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We found 8 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept BlueOptions Essential 1419 near Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

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

Dr. Terrence Obrien is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Obrien include external eye diseases and cornea problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Obrien completed his residency training at Wilmer Eye Institute and Beaumont Hospitals. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

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

Dr. Ellen Koo specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Koo include external eye diseases and cornea problems. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Koo trained at a hospital affiliated with Brown University.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

Dr. David Goldman specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Goldman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Goldman trained at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Cabrini Medical Center. Dr. Goldman 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. Guillermo Amescua, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7101 Fairway Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Guillermo Amescua's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Amescua accepts. He completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

Dr. Victoria S Chang, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7101 Fairway Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Victoria Chang sees patients in Naples, FL, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Miami, FL. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Chang attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Awards and/or distinctions she has received include ARVO 2015 National Eye Institute Travel Grant Recipient; American Uveitis Society 19th Annual Winter Symposium Travel Grant Recipient; and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Resident Excellence. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

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

Dr. Alan Kohn's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kohn include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and glaucoma. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kohn accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kohn include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He is 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 an ophthalmologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Mitchell average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mitchell include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College.

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

Dr. Richard Margolies' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Margolies is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Margolies focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Margolies's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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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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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.