We found 6 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Michael Henry Manning Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1515 9th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Manning's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Manning obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at Palmetto Health Richland. His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Manning takes. 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: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. Robert Jay Weinstock, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6133 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Weinstock specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Weinstock completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). These areas are among his clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

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

Dr. Stephen Updegraff's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include macular degeneration, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Edward White Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Before performing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Dr. Updegraff attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Updegraff 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.

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

All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Sibley sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among Dr. Sibley's clinical interests: diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System. He graduated from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Sibley completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

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

Dr. Stephen Weinstock is an ophthalmologist. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Weinstock's areas of expertise consist of eye muscle surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Weinstock graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Weinstock trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Eye Muscle Surgery, YAG Laser Surgery, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
6950 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Hall works as an ophthalmologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Hall's areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hall honors 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: 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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