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

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

Dr. John Bokosky practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bokosky include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Bokosky attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Michigan Medical School. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bokosky's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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 practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Castillejos-Rios (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. His areas of expertise include macular degeneration, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal, Dr. Castillejos-Rios attended medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Castillejos-Rios's practice 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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataract surgery. Dr. Huynh's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Huynh obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He speaks Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Huynh is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Grace Buenaventura's specialty is optometry (primary eye care). Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include contact lenses. Dr. Buenaventura is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Buenaventura is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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.