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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's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Chern attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cole Eye Institute. His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, LASIK, and cataract surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Chern average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chern is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He is open to new patients.

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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 works as an ophthalmologist in Burlingame, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Kirschner is 3.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Kirschner focuses on LASIK and cataracts. Dr. Kirschner honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net ELECT POS, and more. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Georgetown University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Kirschner (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Kirschner is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Kirschner 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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Bern's areas of expertise include macular degeneration, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and glaucoma. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bern completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Bern (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Bern's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Cataract Surgery ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Drinnan sees patients in San Mateo, CA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His average rating from his patients is 1.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Drinnan's areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and eye problems. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Drinnan welcomes new patients. He attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Drinnan (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery, Eye ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Edward Koo practices ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Koo (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Koo include macular degeneration, macular hole, and uveitis. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Koo is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. 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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: LASIK and cataracts. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Macdonald accepts. 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. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). 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.