We found 6 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Lakewood, CA.

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Dr. Ehsan Ethan Sadri, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5991 E Spring Street; Suite 327
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Ehsan Sadri works as an ophthalmologist in Newport Beach, CA, Torrance, CA, and Long Beach, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Sadri average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sadri include glaucoma, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Sadri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), Atlantis Eyecare, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Sadri is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy, Cataracts, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Carl Hartman practices ophthalmology (eye disease). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hartman's clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glasses, and cataract surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hartman accepts. Dr. Hartman obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

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

All Interests: Glasses, Eye Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Corneal Surgery, Cataracts, Surgical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Carlos Martinez is a Long Beach, CA physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Martinez speaks Spanish. He has a special interest in diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Martinez attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received the following distinction: 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 is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Clay speaks Spanish. Dr. Clay's clinical interests include uveitis, hylaform, and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). Dr. Clay is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Before completing Dr. Clay's residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute, Dr. Clay attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Clay accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Clay's practice is open to new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Donald Serafano is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Serafano's clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glasses, and cataract surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Serafano is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Dr. Serafano (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian.

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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)

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

Dr. Theodore Pasquali, who practices in Lakewood, CA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cole Eye Institute for residency. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Pasquali accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Pasquali speaks Spanish.

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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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