We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Humana HMO Premier near Sarasota, FL.

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Dr. David William Shoemaker, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2601 Tamiami Tr., S.
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. David Shoemaker is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Shoemaker is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Shoemaker has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. William Joseph Lahners, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2601 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. William Lahners, who practices in Venice, FL and Sarasota, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Lahners include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Patients gave Dr. Lahners an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. William Louis Soscia, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5409 University Parkway
University Park, FL
 

Dr. William Soscia practices ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Soscia is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Soscia accepts. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Cathleen Mae McCabe, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2111 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Cathleen McCabe's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among Dr. McCabe's clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Specializes in Ophthalmology
3920 Bee Ridge Road; Building F Suite A
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Harry Grabow sees patients in Sarasota, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing his residency at Cole Eye Institute, Dr. Grabow attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

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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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