We found 7 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

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Dr. Terrence Patrick OBrien, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7101 Fairway Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Terrence Obrien practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Obrien include external eye diseases and cornea problems. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at Wilmer Eye Institute and Beaumont Hospitals for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Obrien is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Palm Beach Gardens.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cornea Transplant, Vision Problems, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens ... (Read more)

Dr. David A Goldman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3401 Pga Boulevard; Suite 440
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. David Goldman's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Goldman's areas of expertise include LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and external eye diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Jupiter Medical Center and St. Mary's Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Goldman completed residency programs at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Cabrini Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Refractive Surgery, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hoi-Young Ellen Koo, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology
7101 Fairway Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Ellen Koo's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). After attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Koo is affiliated with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Palm Beach Gardens.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataracts, Vision Problems, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2505 Metrocentre Boulevard; Suite 300
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Alan Kohn is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Kohn is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Kohn's clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and glaucoma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He trained at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine for residency. Dr. Kohn's distinctions include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Outpatient Services.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Alan Lewis Mitchell, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
22023 St Road #7; Suite 102
Boca Raton, FL
 

Dr. Alan Mitchell is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of LASIK and cataracts. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. On average, patients gave Dr. Mitchell a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mitchell accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK

Dr. Guillermo Amescua, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7101 Fairway Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Guillermo Amescua specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Amescua is affiliated with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Palm Beach Gardens. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Vision Problems, Artificial Cornea Transplant, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
3355 Burns Road; Suite 205
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Richard Margolies' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Margolies has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Margolies attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, 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.
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