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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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Board Certified
American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology
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
My Locations
2351 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705-4699
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234 Crooked Creek Pkwy
Durham, NC 27713-8506
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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.”

Languages I Speak
English
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.87 out of 5
388 ratings, 79 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology
Fellowship
Vitroretinal Surgery and Diseases, Eye Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1995-1996
Vitroretinal Surgery and Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, 1996-1997
Residency
Ophthalmology, Duke Eye Center, 1992-1995
Education
MD, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (Pennsylvania), 1991
Clinical Focus and Research
My 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
View my publications on PubMed
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 HMO Open Access
    • Aetna Medicare Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • 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
    • 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 Choice Plus
    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • 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
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct*
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • *This is for Wake County only.

  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • NC Medicaid*
    • *Not all Duke locations and doctors participate in this plan. Please contact the location you will be visiting to determine what is accepted.

  • OneNet PPO
    • FAMIS*
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • *Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.

    • TRICARE Prime*
    • TRICARE Prime Remote*
    • TRICARE Select*
    • *Duke Primary Care is considered an authorized, non-network participating provider.

    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
    • 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 of the River Valley
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Options PPO with Harvard Pilgrim
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does 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