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We found 4 providers with an interest in eye problems and who accept Medicare near Merrillville, IN.

Dr. Thomas Hassinger John MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology (Eye Disease)
8518 Broadway
Merrillville, IN

Dr. Thomas John specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He attended medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and St. John's Medical College. Dr. John trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. John takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , external eye diseases, cornea problems

All Interests: Cornea/External Disease and Cataract/IOL

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases (Retina and Vitreous)
Merrillville, IN
(219) 769-9022; (219) 932-2300

Dr. Christopher Pelzek works as a retina specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pelzek include vitreoretinal surgical procedures and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Pelzek graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His training includes a residency program at Wilmer Eye Institute. The average patient rating for Dr. Pelzek is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases)

All Interests: Retina/Vitreous Surgery and Medical Retina

Sahana Vyas MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases (Retina and Vitreous)
8679 Connecticut Street; Suite A
Merrillville, IN
(219) 932-2300; (219) 769-9022

Dr. Sahana Vyas' specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vyas include macular problems, vitreous problems, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Saba University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Dr. Vyas (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital, Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, and Franciscan Alliance. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , macular problems, vitreous problems, retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases)

All Interests: Retina/Vitreous Surgery, Problems/Diseases of the Retina, Macula, and Vitreous.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology (Eye Disease)
303 W. 89th Avenue; Site E-4
Merrillville, IN
(219) 322-2723; (219) 932-2300

Dr. Aurabind Balagani is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Dyer, IN, Hammond, IN, and Munster, IN. In his practice, Dr. Balagani focuses on glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Balagani is in-network for Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Balagani trained at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. He is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Balagani's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Glaucoma and Cataract/IOL


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What are Eye Problems?

Almost every moment that we are awake, we rely on our eyes to navigate and interact with the world around us. But we rarely give our eyes much thought. The truth is, the eyes are amazing, complex and delicate organs. Millions of people every year have problems with their eyes. Some of the most common eye problems are refractive disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Refractive disorders happen when the shape of your eye doesn’t let you focus very precisely. You might be myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), or have an astigmatism, which is a focus problem caused by the cornea. Refractive disorders can be corrected by glasses or contacts.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It happens when fluid pressure builds up within the eye and damages the optic nerve. It is treated with medications and surgery.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. The retina is tissue at the back of the eye that is filled with numerous, tiny blood vessels. When diabetes damages these delicate blood vessels, they burst or leak, leading to blind spots and blurred vision. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy and surgery, but often vision cannot be restored.

Macular degeneration is common in older adults. The macula is the central part of the retina and is responsible for crisp center vision. Over time, the cells in the macula begin to die, making central vision blurry. An early symptom of macular degeneration is that straight lines appear wavy.

Cataracts happen when the clear lens in the front of the eye becomes cloudy, making things look blurry or faded. They are extremely common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract. In early stages, prescription glasses and magnifying lenses can help. As the cataracts get worse, surgery to replace the lens may be the best option.

More than just one of the five senses, we rely heavily on our eyes to communicate, work, and get around every day. It’s important to have regular eye exams to make sure your vision stays in good shape for years to come.