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Specializes in Ophthalmology
5409 University Parkway
University Park, FL
 

Dr. William Soscia is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients rated Dr. Soscia highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah for residency. Dr. Soscia has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2111 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Cathleen McCabe is an ophthalmologist. Dr. McCabe's areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. She is rated highly by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. For her professional training, Dr. McCabe completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2601 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. William Lahners specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. For his residency, Dr. Lahners trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patient ratings for Dr. Lahners average 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. Lahners has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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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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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2601 Tamiami Tr., S.
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. David Shoemaker works as an ophthalmologist in Sarasota, FL and Venice, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Shoemaker is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shoemaker has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Shoemaker completed his residency training at Ochsner Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Harry Brown Grabow, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3920 Bee Ridge Road; Building F Suite A
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Harry Grabow's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Grabow is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cole Eye Institute. He is an in-network provider for 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: Refractive Surgery, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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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.