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

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

Dr. Lee Katzman works as an ophthalmologist in Encinitas, CA and Vista, CA. Dr. Katzman's clinical interests include LASIK, cataract surgery, and injectable fillers. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. His medical residency was performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Katzman is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Botox Injection, LASIK, Cataract Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cornea Transplant, Eye Problems

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

Dr. Jeffrey Morris is an ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Morris include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and laser surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Morris's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He welcomes 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. Christopher Nawn Spellman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6221 Metropolitan Street; Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Spellman is an ophthalmologist in Carlsbad, CA. Before performing his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Spellman attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. He has indicated that his clinical interests include 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. He is professionally 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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Dr. Michael Kennedy Tracy, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6183 Paseo Del Norte; Suite 210
Carlsbad, CA
 

Dr. Michael Tracy works as an ophthalmologist in Carlsbad, CA. In Dr. Tracy's practice, he is particularly interested in LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and comprehensive ophthalmology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his residency, Dr. Tracy trained at Scheie Eye Institute. Dr. Tracy has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tracy honors. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
655 Laguna Drive
Carlsbad, CA
 

Dr. James Davies works as an ophthalmologist. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit for residency. In his practice, Dr. Davies focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. The average patient rating for Dr. Davies is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Davies honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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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