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We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Medicare near Carlsbad, CA.

Dr. Michael Kennedy Tracy, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6183 Paseo Del Norte; Suite 210
Carlsbad, CA
 

Dr. Michael Tracy's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at Scheie Eye Institute. Dr. Tracy has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and eye problems. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tracy's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems, Cornea Problems

Dr. Jeffrey Bruce Morris, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3909 Waring Road
Oceanside, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Morris, who practices in Encinitas, CA, Oceanside, CA, and Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In Dr. Morris's practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and laser surgery. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Morris is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

Dr. Christopher Nawn Spellman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6221 Metropolitan Street; Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Spellman specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Carlsbad, CA and Encinitas, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Spellman include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College of Wisconsin and performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye ... (Read more)

Dr. James A Davies, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
655 Laguna Drive
Carlsbad, CA
 

Dr. James Davies' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Sinai Hospital of Detroit's residency program. Dr. Davies's areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Davies (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

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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.