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

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Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
Merrillville, IN
 

Dr. Christopher Pelzek's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). In his practice, Dr. Pelzek focuses on vitreoretinal surgical procedures and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). His professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Pelzek attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school and subsequently trained at Wilmer Eye Institute for residency. Dr. Pelzek is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases)

All Interests: Retina Problems, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

Dr. Thomas Hassinger John, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8518 Broadway
Merrillville, IN
 

Dr. Thomas John's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and St. John's Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. His clinical interests encompass cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. John has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. John honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , external eye diseases, cornea problems

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Cornea Problems

Dr. Sahana Vyas, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
8679 Connecticut Street; Suite A
Merrillville, IN
 

Dr. Sahana Vyas is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Vyas has indicated that her clinical interests include macular problems, vitreous problems, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. She is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital, Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, and Franciscan Alliance. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vyas welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Saba University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Dr. Vyas (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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

All Interests: Retina Problems, Macular Problems, Vitreous Problems, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
303 W. 89th Avenue; Site E-4
Merrillville, IN
 

Dr. Aurabind Balagani's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Balagani include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Balagani is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Balagani trained at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Glaucoma

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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.