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

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

Dr. William Lahners is an ophthalmologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lahners has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Lahners 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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Soscia's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Soscia has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. He has received the following distinction: 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 is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. McCabe's education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. In her practice, she is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She 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.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

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

Dr. David Shoemaker is an ophthalmologist in Sarasota, FL and Venice, FL. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Shoemaker include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Patients gave Dr. Shoemaker an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors 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. Dr. Shoemaker is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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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's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Grabow is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Cole Eye Institute's residency program. He is an in-network provider for 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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