Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD

Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 50
Dr. Michael Farbowitz, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Short Hills, NJ and has been practicing for 24 years. He graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1994 and specializes in ophthalmology and cataract surgery.Read his story

551 Millburn Ave

Short Hills, NJ 07078

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • EmblemHealth
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
  • MagnaCare
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very high
more than 99% of peers
Contact Lens Fitting Services
very high
more than 99% of peers
Eye Cancer
very high
more than 89% of peers

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Dr. Farbowitz's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Farbowitz "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 University. He attended NYU School of Medicine and served his residency in Ophthalmology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Farbowitz then performed a specialized fellowship in laser vision correction and advanced cataract surgery techniques at the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. As a Board Certified Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Dr. Farbowitz cares for most eye disorders in patients of all ages. He has a special interest in refractive surgery, which includes laser vision correction and new technology lens implants at the time of cataract surgery. Dr. Farbowitz has been performing Laser vision correction surgery since 1998, and has vast experience in the field. He is certified to use a number of lasers, including the VISX S4. He is also performing customized laser surgery using state of the art bladeless LASIK with wavefront technology. Dr. Farbowitz performs the most advanced small incision no-stitch cataract surgery at a state of the art ambulatory surgery center. His experience in laser refractive surgery helps him obtain the best possible visual results after cataract surgery, especially when using latest lens implant technology, including multifocal and toric intraocular lenses. He has published extensively, co-authored a textbook on ophthalmic surgery, and presented his research at national meetings. He is a member of numerous local and national societies, and has been named one of America's top ophthalmologists. Dr. Farbowitz is committed to help those less fortunate by participating in Vision Harvest, a local program that performs cataract surgery on the uninsured, and by embarking on medical missions to perform surgery in 3rd world countries. Dr. Farbowitz enjoys fitness, biking and spending time with his family. He lives with his wife and two teenage children in Bergen County."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Farbowitz "Our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive eye care of the highest quality, using the most modern technology, giving each patient the attention that they and their eyes deserve. We are also committed to helping those less fortunate, both at home and abroad, by participating in Vision Harvest, an annual program that provides cataract surgery for the uninsured, and surgical missions to Africa and Ecuador."

2  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

50  Conditions Treated

  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Black Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataract
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chronic Eye Diseases
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trichiasis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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22  Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Contact Lens Fitting Services
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Laser Office Procedure
  • Laser Surgery
  • Lash Enhancer
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Soft Contact Lenses

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New Jersey.

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.


  • Johns Hopkins University / School of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • New York University School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • Long Island Jewish Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Ucla--Jules Stein Eye Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Farbowitz has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Farbowitz's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Farbowitz to family and friends
63 total reviews (22 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (63)

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Dr. Farbowitz's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (22)

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Wonderful,caring and extremely professional.
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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...more
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We appreciate the feedback, but would never charge for a procedure without written consent. Since 2015, patients have been required to have a card on file, secured by Key Bank, which means that full information is not visible at any time. After insurance, balances of five dollars or less are automatically charged. Otherwise, a statement is sent to the patient with the remainder. We provide a detailed copy of this policy to all patients and are happy to answer any additional questions.

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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.
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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.
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