We found 6 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. David Hayes Leach, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3000 W Dr Mlk Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Leach is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Leach speaks Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in LASIK, cornea transplant (keratoplasty), and cataracts. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Leach completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Leach average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts 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), LASIK

All Interests: Laser Surgery, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Cornea Transplant, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens ... (Read more)

Dr. Lewis Richard Groden, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2202 N West Shore Boulevard; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lewis Groden, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include LASIK, external eye diseases, and cataracts. Dr. Groden accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Groden has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Eye Problems, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cataracts

Dr. Ronald Lewis Seeley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3000 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Seeley's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Seeley include radial keratotomy, contact lenses, and retina surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Seeley speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , radial keratotomy

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Anterior Segment Diseases, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Cornea ... (Read more)

Dr. Giacomo S Guggino, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Surgery, Ophthalmology
3109 W Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Giacomo Guggino specializes in surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Guggino's areas of expertise include strabismus and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Guggino is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at George Washington University Medical Center. He speaks Italian. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

Dr. Bernard Ramon Perez, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4506 Wishart Place
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bernard Perez is an ophthalmologist in Tampa, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Perez include macular degeneration, LASIK, and radial keratotomy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Perez attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider 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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Relevant Interests: , radial keratotomy, LASIK

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, LASIK, Cornea ... (Read more)

Dr. John Chi-Ching Chan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
2727 Dr Martin Luther King Boulevard; Suite 320
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Chan practices orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chan's clinical interests include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and ganglion cyst. 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 is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In addition to English, Dr. Chan speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , radial keratotomy

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Bone ... (Read more)

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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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