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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Gonzalez has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Gonzalez's residency was performed at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is accepting 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. Patient ratings for Dr. Kotecha average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kotecha attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine for residency. 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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stoleru include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Stoleru accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Valle and residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Stoleru (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. His professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He 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 is a pediatric ophthalmologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: glaucoma, laser eye surgery, and radial keratotomy. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Friedman takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His medical residency was performed at Washington Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Friedman is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Friedman welcomes 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.