We found 11 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Unicare near Boston, MA.

Dr. Kenneth Ralph Kenyon, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
800 Washington Street; #450
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Kenneth Kenyon is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Kenyon (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Portuguese. Dr. Kenyon's areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is professionally affiliated with Winchester Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kenyon's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kenyon include: The Best Doctors In America, 2nd Editon; The Best Doctors In America; and Associate Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kenyon has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Samir A Melki, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1101 Beacon Street; Suite 6w
Brookline, MA
 

Dr. Samir Melki specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Brookline, MA and Lawrence, MA. In addition to English, Dr. Melki (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. His areas of expertise include the following: LASIK, external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Melki is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Dr. Melki is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a graduate of Georgetown University Medical Center's residency program. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan. He has received distinctions including Worthen Center Award; For Excellence In Eyecare; and Runner-up, ASCRS video festival, Refractive Complications, San Diego CA. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Botox Injection, Refractive Surgery, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Cornea ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
44 Washington Street
Brookline, MA
 

Dr. Ernest Kornmehl is an ophthalmologist in Brookline, MA and Wellesley Hills, MA. In addition to English, he speaks Yiddish. His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Kornmehl is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Massachusetts General Hospital. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Kornmehl attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. He accepts Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kornmehl include: Boston Super Doctors; Appointee To Mass Commission For The Blind By Examiner, American Board Of Ophthalmology; and Director, Novatec Laser Program, Massachusetts Eye. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Peter Augustus Rapoza, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
50 Staniford Street; Suite 600
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Peter Rapoza, who practices in Boston, MA, Danvers, MA, and Waltham, MA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), dry eyes, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). Dr. Rapoza honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Outstanding Faculty Contribution To Residency Education; Honor Award, American Academy Of Ophthalmology; and Joseph A Capps Award. Dr. Rapoza's hospital/clinic affiliations include Beverly Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Dry Eyes, Cornea Transplant, Cataracts

Dr. Nicoletta A Fynn Thompson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
50 Staniford Street; Suite 600
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Nicoletta Fynn-Thompson's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and intraocular lens (IOL) repositioning. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Before completing her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Fynn-Thompson attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Intraocular Lens Repositioning, Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bonnie An Henderson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
50 Staniford Street; Suite 600
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Bonnie Henderson's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Henderson is 4.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Henderson focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Her professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Henderson is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is open to new patients. She attended Dartmouth Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Thomsen-Montgomery Scholar.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Specializes in Ophthalmology
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Hajirah Saeed specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). In her practice, Dr. Saeed focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and artificial cornea transplant (keratoprosthesis surgery). She is an in-network provider for Cigna, Aetna, Medicaid, and more. Dr. Saeed obtained her medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Saeed is conversant in Hindi-Urdu. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Refractive Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Artificial Cornea Transplant, Cornea Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
281 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA
 

Dr. Olivia Liao specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). She attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Tufts Medical Center for residency. In Dr. Liao's practice, she is particularly interested in cataracts. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Liao accepts several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Mount Auburn Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Laser Surgery, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1155 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA
 

Dr. George Frangieh is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. In Dr. Frangieh's practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He has received the following distinction: Resident Teaching Award at University of Southern California Department of Opthalmology. In addition to English, Dr. Frangieh (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is affiliated with Norwood Hospital. Dr. Frangieh welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
50 Staniford Street; #600
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Daniel Hu's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Hu honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
183 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Stephen Poor specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Poor completed a residency program at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Poor is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Poor is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with Lowell General Hospital. Dr. Poor welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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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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