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We found 8 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Anthem Blue Cross EPO near Encino, CA.

Dr. David Harlan Aizuss, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
16311 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 750
Encino, CA
 

Dr. David Aizuss works as an ophthalmologist in Encino, CA and West Hills, CA. Dr. Aizuss has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aizuss include glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and LASIK. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aizuss has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Aizuss has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. David Colvard practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Colvard include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Colvard attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Colvard's distinctions 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: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

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

Dr. Brad Elkins, who practices in Encino, CA and West Hills, CA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Elkins include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Before completing his residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute, Dr. Elkins attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His distinctions 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

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

Dr. Alan Berg is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Berg include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Berg attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Berg's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
16260 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 525
Encino, CA
 

Dr. David Milstein is an ophthalmologist in Van Nuys, CA and Encino, CA. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he completed his residency training at White Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Milstein accepts the following insurance: Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Molina Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Plastic Surgery Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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

Dr. Mitchell Shultz is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Shultz graduated from New York Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Shultz trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and anterior segment diseases. Dr. Shultz's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Anterior Segment Diseases, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
14914 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Ira Latto is an ophthalmologist in Van Nuys, CA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Latto's clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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

Dr. Abraham Soroudi is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Huntington Park, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Encino, CA. In his practice, Dr. Soroudi focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Dr. Soroudi completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Soroudi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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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.