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Specializes in Ophthalmology
786 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Raju Sarwal's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Sarwal include glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sarwal accepts. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. Sarwal (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi.

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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's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Passarelli include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Passarelli is professionally affiliated with Southside Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school, Dr. Passarelli completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Passarelli (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian.

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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 practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Brentwood, NY, Sayville, NY, and Amityville, NY. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and anterior segment diseases. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra. Dr. Riegel attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. Dr. Riegel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Sign Language and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Southside Hospital. Dr. Riegel's practice is open to new patients.

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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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Brentwood, NY, East Setauket, NY, and Port Jefferson Station, NY. In addition to English, Dr. Avni (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Avni graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. The average patient rating for Dr. Avni is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to 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.