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. 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 the following: macular degeneration, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Updegraff takes. Dr. Updegraff studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. He trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans for his residency. Dr. Updegraff is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Edward White Hospital.

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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's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. On average, patients gave Dr. Sibley a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sibley accepts.

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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, who practices in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Weinstock performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. His clinical interests include eye muscle surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Weinstock takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in 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)

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

Dr. Michael Manning is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In Dr. Manning's practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Palmetto Health Richland. Patient reviews placed Dr. Manning at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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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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 sees patients in Largo, FL, Saint Petersburg, FL, and Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Weinstock is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Weinstock attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Specializes in Ophthalmology
6950 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Hall is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Dr. Hall performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes 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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