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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 works as an ophthalmologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tracy include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and eye problems. Dr. Tracy accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at Scheie Eye Institute. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Tracy 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). Dr. Morris obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and laser surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Morris's 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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Carlsbad, CA and Encinitas, CA. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Spellman is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Spellman is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Spellman attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin.

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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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Carlsbad, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Davies include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. In addition to English, Dr. Davies (or staff) speaks 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.