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We found 8 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Tampa, FL.

Dr. Bradley Dean Fouraker, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4905 W. Bay Way Place
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bradley Fouraker's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Fouraker's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Ochsner Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Fouraker is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. David Leach's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Leach's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, LASIK, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). 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. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Leach speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Ronald Seeley is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, radial keratotomy, and anterior segment diseases. Dr. Seeley 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. Seeley graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In addition to English, he 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 is a specialist in surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Guggino has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and eye problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Guggino studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He trained at George Washington University Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. His professional affiliations include 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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2202 N West Shore Boulevard; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lewis Groden is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Tampa, FL. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Areas of expertise for Dr. Groden include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
7522 N Himes Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Prado's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In Dr. Prado's practice, he is particularly interested in macular degeneration, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine 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), LASIK

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bernard Perez is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, LASIK, and radial keratotomy. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Perez graduated from Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Perez speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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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 works as an orthopedic trauma specialist, orthopedic reconstructive surgeon, and sports medicine specialist in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Chan's clinical interests include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and hip problems. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Chan 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.