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We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Mark Anderson Sibley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1515 9th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mark Sibley is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sibley's clinical interests include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sibley attended Meharry Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Diabetes, LASIK, Cornea Problems, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery

Dr. Michael Henry Manning Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6036 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park-st Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Manning is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Manning's areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. The average patient rating for Dr. Manning is 5.0 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 is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and a graduate of Palmetto Health Richland's residency program. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Manning's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Refractive Surgery, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

Dr. Stephen Ambrose Updegraff, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1601 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Updegraff practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and contact lenses. Dr. Updegraff is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Ochsner Medical Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. Dr. Updegraff is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Mark Weinstock, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6133 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Weinstock practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Weinstock's clinical interests include eye muscle surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. 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 Kentucky, Dr. Weinstock attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Weinstock speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Eye Muscle Surgery, YAG Laser Surgery, Laser Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems, Eyelid ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
6950 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Hall is an ophthalmologist. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hall include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is an in-network provider for 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 Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee.

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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.