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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 practices ophthalmology (eye disease). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College. His training includes a residency program 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 practices ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Manning is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Manning focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Manning takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Palmetto Health Richland for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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. Dr. Weinstock is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Weinstock include eye muscle surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Weinstock has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems, Eyelid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stephen Updegraff, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He graduated from Penn State College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Updegraff trained at Ochsner Medical Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. His areas of expertise include macular degeneration, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and contact lenses. Dr. Updegraff accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He 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)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
6950 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Hall's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Hall attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee for residency. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hall accepts.

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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.