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 specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Fouraker has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Before completing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Fouraker attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. 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: 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, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Leach's clinical interests include 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. Dr. Leach is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital's residency program. He 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. Lewis Richard Groden, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2202 N West Shore Boulevard; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lewis Groden is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Tampa, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: LASIK, external eye diseases, 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. Groden honors. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Groden attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Tampa, FL. Dr. Seeley is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, radial keratotomy, and anterior segment diseases. He attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Seeley completed a residency program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Seeley 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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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 practices surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease) in Tampa, FL. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and eye problems. Dr. Guggino accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Guggino attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. 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 works as an ophthalmologist in Tampa, FL. He attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Perez include macular degeneration, LASIK, and radial keratotomy. Dr. Perez is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Perez is conversant in 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)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
7522 N Himes Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Prado practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Tampa, FL. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Prado has indicated that his clinical interests include macular degeneration, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Prado takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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. 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 is a specialist in orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine. He works in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Chan's areas of expertise include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and hip problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Chan is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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.