We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Medicare near Carlsbad, CA.

Dr. Lee Richard Katzman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1930 Via Centre Drive
Vista, CA
 

Dr. Lee Katzman is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Encinitas, CA and Vista, CA. Dr. Katzman's areas of expertise consist of LASIK, cataract surgery, and eye problems. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. His medical residency was performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Katzman is in-network for Medicare insurance. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: LASIK, Cataract Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Jeffrey Morris' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Morris has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and laser surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Morris average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. Michael Tracy is an ophthalmologist. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Tracy accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tracy attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at Scheie Eye Institute. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

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

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

Dr. Christopher Spellman works as an ophthalmologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Spellman attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
655 Laguna Drive
Carlsbad, CA
 

Dr. James Davies is an ophthalmologist in Carlsbad, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Davies (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Davies trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Dr. Davies's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, 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.
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