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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
5409 University Parkway
University Park, FL
 

Dr. William Soscia's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Soscia's education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Soscia takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2601 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. William Lahners is an ophthalmologist in Venice, FL and Sarasota, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lahners has a special interest in 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. Dr. Lahners studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. 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: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2111 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Cathleen McCabe's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave Dr. McCabe an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCabe takes. Dr. McCabe attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. David Shoemaker's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Shoemaker 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. Dr. Shoemaker graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. Harry Grabow is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Sarasota, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Grabow is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cole Eye Institute.

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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.
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