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

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

Dr. Kenneth Chern sees patients in Burlingame, CA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Chern include glaucoma, LASIK, and cataract surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Chern a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chern accepts. Before completing his residency at Cole Eye Institute, Dr. Chern attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chern's professional 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: , 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 is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: LASIK and cataracts. Dr. Kirschner has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, Dr. Kirschner attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Kirschner (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Kirschner's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He is accepting new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Bruce Bern practices ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise consist of macular degeneration, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and glaucoma. The average patient rating for Dr. Bern is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Bern (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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. Michael James Drinnan, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
101 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 310
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Drinnan's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Drinnan is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and eye problems. His 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. In addition to English, Dr. Drinnan (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Drinnan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Drinnan is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Edward Koo is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Burlingame, CA. Before performing his residency at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Koo attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Koo include macular degeneration, macular hole, and uveitis. Dr. Koo's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koo takes. Dr. Koo (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Koo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Cataract Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Surgery, Macular ... (Read more)

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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. Clinical interests for Dr. Macdonald include LASIK and cataracts. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Macdonald attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Macdonald takes. Dr. Macdonald's practice is open to new patients.

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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.