Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD

Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD

OphthalmologyMaleAge 53

Accepting new patients

Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in Short Hills, NJ. He is affiliated with medical facilities Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Farbowitz to book an appointment.

Locations

Short Hills Ophthalmology Group, P.A.

Short Hills Office551 MILLBURN AVE Short Hills, NJ 07078
1

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ See hospitals

Dr. Farbowitz's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Farbowitz

4.4

Based on 77 ratings

5 Stars
75.32467532467533%
(58)
4 Stars
10.38961038961039%
(8)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
2.5974025974025974%
(2)
1 Star
11.688311688311689%
(9)
healthgrades logo

Leave a review

How likely are you to recommend
Dr. Farbowitz?
(Select your rating)
What went well
  • Wait times (69)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (66)
  • Explained conditions well (66)
What could be improved
  • Didn't explain conditions well (9)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (9)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (9)
RecentHighestLowestMost Helpful
Reply Flag
It has taken awhile for me to find the courage to write this review. Dr Farbowitz services are overpriced. He told my husband he had dry eye, it would be thousands. He saw a different doctor and was told he does not have dry eye. He wanted me to buy eye drops from him, very expensive, I bought them at CVS for a fraction of the cost. I had to sign 3 times I would not sue him, twice in his office and again at the surgical center. He removed a cataract and left for vacation afterwards. When I returned the next day, no doctor to remove my eyepatch. My eyesight was worse. I had to wait 5 days for him to return. He saw me and said to continue the drops for 2 weeks. Waited 2 weeks, he examined me again and said my retina was swollen, continue the drops. I returned after 3 weeks, he examined my eye and said to read the chart. I couldn’t. He then said “there is no medical reason for you not to be able to read the chart” loud and accusatory. From that moment I knew I would never go back to him.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
Helpful
Merryl Snyder – Feb 25, 2021
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Zero Stars. Zero bedside manner. Staff inconsiderate. He is cocky, rude and a Sub par eye doctor. He never answers "Important" calls. GO ELSEWHERE Read the reviews, there is a reason why so many people gave him 1 star.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
Helpful
X – Nov 26, 2020
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Very Disappointed! I was a patient of the practice for more than 30 years under a previous doctor, and my issue is with billing with the current practice. I have always paid my bills. After one visit with Dr. Farbowitz I moved my address, and never received an invoice. I ended up paying very significant fees and all they could do was throw up their hands and say there's nothing to be done. It's a good thing I moved because I would never go back after that treatment. My issue isn't medical, but I am still a customer/patient who also deserves fairness.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Aug 21, 2020
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
PROFESSIONAL !!!!!!!!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
Helpful
May 29, 2019
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Dr. Farbowitz was on call for my regular Opthamologist on a Saturday when I had a sudden submacular hemorrhage in my left eye and could barely see out of it. He asked me a few questions and asked me how long it would take to get to his office. He examined me and had me see a retinologist first thing Monday morning. I was able to quickly see a terrific Dr. at NYEE in NYC. I had a vitrectomy that week and I can now see 20/40 with some distortion. Because of his effort he is now my Opthamologist
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Mike M in Colonia, NJ – Jan 23, 2019
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
I really wanted him to be my MD; but, he had unpleasant MD-to-patient interaction. Ophthalmic Med Techs did abt 45 mins of Health Hx, preliminary tests and, eye dilation, then MD entered room to exam my eye. I don't recall he spoke w/me except "look up, look down, look to the side, etc" and give name of contacts he'd order 4 me. He didn't tell me if did or didn't see damage of HTN or DM in my eyes. Didn't prepare me 4 (my 1st) retinal scan, so my eyes were very sore 4-5 days-Clearly preoccupied
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
1 person found this helpful
Helpful
none in NJ – Jul 11, 2018
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Absolutely splendid. Could not be happier.
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
Helpful
N SCHACHTER MD in Short Hills, NJ – May 29, 2018
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
A TRUE PROFESSIONAL.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Jean R. in Short Hills, NJ – Feb 16, 2018
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Wonderful,caring and extremely professional.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Diane bakalar in Short Hills, NJ – Nov 12, 2017
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
I found Dr. Farbowitz to be egotistic and arrogant. He belittles you and gets upset when you question the work he just did on you. They also require your credit card upfront and put charges through without your authorization. Definitely not a pleasant place to go. This place is all about making money. They care less about the patients. Go someplace else.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
Helpful
Short Hills – Oct 28, 2017
We appreciate the feedback, but would never...Read More
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Dr. Farbowitz and his staff are excellent in every way. I am totally pleased with my cataract surgery and the multi focal lens. I have not worn glasses at all since the bandage was removed.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Meg H. in Short Hills, NJ – Jun 21, 2017
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
The doctor is fabulous with communicating at all stages of the cataract surgery. The staff was attentive and answered any and all questions making me feel very satisfied I was at the best place possible.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
Helpful
Michael579 in Short Hills, NJ – May 24, 2017
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Very positive experience with the doctor and the staff.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Jess1648 in Short Hills, NJ – May 23, 2017
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Everyone is amazing.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Carrie17 in Short Hills, NJ – May 16, 2017
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Good.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Harper35 in Short Hills, NJ – May 03, 2017
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Great job! I had many concerns about my vision and needing cataract surgery--I was reassured and sailed thru this life changing event with great results. Staff is professional and available to answer questions.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
Helpful
Gregory63 in Short Hills, NJ – Apr 28, 2017
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Very professional, great communications and excellent final results.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Jordin39 in Short Hills, NJ – Apr 12, 2017
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Great.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Robin29724 in Short Hills, NJ – Mar 15, 2017
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Put me at ease, did not rush through examination, answered all my questions.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Larry084 in Short Hills, NJ – Jan 21, 2017
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?
Reply Flag
Great doctor.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
Helpful
Peyton953 in Short Hills, NJ – Nov 03, 2016
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?

Leave a review

How was your experience with Dr. Farbowitz?

Experience and Background Checks

Experience
Background

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for New Jersey
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
Learn more about background checks

Experience Check

Check Dr. Farbowitz's experience treating your condition or procedure

Dr. Farbowitz's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Eyelid Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Farbowitz treats Eyelid Disorders more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Farbowitz treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Stye
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Farbowitz treats Stye more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Farbowitz treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Chalazion
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Farbowitz treats Chalazion more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Farbowitz treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Farbowitz's conditions and procedures:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Anterior Scleritis
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Black Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Chronic Eye Diseases
  • Clear Lens Surgery With Multifocal Implants
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Contact Lens Fitting Services
  • Contact Lens Treatment
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
  • Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Duane Retraction Syndrome
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Entropion
  • Esophoria
  • Esotropia
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Exophoria
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Heterophoria
  • Hypertropia
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Hypotropia
  • Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Laser Office Procedure
  • Laser Surgery
  • Lash Enhancer
  • LASIK
  • Lazy Eye
  • LipiFlow® Procedure
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pars Planitis
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Physical Examination
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Posterior Scleritis
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Cysts
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Toric Intraocular Lens Implantation
  • Trichiasis
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Insurance Check

Search for your insurance provider

Dr. Farbowitz accepts

Accepted insurance can change. Please double-check when making an appointment.

732-769-3356

Dr. Farbowitz accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Amerihealth
Local Value Network EPO
Local Value Network HMO
Local Value Network HMO+
Local Value Network POS+
Local Value Network PPO
Regional Pref Network EPO
Regional Pref Network HMO
Regional Pref Network HMO+
Regional Pref Network POS+
Regional Pref Network PPO
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
EmblemHealth
GHI PPO
Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP) PPO
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Direct Access
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MagnaCare
MagnaCare PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Oxford Health Plans
Freedom Plan
QualCare
QualCare HMO
QualCare PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
Oxford Liberty
United Healthcare

About Me

Care Philosophy

Our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive eye care of the highest quality, using the most modern technology, giving each patient the attention...Read more

Biography

Michael A. Farbowitz, MD is one of the only fellowship-trained refractive surgeons in the area. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Johns Hopkins...Read more

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

Ucla--Jules Stein Eye Institute
Fellowship Hospital
Long Island Jewish Medical Center (New York)
Residency Hospital
Long Island Jewish Medical Center (New York)
Internship Hospital
Johns Hopkins University / School of Medicine
Undergraduate School
,

Languages

  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call 732-769-3356.

Does Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Farbowitz has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Farbowitz's profile to make an appointment.

Does Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD accept my insurance?

Use the Healthgrades insurance check to verify if Dr. Farbowitz accepts your insurance.

What are Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Farbowitz frequently treats Eyelid Disorders, Stye, and Chalazion. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Farbowitz treats.

Where is Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD's office located?

Dr. Farbowitz's office is located at 551 MILLBURN AVE, Short Hills, NJ 07078. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD speak?

Dr. Farbowitz speaks Spanish, Hebrew, and English. View profile to see all.

Affiliated Hospitals

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

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Livingston, NJ

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Overlook Medical Center

Summit, NJ

71% Patient Experience Rating, 2% higher than the national average

33 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)