Finding Providers
loading

We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept BlueOptions near Kissimmee, FL.

Dr. John Thomas Li Vecchi, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
810 N Rose Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. John Livecchi practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Livecchi accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Plastic Surgery Procedures, Refractive Surgery

No Photo
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2225 N Central Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ross Parks is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among Dr. Parks's clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

No Photo
Specializes in Ophthalmology
721 Oak Commons Boulevard; Suite D
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Saira Choudhri's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Choudhri focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and anterior segment diseases. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University, Dr. Choudhri attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine and Aga Khan University Medical College.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Ly Thi Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1523 E. Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ly Nguyen's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Nguyen graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Nguyen trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. She is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Chalazion Excision, Cellulitis, Blepharoptosis Repair, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Cataract ... (Read more)

Conditions / Treatments

Gender

Insurance

Medicare Patient Age

Medicare Patient Conditions

Medicare Patient Ethnicity

Medicare Patient Insurance Eligibility

Additional Information

Distinctions

Foreign Language

Online Communication

Practice Affiliation

Fellowship

Medical School

Residency

Years Since Graduation

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.