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

Dr. Michael Manning's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Manning is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Manning include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with Carillon Surgery Center, Physicians Surgery Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at Palmetto Health Richland. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Manning takes 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. Jennifer Sara Landy, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1601 38th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Landy's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Landy include LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Landy honors 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: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy

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

Dr. Robert Weinstock is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In Dr. Weinstock's practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Largo Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weinstock's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). He speaks Spanish.

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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 sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Updegraff include macular degeneration, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Edward White Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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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). Clinical interests for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. He is affiliated with Bardmoor Surgery Center. Dr. Sibley is a graduate of Meharry Medical College. Dr. Sibley trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for his residency. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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 a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Weinstock is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise consist of eye muscle surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. 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, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
6950 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Hall is an ophthalmologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patients gave Dr. Hall an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hall graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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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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