We found 18 providers with an interest in eye problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential near Plantation, FL.

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Dr. Elizabeth R Richter, PhD, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Vitreoretinal Diseases
1370 E. Venice Avenue; Suite 201
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Richter is a medical specialist in surgery and vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Richter graduated from Medical College of Georgia. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Richter is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. John P Fezza, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. John Fezza, who practices in Venice, FL and Sarasota, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, birthmark removal, and dermabrasion. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, Dr. Fezza completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Fezza average 3.5 stars out of 5. He 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. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Dr. Keye L Wong, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1370 Venice Avenue, E.; Suite 201
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Keye Wong is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Wong studied medicine at Rush Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Wong completed a residency program at Duke University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Mark Anthony Johnson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
811 Ridgewood Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Mark Johnson's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Johnson include comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Johnson attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Dr. Michael Brandon Parrott, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Michael Parrott works as a retina specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Parrott 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 Baylor College of Medicine and residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

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All Interests: Vitreous Problems

Dr. Scott Patrick Durrett, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1219 Jacaranda Boulevard
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Scott Durrett practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Durrett's practice, he is particularly interested in comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Durrett takes. Dr. Durrett's education and training includes medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine and residency at Shands HealthCare.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Dr. Jody Gottlieb Abrams, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1101 Tamiami Tr., S.
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Jody Abrams sees patients in Venice, FL and Sarasota, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health, Memorial Hospital of Tampa, and Fawcett Memorial Hospital. Before completing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport, Dr. Abrams attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. John H Niffenegger, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1370 E. Venice Avenue; Suite 201
Venice, FL
 

Dr. John Niffenegger's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Niffenegger honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Niffenegger attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. William Mestrezat's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Mestrezat is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. William Joseph Lahners, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. William Lahners is an ophthalmologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lahners has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Lahners has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. Joshua W Kim, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Joshua Kim is an ophthalmologist. After completing medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Kim's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and cataracts. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Kim speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma, cataracts

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Edward C Fetherolf, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1435 E. Venice Avenue; Suite 110
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Edward Fetherolf's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Fetherolf completed his residency training at St. Francis Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Dr. Patricia Dee G Stephenson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
200 Palermo Place
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Patricia Stephenson's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Stephenson's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina.

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Relevant Interests: , external eye diseases, cataracts, cornea problems

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataracts, Cornea Problems

Dr. David William Shoemaker, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. David Shoemaker is an ophthalmologist in Sarasota, FL and Venice, FL. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Shoemaker include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Patients gave Dr. Shoemaker an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Shoemaker is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. Trenity Shane McKinney, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1299 Jacaranda Boulevard
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Trenity McKinney sees patients in Venice, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. McKinney accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Before performing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. McKinney attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Specializes in Ophthalmology
11454 Conch Court
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Richard Paolillo is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Venice, FL. Dr. Paolillo attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at National Naval Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

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What are Eye Problems?

Almost every moment that we are awake, we rely on our eyes to navigate and interact with the world around us. But we rarely give our eyes much thought. The truth is, the eyes are amazing, complex and delicate organs. Millions of people every year have problems with their eyes. Some of the most common eye problems are refractive disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Refractive disorders happen when the shape of your eye doesn’t let you focus very precisely. You might be myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), or have an astigmatism, which is a focus problem caused by the cornea. Refractive disorders can be corrected by glasses or contacts.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It happens when fluid pressure builds up within the eye and damages the optic nerve. It is treated with medications and surgery.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. The retina is tissue at the back of the eye that is filled with numerous, tiny blood vessels. When diabetes damages these delicate blood vessels, they burst or leak, leading to blind spots and blurred vision. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy and surgery, but often vision cannot be restored.

Macular degeneration is common in older adults. The macula is the central part of the retina and is responsible for crisp center vision. Over time, the cells in the macula begin to die, making central vision blurry. An early symptom of macular degeneration is that straight lines appear wavy.

Cataracts happen when the clear lens in the front of the eye becomes cloudy, making things look blurry or faded. They are extremely common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract. In early stages, prescription glasses and magnifying lenses can help. As the cataracts get worse, surgery to replace the lens may be the best option.

More than just one of the five senses, we rely heavily on our eyes to communicate, work, and get around every day. It’s important to have regular eye exams to make sure your vision stays in good shape for years to come.
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