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We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum EPO near Hialeah, FL.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
15600 Nw 67th Avenue; 210
Miami Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Trentacoste's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Trentacoste has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with Miami VA Healthcare System. Dr. Trentacoste takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. He has received the following distinctions: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
202e 49th Street
Hialeah, FL
 

Dr. Salomon Esquenazi is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Miami, FL and Hialeah, FL. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Esquenazi takes. His education and training includes medical school at Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Ochsner Medical Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems

Dr. Alberto Joaquin Aran, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2140 West 68 Street; Suite 405
Hialeah, FL
 

Dr. Alberto Aran practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Miami, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Hialeah, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Aran include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and anterior segment diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Aran Eye Associates. Dr. Aran accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Aran speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Anterior Segment Diseases, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Ophthalmology
1840 W 49th Street; Suite 601
Hialeah, FL
 

Dr. Rodrigo Belalcazar is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He studied medicine at Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Belalcazar's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Dr. Belalcazar honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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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.