Eric A. Postel, MD
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There is nothing more rewarding than helping others. I enjoy getting to know my patients and have a friendly relationship with them.
– Eric A. Postel, MD

Eric A. Postel, MD

Ophthalmologist, Retinal Surgeon

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Where I See Patients
Duke Eye Center - Durham, NC
Duke Eye Center South Durham - Durham, NC
There is nothing more rewarding than helping others. I enjoy getting to know my patients and have a friendly relationship with them.
– Eric A. Postel, MD

About Me


I see a large variety of patients who suffer from a multitude of eye diseases that affect the back of the eye – specifically, the retina and vitreous. I treat some simple but mostly complex retinal diseases, most commonly macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and other macular disease, as well as ocular trauma and uveitis. I became interested in medicine as a young child. My father is a psychiatrist and my mother a molecular biologist (both now retired), so I was surrounded by science and worked in biochemistry labs even as a young teenager. I also knew fairly early on that I wanted to become a surgeon. There is nothing more rewarding than helping others. I enjoy getting to know my patients and have a friendly relationship with them. As far as personal interests, I love to spend time with my wife and our two daughters. I am a soccer dad and a musician of sorts as I’ve played guitar and bass in several bands. I also enjoy photography and suffer through swimming, running, and other athletic “exploits.”

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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.93 out of 5
329 ratings, 61 reviews

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology
Vitroretinal Surgery and Diseases, Eye Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1995-1996
Vitroretinal Surgery and Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, 1996-1997
Ophthalmology, Duke Eye Center, 1992-1995
MD, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (Pennsylvania), 1991

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests
Research Interests

My research has focused on macular degeneration. I was the lead clinician and Co-PI on the team that was the first to identify the risk genes for age-related macular degeneration. I hope that those discoveries will ultimately lead to a cure for the disease. I’ve had a fruitful academic research career but now my non-clinical time is mostly spent in administration. I am the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations of the Department of and the Chief of Ambulatory Surgery, Ophthalmology. My goal is to improve the way care is delivered and to make that delivery of the best care easier and more efficient for both patients and caregivers.

Publications and Grants

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • Alcon, Inc
  • Arctic Dx, Inc.
  • Chylack, Inc
  • Phase 5 Creative