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We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Humana Catastrophic near Bloomington, IL.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1505 Eastland Drive; Suite 2200
Bloomington, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Brownstone sees patients in Bloomington, IL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Brownstone performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. He is affiliated with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Plastic Surgery Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Joseph G Harmon, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1008 N Main Street
Bloomington, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Harman is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Harman performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Harman's professional affiliations include OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1505 Eastland Drive; Suite 2200
Bloomington, IL
 

Dr. Scott Pinter sees patients in Bloomington, IL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Pinter include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Pinter honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Dr. Pinter attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Ara David Aprahamian, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1008 N Main Street
Bloomington, IL
 

Dr. Ara Aprahamian sees patients in Bloomington, IL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Aprahamian attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aprahamian include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Aprahamian honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Aprahamian's hospital/clinic affiliations include OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Vision Problems, Laser Treatment, Surgical ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1228 Towanda Avenue; Suite 1
Bloomington, IL
 

Dr. Saba Quraishi is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She works in Bloomington, IL and Elgin, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: eyelid surgery, glaucoma surgery, and LASIK. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Quraishi honors. Dr. Quraishi's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. She is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Laser ... (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.