Dr. Gary Hirshfield, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 55
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Dr. Gary Hirshfield, MD
Dr. Gary Hirshfield, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Fresh Meadows, NY. He is 55 years old and has been practicing for 31 years. Dr. Hirshfield is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital and North Shore University Hospital Syosset.

17660 Union Tpke Ste 110

Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

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Dr. Gary Hirshfield, MD

Dr. Gary Hirshfield, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Amerihealth
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Guardian
  • HealthFirst
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Paralytic Strabismus
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Exophoria
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more than 96% of peers
Heterophoria
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Hirshfield "We are a comprehensive ophthalmology practice. Our goal is to offer the finest eye care available ranging from eye exams for contact lenses and glasses, to eye disease from glaucoma to diabetic retinopathy to macular degeneration and to surgical and laser procedures such as lasik and laser vision correction, advanced technology cataract surgery done with femtosecond laser and facial plastic surgery with Botox and fillers. There are multiple doctors in our practice to customize your needs."

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
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Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
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Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anisocoria
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Surgery Complications
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Cataracts
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Esophoria
  • Esotropia
  • Exophoria
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Trauma
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Growth
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Heterophoria
  • Hypertropia
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mechanical Strabismus
  • Migraine
  • Monofixation Syndrome
  • Nearsightedness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Parasitic Endophthalmitis
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Posterior Scleritis
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemangioma
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Disorders
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Procedures

  • Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Botox® Injection
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Contact Lens Fitting Services
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
  • LASIK
  • Laser Surgery
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Queens College Of The City University Of New York
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • Yale University
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Beth Israel Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Manhattan Eet Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Hirshfield has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Hirshfield's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Hirshfield to family and friends
3.5
based on 43 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Hirshfield's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Sunnyside |
Dr. Hirshfield granted me an emergency appt. even though I wasn't a patient of his. He identified a serious condition and treated it effectively. A true professional.
Manhasset, NY |
Unless you are willing to wait three (3) hours to see this doctor don't bother. People in the waiting room were screaming having to wait for two hours to three hours and still not being able to see the doctor. We walked out and do one seemed to care. Doctors have to understand that my time is worth money. Who is doing to reimburse me for my time lost?
in New York, NY |
Dr. Hirshfield is absolutely top notch, and left me (after cataract surgery) with perfect vision, requiring only reading glasses. His procedure was absolutely painless and quick, with no post op discomfort whatsoever. I could not recommend him more highly... and he is the best and brightest in his field, as far as I am concerned. Came into medical practice after Ivy League Medical School, and was Chief Resident after medical school! You simply cannot do better!!!
in flushing, ny |
Arrogant, egotistical impatient.
in Bellerose, NY |
I have been Dr. Hirschfield's patient since 1992. He is an accomplished physician who always listens to your concerns and will go out of his way to answer any questions. I highly recommend him!
Jamaica, NY |
Omg this doctor is very very rude.He is extremely rude. You can't even ask him a question. Like the other comment stated he is very dismissive to his patients. Not a friendly and professional doctor. The staff is sweet. But him I must say I am very disappointed wit the fact as a patient I can't communicate with my doctor in a friendly yet professional manner. He don't like to be ask question. He come in exam and leave.have a nice day.
in Fresh Meadows, NY |
Hirshfield was the rudest dr. I have ever encountered thus far. Never in my life have I been treated with such blatant disrespect at medical office. From the time he entered the patient room, he proclaimed that he can't help me with my contacts, as only the ophthalmologist could do that (which we obviously knew). He was confused why we demanded to see him-there was no demand, I inquired to confirm that I could see both doctors. He was condescending and extremely dismissive. I will NEVER return
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Dr. Hirshfield accepts 22 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Amerihealth
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    HealthKeepers Plus POS
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Choice Fund
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
    GHI HMO
    GHI PPO
    Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP)
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Guardian
  • HealthFirst
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Locals (any local)
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • MVP Health Care
    MVP Health Care PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty
  • WellPoint

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Hospitals where Dr. Hirshfield has admitting privileges

Flushing Hospital Medical Center
45th Avenue and Parsons Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11355
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Lenox Hill Hospital
100 E 77th St
New York, NY 10075
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Mount Sinai Hospital
1 Gustave L Levy Pl
New York, NY 10029
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North Shore University Hospital Syosset
221 Jericho Tpke
Syosset, NY 11791
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