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We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Lakewood, CA.

Dr. Donald Natale Serafano, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3325 Palo Verde Avenue; Suite 103
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Donald Serafano's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include hylaform, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Serafano takes. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Serafano trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Serafano (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Glasses, Botox Injection, Posterior Capsular Opacification, Hylaform, Eye Procedures, Eye Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
3300 E South Street; Suite 105
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Carl Hartman practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Long Beach, CA, Los Alamitos, CA, and Lakewood, CA. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and glasses. Dr. Hartman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Medicare Supplement (Medigap), Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hartman has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors 2008. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Eye Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Eye Problems, Cornea Problems, Glasses, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
3325 Palo Verde Avenue; Suite 103
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Carlos Martinez, who practices in Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In Dr. Martinez's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Martinez is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. He trained at Ochsner Medical Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Martinez average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Martinez has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Emma L Clay, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
3300 E South Street; Suite 105
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Emma Clay works as an ophthalmologist in Lakewood, CA and Los Alamitos, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Clay include uveitis, hylaform, and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). Dr. Clay takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Clay's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute. In addition to English, Dr. Clay speaks Spanish. Dr. Clay's hospital/clinic affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Clay's office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Eye Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Restylane, Uveitis, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Eye Problems, Botox ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology
3300 E South Street; Suite 105
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Theodore Pasquali's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Pasquali obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cole Eye Institute. His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pasquali takes. In addition to English, Dr. Pasquali speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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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.