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

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

Dr. Bruce Kirschner specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Kirschner's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is especially interested in LASIK and cataracts. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Kirschner performed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Kirschner (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He 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's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Drinnan's training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Drinnan include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Drinnan's average rating from his patients is 1.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Drinnan (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Dr. Drinnan's practice is open to 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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). After attending Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Bern completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Bern include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and LASIK. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bern (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Bern is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

Dr. Kenneth Chern works as an ophthalmologist. His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, LASIK, and cataract surgery. Dr. Chern's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Cole Eye Institute for residency. Dr. Chern speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chern is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Edward Koo works as an ophthalmologist in Burlingame, CA. Dr. Koo (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Koo's areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, macular hole, and uveitis. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Patients gave Dr. Koo an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Koo's 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 works as an ophthalmologist in San Mateo, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: LASIK and cataracts. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Macdonald is a graduate of New York Medical College. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Macdonald's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He has an open panel.

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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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