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Kaufman's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kaufman accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 334
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,000 - $2,050
  • Medicare Cost: $671 - $834

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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.