We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Aetna HMO near Elk Grove Village, IL.

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Dr. Lisa Gay Wohl, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
303 E Army Trail Road; Suite 200
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Lisa Wohl is an ophthalmologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: glasses, LASIK, and cataract surgery. Dr. Wohl's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has received professional recognition including the following: US News Top Doctor. Dr. Wohl is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Eye Exam, Laser Treatment, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Low Vision, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberlee Marie Curnyn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
810 Biesterfield; Ste G-03
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Kimberlee Curnyn's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Curnyn's areas of expertise include amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus surgery, and strabismus. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then she performed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Curnyn has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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Dr. Naveed Zafar Ansari, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 710, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Naveed Ansari is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. His areas of expertise consist of glasses, LASIK, and cataract surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Delphi, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ansari studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. In addition to English, Dr. Ansari (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Eye Exam, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Cornea Problems, Glasses, Comprehensive ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark John Piotrowski, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 710
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Mark Piotrowski's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Piotrowski (or staff) speaks Spanish and Polish. Dr. Piotrowski has a special interest in eyelid surgery, LASIK, and cataract surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Beaumont Hospitals for residency. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Piotrowski accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, LASIK, Eyelid Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, 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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