We found 7 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Anthem Blue Cross EPO near Encino, CA.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
16311 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 750
Encino, CA
 

Dr. David Aizuss is an ophthalmologist in Encino, CA and West Hills, CA. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute. He has a special interest in glaucoma, LASIK, and cataract surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Aizuss is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Aizuss accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataract Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Michael Colvard, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5363 Balboa Boulevard; Suite 545
Encino, CA
 

Dr. David Colvard sees patients in Encino, CA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In Dr. Colvard's practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Colvard accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Colvard include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
13320 Riverside Drive; Suite 114
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Alan Berg's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Berg average 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery, and cataracts. Dr. Berg is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Berg trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Abraham Ebbie Soroudi, MS, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
16661 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 826
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Abraham Soroudi's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Soroudi has a special interest in LASIK, comprehensive ophthalmology, and injectable fillers. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Soroudi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Botox Injection, Injectable Fillers, Surgical Procedures, Refractive ... (Read more)

Dr. Brad Steven Elkins, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
16311 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 750
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Brad Elkins practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Encino, CA and West Hills, CA. Dr. Elkins has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Elkins include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
18350 Roscoe Boulevard; Suite 101
Northridge, CA
 

Dr. Mitchell Shultz, who practices in Northridge, CA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Shultz honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
14914 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Ira Latto's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Latto has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, 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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