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We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Choice Bronze PPO 006 near Washington, DC.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
110 Irving Street
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Mark Gonzalez specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Gonzalez include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Gonzalez studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gonzalez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gonzalez's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Refractive Surgery, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

Dr. Amy V Kotecha, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3801 Fairfax Drive; Suite 74
Arlington, VA
 

Dr. Amy Kotecha is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Arlington, VA. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kotecha accepts. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Kotecha performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Kotecha (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Plastic Surgery Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
3553 16th Street Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Samuel Stoleru's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Stoleru (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Dr. Stoleru has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Stoleru attended the University of Valle for medical school. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Stoleru is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stoleru has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Laser Surgery, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive ... (Read more)

Dr. Leonard M Friedman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
4201 Conn Avenue Nw; Suite 211
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Leonard Friedman's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. His clinical interests include glaucoma, laser eye surgery, and radial keratotomy. He is affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Friedman is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Friedman's residency was performed at Washington Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), radial keratotomy

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

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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.