Dr. Rajen Desai, MD

OphthalmologyMaleAge 42

Ophthalmology

Dr. Rajen Desai, MD is an Ophthalmology Specialist in Edison, NJ and has over 15 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Stanford Med Sch|Stanford University Medical Center in 2008. He is affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Old Bridge Medical Center. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Rajen Desai, MD

Santamaria Eye Center

4 Ethel Rd Ste 403A Edison, NJ 08817
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available
Telehealth services available

Accepting new patients

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Best Glaucoma Surgeon
My husband, who is under 40, started to experience blurry vision in the left eye all of a sudden. He went to multiple doctors to figure out the cause. After several eye check ups, MRI scans and other tests, it was determined that he had glaucoma and he needed immediate attention. We were referred to Dr. Rajen Desai and going to him was one of the best decisions we ever took! Dr. Desai is not only a knowledgeable opthalmologist but also a very caring and compassionate person. He performed glaucoma surgery to the left eye and laser surgery to the right eye. He was with us throughout the process and explained every step carefully. He took time to answer all our questions. His constant attention and communication has been a great reassurance for us at every stage and our experience with him has been nothing short of excellent. Overall Dr. Desai handled our case very well. He is outstanding and I highly recommend him for advanced eye care!
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Sushmitha Bhagi – Jul 17, 2022
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He is a very compassionate, caring doctor. Gives you full attention with my concerns. He operated on my husband three years ago. I recently had my cataract removed and could not be more pleased. I would definitely recommend him to friends, family and others. He ALWAYS RETURN YOUR CALLS IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS. I would like to apologize for my past review. I had a very bad day and took out my frustration when I write my review. I would like to remove my negativity as I was totally unfair. Dr. desi is an OUTSTANDING DOCTOR VERY PROFESSIONAL AND WOULD NOT HAVE ANY OTHER DOCTOR. Thank you and again please accept my apology.
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  • Staff friendliness
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Sheila McCormack – Jan 16, 2022
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I recently underwent cataract cataract surgery surgery as well as a stent placementfor glaucoma. As a board certified internist cardiologist and registered pharmacist I'm in a good position to evaluate physicians.DrDesai was excellent. All was well explained and Dr Desai communicated via text. I was quite happy with the whole experience I would highly recommend Doctor Desai, and in particular very happy with the results . I have referred my own patients to him
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LarryJCohenMDFACCFACPRph – Dec 06, 2021
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I recently had cataract surgery with Dr. Desai at the Specialized Surgical Center in East Brunswick. The staff, nurses and technicians were both professional and helpful. The facility was modern, sterile, and had Covid precautions down to a science. After surgery, my vision is amazing! Colors are vibrant and beautiful! The post operative instructions are clear and after reviewing them a couple of times, I was able to follow them easily and place the eye drops without any difficulty. The follow up visit with an eye doctor was convenient and reassuring. My new lenses are perfect! Follow up contact from the doctor and Surgicenter was helpful. Seriously, I cannot believe how the cataract affected my vision. Colors in my world were dull and muted. Now, the sky is so blue, the grass is beautiful green, and the squirrels in my backyard are gray, not a dull brown! Thank you Dr. Desai for performing my cataract surgery and improving my vision and my experience in the world!
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Joanne – Nov 27, 2021
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Dr. Rajen Desai is a top-notch ophthalmologist, trained at Northwestern University, with special interest in glaucoma & cataract surgery. He has done research and is very knowledgeable about state-of-the-art techniques and products, including novel lenses & stents. He took his time to explain the surgery and recovery expectations to my dad, who came to NJ for repair of his cataract and narrow-angle glaucoma. He is very happy with the outcome. I will certainly recommend Dr. Desai to anyone needing this type of expertise!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Sep 04, 2021
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I was operated by Dr. Desai two months ago. I received excellent preoperative and postoperative treatment. I regained my vision and became an avid reader again after the surgery. What a gift this young Doctor gave me at the age of 84. Right from first appointment until full recovery, Dr. Desai answered all my concerns. I am admirer of this tenanted Doctor. May God bless him with long healthy life to serve the humanity….. Shakuntala Lakhani
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Shakuntala Lakhani – Aug 29, 2021
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Dr. Desai has been my physician for 16 months. I had severe pressure in my eyes due to glaucoma along with cataracts in both eyes. Dr. Desai has successfully lowered my pressure from 44 to 16 by using laser and inserting a stent in each eye and removing both cataracts. His attention to details and his kind, gentle technique and professionalism rate him as one of the best physicians in his field. Also, his office visits are never rushed—-always making you feel more like family than a patient !
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
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Angelo Bonarrigo – Aug 28, 2021
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Dr. Desai is very knowlegable, thorough, professional and caring. He spends great mount of time during each visit to explain everything & collaborates with other docs from leading opthalmology hospital to provide best care for our child with glaucoma. Dr.Desai and his staff has always got back promptly whenever we have reached out for any request like additional tests, rescheduling, etc. Our overall experience at the Witlin Center for Advanced Eyecare has been a very positive one. The need for consistent and effective medical care is very critical for a child with glaucoma and we feel we are in great hands of Dr.Desai ! We highly recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
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Aug 28, 2021
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Dr. Rajen Desai is an excellent Eye Surgeon, very talented and through knowledgeable. He did my both eyes Cataract surgery nicely and I have 20/20 vision in both eyes. No Reading glass afterwards. He is the best, very cooperative in follow-up treatment also. I strongly recommend him for critical eye treatments. My ratings are 5 out of 5.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Mukesh Patel – Aug 02, 2021
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Many thanks to Dr. Desai for making my experience at the Witlin Center for Advanced Eyecare a positive one. When you begin to notice a loss of vision, the need for consistent and effective medical care is critical. Dr. Desai’s patience and support prior to back-to-back cataract surgery, taking the time to answer my questions, providing honest expectations in a positive manner and reassuring me of his continued support- was so very much appreciated. With much gratitude for my perfect vision, Kathy Ahmed
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
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Kathleen Ahmed – Apr 28, 2021
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Failed Glaucoma surgery. I suffered eye loss and damage due to poor surgical technique.
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Apr 08, 2021
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My comments on Dr. Desai come from 2 perspectives --- as an optometrist and eye care practitioner knowledgeable from a medical perspective of the care Dr. Desai provides, as well as the sister of his patient who has an aggressive form of glaucoma, in need of surgery. Dr. Desai is at the forefront of providing the most recent evidence-based care and is a skilled surgeon/clinician. But in addition, he is a compassionate practitioner who truly cares about his patients and understands the apprehension of a patient dealing with the complexities of preserving their vision. Thank you, Dr. Desai, for all your good works.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
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Mar 13, 2021
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Dr. Desai initially treated my pseudo-exfoliation glaucoma with Xen Gel Stent surgery but because of its aggressive & unpredictable nature, he later inserted an Ahmed Valve. So far I have been able to come off of my eye drops & the pressure is in the single digits. He is extremely knowledgeable, generous & patient in his explanations and time, and goes above & beyond in providing hope & care. A true gem - I am blessed to have him as my doctor!
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
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Teresa Adamczyk – Mar 13, 2021
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Very professional, caring, and very clear in his treatment plan from Surgeries to follow-up care. Would highly recommend Dr. Desai to anyone with major eye concerns, emphasis on Glaucoma diagnosis.
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
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Feb 03, 2021
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WOULD RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE WHO HAS TO HAVE SURGERY, DID SUCH A GREAT JOB, I RECOMMEND HIM TO ALL MY FRIENDS, MAKES YOU FEEL SO COMFORTABLE, AND RELAXED
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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WILLIAM J KATONA – Sep 05, 2020
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Most pleasant and comfortable experience. I will recommend to anyone.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Pradyumna Patel – Aug 13, 2020
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Dr. Desai operated on my cataracts last year. I have had no problems or issues since then. I went back for my yearly checkup and he was personable and as sincere as he was when he operated on me.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Norma Shapiro – Aug 01, 2020
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I was quite calm on the day of surgery, because of my confidence in Dr. Desai, and his full explanation of the surgical procedure for glaucoma. It was interesting that although I was awake throughout, I was totally comfortable.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jul 18, 2020
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Dr. Desai is just wonderful! I was scared to get cataract surgery. Infact I had it scheduled months before and chickened out! When I rescheduled, I met with Dr. Desai. He explained everything that would happen. He said he would take care of me and he did. The day of the surgery, he met with me while I was in prep to calm my nerves. Once in the surgery room he talked me through it. I was waiting for Dr Desai to say he was starting. To my surprise he said he was done!! I did not feel a thing!! It was as perfect as it could get. Thanks Dr. Desai for doing a great job and putting me at ease. You are a wonderful person and Doctor. Thank you!!!
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Delta Hazell – Apr 14, 2020
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Great experience and an amazing doctor with a great personality
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Apr 14, 2020
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Care Philosophy

My goal is to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art ophthalmic care which starts with listening to my patient, patient education, and treating each...Read more

Biography

Rajen Desai MD FACS is a board certified cataract and glaucoma surgeon with the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care and Santamaria Eye Center.
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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

2014
Northwestern Memorial Hospital/ Nw University Il
Fellowship Hospital
2013
Northwestern U-Northwestern Meml Hosp|Northwestern University Feinberg - School of Medicine
Residency Hospital
2009
Maimonides Med Ctr
Internship Hospital
2008
Stanford Med Sch|Stanford University Medical Center
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Spanish

Awards

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What conditions does Dr. Rajen Desai, MD treat?

Dr. Desai frequently treats the following conditions: Glaucoma, Senile Cataracts, and Astigmatism. See more on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Desai's office is located at 4 Ethel Rd Ste 403A, Edison, NJ 08817. You can find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Desai is able to speak Spanish, Gujarati, and English. View profile to see all.

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Dr. Desai provides telehealth services. Please contact the office to determine whether you are eligible.

Is Dr. Rajen Desai, MD affiliated with any hospitals?

Dr. Rajen Desai, MD is affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Old Bridge Medical Center.

Is Dr. Rajen Desai, MD a board-certified professional?

Yes, Dr. Rajen Desai, MD holds board certifications in Ophthalmology.

How much experience does Dr. Rajen Desai, MD have?

Dr. Desai has over 14 years of healthcare experience.

Does Dr. Rajen Desai, MD receive good ratings from patients?

There is a star rating of 4.9/5 for Dr. Rajen Desai, MD. Patients say that the provider listened & answered questions well and the provider explained conditions well. See all patient feedback on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Desai's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Glaucoma
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Dr. Desai treats Glaucoma more than 80% of his peers

Dr. Desai treats this condition more than 80% of his peers

Senile Cataracts
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Dr. Desai treats Senile Cataracts more than 79% of his peers

Dr. Desai treats this condition more than 79% of his peers

Astigmatism
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Dr. Desai treats Astigmatism more than 77% of his peers

Dr. Desai treats this condition more than 77% of his peers

Dr. Desai's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
  • Astigmatism
  • Cataract
  • Chronic Angle-Closure Glaucoma
  • Diabetic Cataracts
  • Dilation of Outflow Canal
  • Glaucoma
  • Medical and Surgical Management of Glaucoma
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma
  • Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Senile Cataracts

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Santamaria Eye Center

Santamaria Eye Center4 Ethel Rd Ste 403A Edison, NJ 08817
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Santamaria Eye Center104 Market St Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
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Witlin Center For Advancd Eye Care, East Brunswick, NJ

Witlin Center For Advancd Eye Care, East Brunswick, NJ886 Commons Way Bldg H Toms River, NJ 08755
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Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care385 State Route 18 Ste H East Brunswick, NJ 08816
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