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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Newport Beach, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Anaheim, CA. Dr. Sadri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Sadri include glaucoma, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), Atlantis Eyecare, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Sadri performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sadri's practice 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

Dr. Donald Natale 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 obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Serafano include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glasses, and cataract surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Serafano takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Serafano (or staff) speaks 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. Carl Hartman's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hartman include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glasses, and cataract surgery. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Hartman performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hartman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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

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

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

Dr. Carlos Martinez specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Martinez's clinical interests include diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before completing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Dr. Martinez attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Martinez is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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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 an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Lakewood, CA and Los Alamitos, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Clay include uveitis, hylaform, and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). Dr. Clay is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Clay takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Clay's office for an appointment. 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.

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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)

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

Dr. Theodore Pasquali is an ophthalmologist in Lakewood, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Pasquali include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Pasquali is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cole Eye Institute for residency. He 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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