Dr. Neel Desai, MD

Dr. Neel Desai, MD

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Cataract Surgery  ·  
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41 y/o
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Dr. Neel Desai, MD is a cataract surgery specialist in Largo, FL and has been practicing for 10 years. He specializes in cataract surgery, ophthalmology, and more.Read his story

The Eye Institute of West Florida

1225 W Bay Dr

Largo, FL 33770
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Insurance Accepted

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

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Desai performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

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

Dr. Desai's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

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."

3  Specialties

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

55  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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17  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

4.0
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Desai to family and friends
37 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (37)

  • 5
    (27)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (9)

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)

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...more
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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...more
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He was a blessing for me, he did ocular surface reconstruction for pterygium/conjunctive lesion excision
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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.
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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...more
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