Dr. Neel Desai, MD

Dr. Neel Desai, MD

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Cataract Surgery  |  
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40 y/o
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Dr. Neel Desai, MD is a cataract surgery doctor who practices in Clearwater, FL. He is 40 years old and has been practicing for 14 years. Read his story

The Eye Institute of West Florida

3165 N McMullen Booth Rd Ste A1

Clearwater, FL 33761
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Ambetter
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Cataract Removal Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Eye Infections
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Desai's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Desai "Neel R. Desai, MD is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist strictly specializing in LASIK, cataract and corneal diseases of the eye. Dr. Desai is a top graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his fellowship in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He is recognized throughout the country and internationally as one of only 100 surgeons able to perform advanced corneal transplants and other complex cataract, corneal and refractive procedures. He holds pending patents to new surgical products and advanced cornea surgical procedures of his own design. Additionally, Dr. Desai has authored many book chapters in his field of study and continues to write articles in peer review journals."

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Desai "The Eye Institute of West Florida delivers clinical excellence in every subspecialty field of ophthalmology with our fellowship trained physicians who utilize innovations, advanced medicines and latest techniques to deliver quality patient outcomes in a warm and friendly environment."
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Specialties

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
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Board Certifications

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

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Esotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hyphema
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Pterygium
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Non-Magnetic
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Sclera
  • Eye Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • LASIK
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

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

  • University of Maryland
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1999
  • Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Medical University of South Carolina
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Storm Eye Institute
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2007
  • Wilmer Eye Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2008

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Desai has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Desai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Desai to family and friends
4.0
based on 37 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Desai's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
Pinellas Park, FL |
I had lasik done in 2016 and he was able to bring me back to 20/20, which is the important thing. I don't doubt his talent but he is very arrogant. Bedside manor was completely insulting during the procedure. Even asked after the procedure if I was a boxer? Then stated "oh you must be a tough guy then huh?" All the while during the procedure he kept repeating "your making this harder than it needs to be". Theres only one way to stare at a light. The typical I'm a doctor and walk on water.
in Palm Harbor, FL |
I have a disease called Kerataconus which often requires a corneal transplant to restore vision. I had one 25 years ago. It began to fail over time and I was told I would need another transplant. As it turned out I only needed to replace a part of my cornea called the endothelium. Not many surgeons perform this surgery. It was a great success with significantly less risk, and less healing time than a full cornea replacement. Dr. Desai did his job well; he restored my vision in this eye.
in Crystal River, Fl 34428 |
He was a blessing for me, he did ocular surface reconstruction for pterygium/conjunctive lesion excision
Riverview, FL |
My cataract surgery performed by Dr . Desai was the least stressful and most pain-free surgical procedure I have ever had done. I am impressed with the professionalism of the staff.
in Clearwater, FL |
Dr. Desai presented several options for my cataract surgery and I chose one of the more expensive ones. Today I can see more clearly than ever before. It's amazing. He did a fantastic job and wasn't satisfied until I could see perfectly, which is something I never really expected. I can't say enough nice things about him.
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Dr. Desai accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Ambetter
    Superior Health Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
    Blue Care HMO
    BlueDental Choice
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
    Select HMO
    Tampa Bay CoreNet
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Desai has admitting privileges

Largo Medical Center
201 14th St SW
Largo, FL 33770
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Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Campus
2025 Indian Rocks Rd S
Largo, FL 33774
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Morton Plant Hospital
300 Pinellas St
Clearwater, FL 33756
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