We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Coventry near San Diego, CA.

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Dr. John Edward Bokosky, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3939 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. John Bokosky is an ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bokosky include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Bokosky takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bokosky is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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Dr. David Castillejos-Rios, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
342 F Street
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. David Castillejos-Rios' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Castillejos-Rios's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal. These areas are among his clinical interests: macular degeneration, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Castillejos-Rios (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Dr. Castillejos-Rios is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Castillejos-Rios is open to new patients.

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Dr. Paul Dong Huynh, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4844 University Avenue; Suite A
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Paul Huynh is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in San Diego, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Huynh is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, glaucoma, and LASIK. Dr. Huynh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Huynh has an open panel. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency. He speaks Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

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Grace Buenaventura
Specializes in Optometry
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Grace Buenaventura is an optometrist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass contact lenses. Dr. Buenaventura is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Buenaventura is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Laser Treatment, Refractive Surgery, Contact Lenses

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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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