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Dr. Niraj Patel

Ophthalmology
Tacoma, WA
28 years experience male

Locations

Office

Tacoma, WA

Address

3602 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

No Value

Pacific Northwest Eye Associates

Tacoma, WA

About

Bio

http://www.pateleye.com/

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

LASIK Surgery

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Refractive Error: Hyperopia is a refractive error typically resulting for a short eye. This can occur in all ages and is often times corrected with glasses/contacts if... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
LASIK: For the right patient, vision correction surgery can be life changing. However, these surgeries should not be taken lightly. A very detailed, thorough... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Eye Surgery: Depends on the eye surgery. If you are asking specifically about refractive surgery such as LASIK or PRK, not everyone is a candidate for these proce... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Fuchs': Fuchs is a problem with the inner layer of the cornea (window to the eye). If this layer fails (the pump of the cornea), then the cornea can swell an... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Myopia: Myopia or nearsightedness is one type of refractive error that can cause decreased vision. Typically patients with myopia benefit from glasses or con... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a type of refractive error. In my experience, it typically does not go away eventually. It can change throughout life but the major c... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: These are refractive errors that are usually corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Eye exercises will not usually help correct for this. A detai... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Fuchs: Fuchs is a disease of the inner layer of the cornea. In some pts, this layer fails over time and the cornea can become swollen. When the cornea is s... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: Astigmatism is one type of refractive error. Myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopa (or farsightedness), and astigmatism all can cause refractive erro... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Cataract: I typically recommend people take it easy for a few days after surgery. Often times the eye can remain dilated which will let in more light when usin... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: It's hard to know the severity of astigmatism without an eye exam. Astigmatism is one type of refractive error. Myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopa... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Refractive Error: Myopia and Hyperopia are both common forms of refractive error as well as astigmatism. In terms of frequency in the population, myopia is typically m... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Cataracts: Yes, there are new modalities including femtosecond laser technologies to help in cataract surgery. However, these technologies are in their infancy.... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Refractive Error: Myopia and Hyperopia are both common forms of refractive error as well as astigmatism. In terms of frequency in the population, myopia is typically m... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Farsightednesss: Yes, their are hyperopic or farsighted correcting contact lenses. The best next step to see if this is a good option for you is to have a detailed, c... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: It really depends on how much astigmatism the child has. Some patients with low levels of astigmatism can see perfectly fine and don't require glasse... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Myopia: Myopia is a refractive error that results in decreased vision. Glasses or contact lenses change the focal point of light entering the eye so it focus... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Fuchs: No a CT scan of the sinuses should not cause any progression of your Fuch's Dystrophy.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Fuchs: Fuchs dystrophy does run in families and typically develops later in life. If you are concerned, the best next step is a detailed eye examination wit... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: Astigmatism is one type of refractive error. Myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopa (or farsightedness), and astigmatism all can cause refractive erro... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Fuchs: If a patient has Fuchs' with corneal thickening, NaCl 5% (Brand Name Muro 128 5%) is typically used to treat this condition in the early stages. Howe... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: It's hard to know if you have astigmatism without an eye exam. Astigmatism is one type of refractive error. Myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopa (or... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Cataracts: There are no known medical treatments for cataracts. Marijuana will not help in preventing or slowing down cataract development.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Fuchs: Fuchs is a disease of the inner layer of the cornea. In some pts, this layer fails over time and the cornea can become swollen. When the cornea is s... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: This is unusual but certainly is possible especially if the astigmatism is irregular in nature because of a problem with the cornea (window to the eye... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Epiretinal Membrane: Sounds like your doctor may have recommended surgery for your epiretinal membrane or macular pucker (ERM) as it is possibly affecting your vision. No... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
LASIK: For the right patient, vision correction surgery (LASIK/PRK) can be life changing. However, these surgeries should not be taken lightly. A very detail... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: It's hard to know if you have astigmatism without an eye exam. Astigmatism is one type of refractive error. Myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopa (or... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Ophthalmology: Not typically. An ophthalmologist is usually an MD or an DO after he/she completed medical school and then a residency in ophthalmology / eye surgery... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Vision Correction: For the right patient, vision correction surgery can be life changing. However, these surgeries should not be taken lightly. A very detailed, thorou... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: Usually it doesn't take very long to get a good detailed refraction to correct astigmatism. Getting used to a new pair of glasses can take a few week... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Myopia: No there are definitely options available to correct this level of refractive error. Much of whether surgery is suitable for you will be dependent on... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Fuchs: Likely not to a significant degree. More likely, aging and the progressive loss of cells over time will be most relevant factor in how your disease p... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Cataract: A cataract is the aging of the natural lens in the eye. The lens is located behind the cornea (window to the eye) and behind the pupil and iris (colo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: If your contact lens is uncomfortable, the fit is likely not good. Often times astigmatism correcting contacts are difficult to fit as the cornea is ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: It really depends on how much astigmatism you have. Some patients with low levels of astigmatism can see perfectly fine and don't require glasses or ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Floaters: Not usually, astigmatism is a refractive error resulting from the shape of your cornea (window to the eye). Floaters are typically in the back of the... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Fuchs': Not typically. Fuchs is a problem with the inner layer of the cornea. If this layer fails (the pump of the cornea), then the cornea can swell and vi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Astigmatism: Astigmatism can change as a patient ages similar to myopia or nearsightedness. Typically, astigmatism does not increase as fast as myopia but every p... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
LASIK Surgery: The cost can vary depending on the technology, the experience, and the region of the country you are having LASIK performed in. For all laser LASIK a... Read More

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HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
I’ve been through some difficult surgeries in the past; but none of them caused me the same mental trauma I was experiencing as I envisioned the removal of cataracts and insertion of new lenses in b...Read More
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
All of my expectations were not only met they were so far beyound what I dreamed of. I was born with cataratcs on both eyes. I had one eye that was far sighted , really far sighted, and one eye that w...Read More
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Dec 16, 2012
In an effort to find the Doctor I trust the most to handle my complex Cataract surgery, I had consultations with 6 of the best Cataract surgeons in the Seattle area. Hands down, Dr. Patel stood out a...Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MEDICAL SCHOOL, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL

Residency

WILLS EYE INSTITUTE

Awards

Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Best Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
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