We found 4 providers matching cataract surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Premier 101, a Multi-State Plan near New Orleans, LA.

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Dr. Susan Elizabeth Azar, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1415 Tulane Avenue; 4th Floor
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Susan Azar is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Azar attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is professionally affiliated with Tulane Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 55
  • Charge (avg.): $2,484
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $606

Specializes in Ophthalmology
4201 Frenchmen Street
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Glen Cangelosi specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cangelosi include comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. His professional affiliations include Ochsner and Touro Infirmary. Dr. Cangelosi is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans' residency program. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cangelosi is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 102
  • Charge (avg.): $1,519 - $1,762
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $601 - $760
Dr. Daniel I Caplan, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3409 N Hullen Street
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Daniel Caplan works as an ophthalmologist in Metairie, LA and Mandeville, LA. Dr. Caplan's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 26
  • Charge (avg.): $2,500
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $622

Specializes in Optometry
2800 Veterans Boulevard; Suite 125
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Elliot Finkelstein's specialty is optometry (primary eye care). Dr. Finkelstein accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $480
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $129

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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.

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