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

Dr. Amy Kotecha is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Kotecha is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include dysport injection, juvederm, and LASIK. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Kotecha (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Botox Injection, Dysport Injection, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
110 Irving Street
Washington, DC

Dr. Mark Gonzalez specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Gonzalez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Gonzalez is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Specializes in Ophthalmology
3553 16th Street Nw
Washington, DC

Dr. Samuel Stoleru is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and laser surgery. Dr. Stoleru takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. Dr. Stoleru is a graduate of the University of Valle and a graduate of George Washington University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Stoleru (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is affiliated with MedStar Health and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
4201 Connecticut Avenue, Nw; Suite 211
Washington, DC

Dr. Leonard Friedman's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Friedman include glaucoma, laser eye surgery, and radial keratotomy. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with MedStar Health. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Washington Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Patient ratings for Dr. Friedman average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. 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.
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