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We found 4 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 Ophthalmology
6739 Gall Boulevard
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. B. Garruto specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Tampa, FL and Zephyrhills, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Garruto include comprehensive ophthalmology and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). Dr. Garruto is affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Garruto attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Clinical interests for Dr. Spanich include anterior segment diseases and cataract surgery. Dr. Spanich accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Spanich is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Mahootchi's areas of expertise include the following: cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Mahootchi graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Vanderbilt Eye Institute.

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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, Optometry
6329 Gall Boulevard
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Stuart Kaufman is an ophthalmologist and optometrist. These areas are among his clinical interests: cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Kaufman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Kaufman attended New York Medical College for medical school.

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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.