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Specializes in Ophthalmology
786 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Raju Sarwal is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Brentwood, NY, Sayville, NY, and Amityville, NY. Dr. Sarwal (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. In his practice, Dr. Sarwal focuses on glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with Southside Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sarwal's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation

All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 104
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,248
  • Medicare Cost: $769
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Specializes in Ophthalmology
786 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. John Passarelli sees patients in Huntington, NY, Sayville, NY, and Brentwood, NY. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Passarelli's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Vytra, and more. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. His training includes a residency program at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Passarelli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Southside Hospital. Dr. Passarelli's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 186
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,248 - $4,500
  • Medicare Cost: $768 - $950
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Specializes in Ophthalmology
786 Mantauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Edward Riegel's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In Dr. Riegel's practice, he is particularly interested in cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and anterior segment diseases. He is affiliated with Southside Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Riegel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Sign Language and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation

All Interests: Anterior Segment Diseases, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 47
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,248 - $4,500
  • Medicare Cost: $769 - $948
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Specializes in Ophthalmology
601 Suffolk Avenue
Brentwood, NY
 

Dr. Aaron Avni's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Avni (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Avni include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Avni's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation

All Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 57
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,248
  • Medicare Cost: $764

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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.