We found 6 providers matching cataract surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Brentwood, NY.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
601 Suffolk Avenue
Brentwood, NY
 

Dr. Raju Sarwal specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Brentwood, NY, Sayville, NY, and Amityville, NY. The average patient rating for Dr. Sarwal is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sarwal's areas of expertise include glaucoma and cataracts. He is affiliated with Southside Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sarwal accepts. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Sarwal attended Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Sarwal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi.

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Clinical Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 104
  • Charge (avg.): $4,248
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $769
Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence Martin, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
260 E Main Street; Suite 201
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Martin is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed Dr. Martin at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital, Syosset Hospital, and St. Catherine of Siena Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Martin obtained his medical school training at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 351
  • Charge (avg.): $1,500 - $1,530
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $741 - $919

Specializes in Ophthalmology
140 Adams Avenue
Hauppauge, NY
 

Dr. Thierry Hufnagel specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hufnagel include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Hufnagel graduated from Pierre and Marie Curie University Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He speaks French.

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Clinical Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 157
  • Charge (avg.): $789
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $762

Specializes in Ophthalmology
260 E Middle Country Road; Suite 201
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. John Mauro's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Mauro include eye problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include North Shore University Hospital, Syosset Hospital, and Northport VA Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mauro trained at Nassau University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Mauro (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian.

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Clinical Interests: Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems, Cornea Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 100
  • Charge (avg.): $1,500 - $1,556
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $761 - $953

Specializes in Ophthalmology
601 Suffolk Avenue
Brentwood, NY
 

Dr. Aaron Avni is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. His areas of expertise include glaucoma and cataracts. The average patient rating for Dr. Avni is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Avni (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Sign Language and Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 57
  • Charge (avg.): $4,248
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $764

Specializes in Ophthalmology
200 Motor Parkway; Suite D-25
Hauppauge, NY
 

Dr. Benjamin Chang practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Garden City, NY, Hauppauge, NY, and New York, NY. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Wills Eye Institute's residency program. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chang takes. In addition to English, Dr. Chang speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset and Winthrop-University Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 51
  • Charge (avg.): $776
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $773

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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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