Brancato Lorraine J MD

★★★★☆

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Mon - Fri, 10am - 4:30pm; Sat, Sun, closed

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I can confirm the enthusiastic endorsement of the first reviewer. I have been a patient for over twenty years and I would never trust anyone else with my precious eyesight nor would I happily forego cuddling with the adorable and hilarious Ms. Molly, Therapy Dog.

This doc treats only glaucoma and glaucoma-related complications. Patients considering other glaucoma opthalmologists should be aware that, outside of large institutions, even opthalmologists claiming a glaucoma specialty rarely are able to build an entire practice on glaucoma and so have far less focus and experience than Brancato. To my knowledge (which is extensive but not recently updated) you will find glaucoma expertise in the tri-state area that is comparable to Dr. B's only at Wills Eye, Philadelphia and NY Eye and Ear, Manhattan. I've been to both these places myself and with family members. They are large institutions and feel like it. I've seen the most famous specialists at both places (Dr. Spaeth at Wills, Dr. Rich at NY) and I wouldn't trade Lorraine for either of these estimable doctors (not to mention that the last time I was at Wills, where I took a friend, we were seen almost five hours past her appointment time).

Yes, probably you will wait a half hour or more past your appointment time to see her. When it's your turn, you'll understand how this happens, because she won't conclude your appointment until she's satisfied that she's covered every angle, including your general health. While you are waiting, you might chat with another patient who has seen one or more of the less competent, less dedicated glaucoma doctors that abound (I've seen several of them myself) and who bless the day they found her. She does surgeries in her building, so you also have the advantage of one-stop shopping and immediate access for emergencies or urgencies.

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★★★★★

I can confirm the enthusiastic endorsement of the first reviewer. I have been a patient for over twenty years and I would never trust anyone else with my precious eyesight nor would I happily forego cuddling with the adorable and hilarious Ms. Molly, Therapy Dog.

This doc treats only glaucoma and glaucoma-related complications. Patients considering other glaucoma opthalmologists should be aware that, outside of large institutions, even opthalmologists claiming a glaucoma specialty rarely are able to build an entire practice on glaucoma and so have far less focus and experience than Brancato. To my knowledge (which is extensive but not recently updated) you will find glaucoma expertise in the tri-state area that is comparable to Dr. B's only at Wills Eye, Philadelphia and NY Eye and Ear, Manhattan. I've been to both these places myself and with family members. They are large institutions and feel like it. I've seen the most famous specialists at both places (Dr. Spaeth at Wills, Dr. Rich at NY) and I wouldn't trade Lorraine for either of these estimable doctors (not to mention that the last time I was at Wills, where I took a friend, we were seen almost five hours past her appointment time).

Yes, probably you will wait a half hour or more past your appointment time to see her. When it's your turn, you'll understand how this happens, because she won't conclude your appointment until she's satisfied that she's covered every angle, including your general health. While you are waiting, you might chat with another patient who has seen one or more of the less competent, less dedicated glaucoma doctors that abound (I've seen several of them myself) and who bless the day they found her. She does surgeries in her building, so you also have the advantage of one-stop shopping and immediate access for emergencies or urgencies.

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I have glaucoma and have gone to Dr. Brancato for, at least, 10 years. My mother had macular degeneration and glaucoma. When my mother, who I loved very much, moved to NJ to live with me, I took her to the only glaucoma doctor that I would recommend - Dr. Brancato. My mother went to Dr. B for years, until my mother died. One of my best friends, who is 95, has gone for years.

One day, while waiting for my appointment, in Paramus, I struck up a conversation with another patient, who was fretting over her bus schedule. It turned out that the woman lived in Newark. Surprised, I asked how she found Dr. B. She proceeded to tell me that 20 years ago, another glaucoma specialist told her that she would be blind within the year and that there was nothing that could be done. Another doctor asked if the woman would like to go to `one of the best in the country' - Dr. Brancato. The woman has followed Dr. B for over 20 years, no matter how many buses she has to take. And, yes, the woman still has her sight!

If you want to go to one of the best, brightest, most knowledgeable, and caring doctors, "in this country," but you happen to be one of the minority, who don't like dogs, then tell the office staff and Molly will be kept locked in Dr. B's office, while you are there. Molly is a clean, well trained, happy, non-allergenic dog, who helps calm people. Just as hospitals and nursing homes bring dogs in, now, knowing that dogs bring down blood pressure, and are therapeutic in helping people deal with stress and/or pain, I have witnessed the lighter mood and added laughter coming from other patients, as Molly bounces in and out of the examining rooms.

And, as a final note - I keep a card index of EVERY doctor, lawyer, etc, my mother, daughter, or I have ever been to. On each card, I put a rating, usually with an explanation. VERY few have "Excellent" written on them. Dr. Brancato is one of those few.

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★★★★★

I have glaucoma and have gone to Dr. Brancato for, at least, 10 years. My mother had macular degeneration and glaucoma. When my mother, who I loved very much, moved to NJ to live with me, I took her to the only glaucoma doctor that I would recommend - Dr. Brancato. My mother went to Dr. B for years, until my mother died. One of my best friends, who is 95, has gone for years.

One day, while waiting for my appointment, in Paramus, I struck up a conversation with another patient, who was fretting over her bus schedule. It turned out that the woman lived in Newark. Surprised, I asked how she found Dr. B. She proceeded to tell me that 20 years ago, another glaucoma specialist told her that she would be blind within the year and that there was nothing that could be done. Another doctor asked if the woman would like to go to `one of the best in the country' - Dr. Brancato. The woman has followed Dr. B for over 20 years, no matter how many buses she has to take. And, yes, the woman still has her sight!

If you want to go to one of the best, brightest, most knowledgeable, and caring doctors, "in this country," but you happen to be one of the minority, who don't like dogs, then tell the office staff and Molly will be kept locked in Dr. B's office, while you are there. Molly is a clean, well trained, happy, non-allergenic dog, who helps calm people. Just as hospitals and nursing homes bring dogs in, now, knowing that dogs bring down blood pressure, and are therapeutic in helping people deal with stress and/or pain, I have witnessed the lighter mood and added laughter coming from other patients, as Molly bounces in and out of the examining rooms.

And, as a final note - I keep a card index of EVERY doctor, lawyer, etc, my mother, daughter, or I have ever been to. On each card, I put a rating, usually with an explanation. VERY few have "Excellent" written on them. Dr. Brancato is one of those few.

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I went to see this "Dr" for an abrasion, but instead of telling me that she herself had an infection, she went ahead treating me. Sure enough, I caught her infection. When I went back to
her she admitted that she had given me the infection. She has her dog Molly running through the office into exam rooms
while she is examing patients. I have denied her claim to my insurance for this reason and she is upset that she isn't getting paid. This happened the week before Christmas 2009 and finally I had to go to a different eye doctor to have the infection looked at. It was finally better by mid January 2010. Even her receptionist/assistant Erica knows how unprofessional she is. Visit this "eye doctor" at your own risk.

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I went to see this "Dr" for an abrasion, but instead of telling me that she herself had an infection, she went ahead treating me. Sure enough, I caught her infection. When I went back to
her she admitted that she had given me the infection. She has her dog Molly running through the office into exam rooms
while she is examing patients. I have denied her claim to my insurance for this reason and she is upset that she isn't getting paid. This happened the week before Christmas 2009 and finally I had to go to a different eye doctor to have the infection looked at. It was finally better by mid January 2010. Even her receptionist/assistant Erica knows how unprofessional she is. Visit this "eye doctor" at your own risk.

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