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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 is an ophthalmologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Serafano include hylaform, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Serafano honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Serafano's medical residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. 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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Long Beach, CA, Los Alamitos, CA, and Lakewood, CA. Dr. Hartman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Hartman include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and glasses. He is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Dr. Hartman honors Medicare Supplement (Medigap), Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He 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 following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He speaks Spanish.

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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)

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

Dr. Emma Clay practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Lakewood, CA and Los Alamitos, CA. Dr. Clay is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Clay's clinical interests: uveitis, hylaform, and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). Dr. Clay's professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Dr. Clay attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete Dr. Clay's residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Clay is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Clay 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)

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

Dr. Carlos Martinez is an ophthalmologist in Long Beach, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. Dr. Martinez is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Martinez is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Ochsner Medical Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. Theodore Pasquali is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pasquali is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Pasquali completed a residency program at Cole Eye Institute. Dr. Pasquali is conversant in Spanish. His professional 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.