Dr. Brian Groat, MD

OphthalmologyMaleAge 48

Ophthalmology

Dr. Brian Groat, MD is an Ophthalmology Specialist in Wilmington, NC and has over 19 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from TULANE UNIV SCH OF MED in 2003. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as J Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital and Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. His office is not accepting new patients.

Dr. Brian Groat, MD

Cape Fear Cataract Cornea

1915 S 17th St Ste 101 Wilmington, NC 28401

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No malpractice claims found for North Carolina
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Dr. Groat's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Herpetic Keratitis
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Dr. Groat treats Herpetic Keratitis more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Groat treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Nearsightedness
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Groat treats Nearsightedness more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Groat treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Astigmatism
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Groat treats Astigmatism more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Groat treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Groat's conditions and procedures:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Surgery Complications
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Cataracts
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Drops
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Patch
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Hole
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Pinguecula
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Cysts
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Watering Eyes
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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(877) 826-0590

Dr. Groat accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Federal Employee Program
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
CHAMPVA
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
MedCost
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Tricare
Prime
Standard
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Dr. Groat's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Groat

4.8

Based on 112 ratings

5 Star
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4 Star
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3 Star
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2 Star
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1 Star
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Excellent Ophthalmologist
I had a laser procedure for YAG OS. Dr. Groat was very professional and explained the procedure in layman's terms. I was very pleased with my appointment. The staff was great as well.
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Sandra Zellers – Aug 13, 2022
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Always in a hurry
He has absolutely no time for his patients. He was late for every appointment and every surgery. He rushes in to do a quick exam, and you have to literally stop him from leaving to ask a question. Today at my final appointment, he basically said that the reason my outcome was poor was due to prior LASIK surgery, and I needed to see an optometrist for glasses. Instead I am going to get a second opinion. Definitely stay away from him!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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KSI – May 19, 2022
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Always in a Hurry!!!
I think he is probably a good doctor....however he is always in a RUSH. I feel he needs to slow down and LISTEN to his patients a little more. He did cataract surgery on me and yes everythng about the surgery went good....I am thankful for this...but I told him I wanted to be able to read road signes with the new lens implants...I was already accustomed to reading glasses.... but that is NOT what I ended up with. I still can not see road signs until really close but I can read without glasses close up .... the complete opposite of what I ask for. I know every case is different but if what I wanted was not an option I would have appreciated being told this as well as why. Needless to say I am not completely happy and I did try and express this to him after the surgery but his comment was not pleasant at all...."patients being unappreciative." I thought he should have at least listened to me and offered an explination instead of dismissing my concerns with such a curt comment.
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CF – May 16, 2022
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Cataract Surgery
ThIs is to thank Dr. Grout for the outstanding results of my cataract surgery. He and his staff were professional and caring. Everything in the consultation, surgery and follow-up appointment went like clockwork. I would recommend Dr. Grout without reservation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Peter Davis – Apr 21, 2022
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I am so pleased with the outcome of my cataract surgeries and with my toric lens implants. Dr. Groat is awesome, and he has a wonderful staff as well!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Kaye McRainey – Jul 23, 2021
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My husband just had his first DMEK partial corneal transplant with Dr. Groat and he did an amazing job! It is like a miracle how well he can see again. He suffers from Fuch's Dysmorphia and his eyesight has been deteriorating for years. Dr. Groat has given him such a tremendous gift of sight back. Very good surgeon and would highly recommend him. Cannot wait to have his other eye done.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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R Festa – Mar 15, 2021
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Dr. Groat did a fabulous job following up on my eye problems created by a different doctor and got me connected with a great Optometrist.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Nov 20, 2020
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Great experience totally.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Clarence R Inman – Sep 16, 2020
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As a retired ophthalmologist, I am so pleased with my cataract surgery outrageous outcomes! I would have pushed my own patients to have things done earlier if I had known how the quality of my vision would be so improved! My uncorrected vision is better than since I got my first glasses at age 18.... It's crazy how my night vision and colors have improved! The experience at the he surgery center was excellent... this is a short and painless event/procedure and the staff there was fantastic! If you are on the fence about having your cataract surgery... contact his office and he can put you in touch with me.... somebody who has already done this surgery thousands of times and chose to let Dr. Groat fix mine!! Timothy G. Kelly, MD
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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Timothy Kelly, MD – Jan 17, 2020
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I was extremely fortunate to have Dr. Groat do my cataract surgery two years ago. It was a truly life changing experience. My vision had gotten so bad that I was nervous driving and afraid to drive after dark. Dr. Groat gave me back perfect distance vision and I only need reading glasses for very small print. He was also able to correct my terrible astigmatism. All of the motion sickness and headaches that occurred due to the astigmatism ended with the surgery. The toric lenses were the best investment that I have ever made and definitely worth the cost. Dr. Groat is a truly gifted surgeon and a kind caring professional.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Paula in Clemmons – Aug 01, 2019
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I was visiting Wilmington for a wedding and experienced a problem with flashes. Dr Groat was able to work me into his schedule after completing surgeries and was very professional and helpful. The staff was also very helpful and pleasant. I would highly recommend his office.
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Jul 23, 2019
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Dr. Groat and his staff are awesome. I was referred by my optometrist to Cape Fear Cataract and Cornea for surgery. I was very nervous at the thought of having surgery but everyone was so nice and put my mind at ease. There was no waiting in the office - as soon as I was checked in by the nice lady at the front desk, the technician called me back. I feel like I was given a very through exam and Dr. Groat answered all of my questions. The surgery went smoothly - I am thrilled with the outcome.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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Wilmington, NC – Jan 14, 2019
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I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Groat. He could not have been any nicer. Had my surgery at Atlantic Surgicenter and everyone there was so kind and helpful. Dr Groat did an amazing job and my vision is so much better.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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Sue Woods in NC – Jan 03, 2019
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Dr Groat is a tremendously talented and skilllful cataract surgeon. He is extremely knowledgeable of the most current and state of the art technology and procedures. He devoted all the time needed to explain the procedure and answer all my questions. His entire office staff are first rate. My experiences with Chetta, Sara, and Paige were outstanding.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
13 people found this helpful
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Keith Fultz in Southport, NC – Nov 23, 2017
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Very unprofessional atmosphere during my surgery. Rude and confrontational at my follow up appointment. Had to ask him several times to please complete my exam.
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Wilmington, NC – Aug 31, 2017
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I have a bad cornea problem and Dr. Groat did a transplant and now I can see again!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Wilmington, NC – Jul 22, 2017
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He actually listens to me when I come to see him. And he cares about how I'm doing
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Charlotte, NC – Jul 20, 2017
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I have had a corneal disease for years and have been under Dr Groat's care for a couple of years. Recently needed penetrating keratoplasty and Dr groat did the surgery. Very pleased.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Max Elvington in Leland, NC – Aug 16, 2016
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Outstanding MD
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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jim ceglarski in Bolivia,N.C – Aug 01, 2016
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My first appointment was somewhat of an emergency and was grateful the staff got me in, my total time in the office was 1 hour 45 minutes, which I expected since they squeezed me in. My follow up appointment, however, was a scheduled appointment. I was shuffled from one room to another and after 90 minutes was still not seen by the doctor. One of the staff members said this was standard practice, 1-1/2 to 2 hours, for an appointment. I won't be returning, my time is valuable also.
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
11 people found this helpful
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Wilmington, NC – Jun 29, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

My goal is to provide the best eye care possible using the latest technology and surgical techniques.

Biography

Brian J. Groat, MD is a board certified cataract, cornea and glaucoma surgeon. His unique and extensive training has enabled him to provide the highest...Read more

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

2009
Musc Medical Center
Residency Hospital
2004
Tulane Med
Internship Hospital
2003
TULANE UNIV SCH OF MED
Medical School
2003
Tulane University of Louisiana
Medical School
1997
United States Air Force Academy
Undergraduate School
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Awards

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What are Dr. Brian Groat, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Groat frequently treats Herpetic Keratitis, Nearsightedness, and Astigmatism. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Groat treats.

Where is Dr. Brian Groat, MD's office located?

Dr. Groat's office is located at 1915 S 17th St Ste 101, Wilmington, NC 28401. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Cape Fear Cataract Cornea

Cape Fear Cataract Cornea1915 S 17th St Ste 101 Wilmington, NC 28401
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Groat is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

J Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital

Southport, NC

83% Patients that would definitely recommend, 13% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center

Bolivia, NC

75% Patients that would definitely recommend, 5% higher than the national average

Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Wilmington, NC

74% Patients that would definitely recommend, 4% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

Novant Health Pender Medical Center

Burgaw, NC