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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in glaucoma, LASIK, and cataract surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Chern a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Cole Eye Institute. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Chern'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: , 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kirschner include LASIK and cataracts. The average patient rating for Dr. Kirschner is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Kirschner (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese. He is professionally affiliated with 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: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Cataracts, 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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in San Mateo, CA. Dr. Bern (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Bern's clinical interests: macular degeneration, glaucoma, and LASIK. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Bern is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is open to 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 is a San Mateo, CA physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Patient reviews placed Dr. Drinnan at an average of 1.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Drinnan graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Drinnan (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Drinnan welcomes 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 medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Koo's areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, macular hole, and uveitis. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to 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. His residency was performed at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Koo (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Koo's professional affiliations include 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), LASIK

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

Dr. Michael Macdonald is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Macdonald's clinical interests include LASIK and cataracts. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is 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: , 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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