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For each of my patients, I carefully consider exam findings, imaging, and patient needs and preferences to create a customized treatment plan.
– Michael Allingham, MD, PhD

Michael Allingham, MD, PhD

Ophthalmologist, Retinal Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology
Where I See Patients
Duke Eye Center - Durham, NC
Duke Eye Center of Cary - Cary, NC
For each of my patients, I carefully consider exam findings, imaging, and patient needs and preferences to create a customized treatment plan.
– Michael Allingham, MD, PhD

My Locations

2351 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705-4699
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2000 Regency Pkwy
Cary, NC 27518-8712
Fax: 919-954-4176
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About Me

I am an ophthalmologist who specializes in the diagnosis and management of medical conditions affecting the retina, including macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, macular edema, and other macular diseases. I believe that no two patients are exactly alike. For each of my patients, I carefully consider exam findings, imaging, and patient needs and preferences to create a customized treatment plan. In addition to patient care, I study the biology, diagnosis and treatment of macular edema, and I am involved in basic laboratory science, ocular imaging analysis and clinical trials of new medications. I think that my time in clinic drives my research and that the insights gained from my research keep me at the cutting edge of diagnosis and treatment strategies for my patients. Outside of work I spend as much time as possible outdoors with my wife and daughter. In whatever time is left I can be found exploring western North Carolina on my mountain bike.

Languages I Speak
English

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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.96 out of 5
374 ratings, 64 reviews

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology
Fellowship
Medical Retina, Duke University Medical Center, 2014
Residency
Ophthalmology, Duke University Medical Center, 2013
Education
MD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2009
PhD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2007

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My primary research goal is to better understand the causes of and potential treatments for macular edema in hopes of one day finding new treatments for my patients. In addition, I study new ways of using imaging studies to guide treatment approaches customized to each patient. I am also involved in clinical trials of new medications for patients with diabetic macular edema.

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 Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plus Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (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.

  • Bright Health
    • 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
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • 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
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
    • WellCare of North Carolina
  • 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
    • 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 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 and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

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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.
  • Alimera Sciences
  • Eclipse Life Sciences
  • Eyedea Bio
  • Eyedesis Biosciences
  • Iveric Bio
  • Ocuphire Pharma
  • Pulsar Life Sciences