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 works as an ophthalmologist in Kissimmee, FL and The Villages, FL. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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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
721 Oak Commons Boulevard; Suite D
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Saira Choudhri specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Choudhri is rated highly by her patients. Her clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and anterior segment diseases. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Choudhri is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and Aga Khan University Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Yale University.

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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 sees patients in Saint Cloud, FL, Kissimmee, FL, and Orlando, FL. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. Dr. Nguyen is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Nguyen attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency 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 Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2225 N Central Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ross Parks practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Parks attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Parks's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Parks is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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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.