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 a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of LASIK, cataract surgery, and eye problems. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Katzman is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Katzman has an open panel. For his residency, Dr. Katzman trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

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

Dr. Michael Tracy practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave Dr. Tracy an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, Dr. Tracy completed his residency training at Scheie Eye Institute.

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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. 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). His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and laser surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Morris is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Morris trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for his residency. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Morris takes. He has an open panel.

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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). His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Spellman is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. For his residency, Dr. Spellman trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Spellman 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' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Davies takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Davies's training includes a residency program at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Dr. Davies (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian.

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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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