We found 6 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Aetna HMO near Burlingame, CA.

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Dr. Kenneth Chingmiin Chern, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1720 El Camino Real; Suite 225
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Chern's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma, LASIK, and cataract surgery. Dr. Chern honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Chern trained at Cole Eye Institute for residency. He speaks Mandarin. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chern's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataract Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Irwin Kirschner, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1828 El Camino Real; Suite 404
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Kirschner practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Burlingame, CA. Dr. Kirschner (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Kirschner's areas of expertise include the following: LASIK and cataracts. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Kirschner graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kirschner completed a residency program at Georgetown University Medical Center. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kirschner takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Eye Problems

Dr. Michael James Drinnan, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
101 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 310
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Drinnan practices ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Patient ratings for Dr. Drinnan average 1.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Drinnan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Drinnan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Drinnan is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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Dr. Bruce Harley Bern, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
50 S San Mateo Drive; 200
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Bern is an ophthalmologist in San Mateo, CA. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bern include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and LASIK. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Bern (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Bern is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Bern welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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Dr. Edward Y Koo, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1720 El Camino Real; Suite 225
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Edward Koo practices ophthalmology (eye disease). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Koo's areas of expertise include macular degeneration, macular hole, and uveitis. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Koo trained at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Koo (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Koo is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
50 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 200
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Macdonald is a San Mateo, CA physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in LASIK and cataracts. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, Dr. Macdonald completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Macdonald's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, LASIK, Eye Problems

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What is Refractive Surgery?

Refractive errors are problems in the shape of the eye that prevent light from being focused as it should. Small changes to the shape of the cornea (the clear, dome-shaped layer covering the front of the eye) and length of the eyeball can make vision blurry. Refractive surgery is any surgery on the eye that corrects a refractive error, improving vision and reducing the need for glasses and contacts. The most well-known refractive surgery is LASIK surgery, but there are several kinds.

LASIK surgery uses lasers to reshape the cornea. It can be used to treat most cases of near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. An ophthalmologist cuts away a flap of tissue covering the cornea, then guides a laser to lower or raise the curve of the cornea or to smooth out the surface of one with irregularities. It only takes 10 - 15 minutes per eye, and it is permanent.

LASEK is a very similar procedure that involves a thinner ‘flap’ under which the ophthalmologist operates. It may take slightly longer to heal, but it is a better choice for people with thin corneas.

There are several other kinds of surgery that reshape the cornea, including photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), conductive keratoplasty (CK), and laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK). While these procedures are not always as effective at vision correction as LASIK, they are also not as invasive. Unlike LASIK, they do not involve cutting open the flap of corneal tissue at the beginning of the procedure. PRK trims only the top layer of the cornea, while CK and LTK use heat to create precise scarring that will reshape it. There also may be less risk of side effects.

For severe cases of myopia, or nearsightedness, a procedure called phakic intraocular lenses may be used. These are like an implantable contact lens that is permanently inserted into the eye, in front of the natural lens.

Although an optician can refer patients to a surgeon, refractive surgery can only be performed by an ophthalmologist. A complete eye exam and consultation should always be performed. While recovery may take a few days of discomfort and blurry vision, it can lead to a lifetime free of glasses and contacts.
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