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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
8518 Broadway
Merrillville, IN

Dr. Thomas John is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. John's areas of expertise include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. John attended medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and St. John's Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. He has received the following distinction: 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

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Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
Merrillville, IN

Dr. Christopher Pelzek's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Pelzek's medical residency was performed at Wilmer Eye Institute. These areas are among his clinical interests: vitreoretinal surgical procedures and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pelzek is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Pelzek has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases)

All Interests: Retina Problems, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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

Dr. Sahana Vyas is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. Dr. Vyas attended Saba University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. She has indicated that her clinical interests include macular problems, vitreous problems, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. In addition to English, Dr. Vyas (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital, Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, and Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Vyas's practice is open to new patients.

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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 practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Dyer, IN, Hammond, IN, and Munster, IN. These areas are among his clinical interests: glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Balagani accepts Medicare insurance. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University, Dr. Balagani attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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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.