We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Plymouth, MA.

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Dr. Nicoletta A Fynn Thompson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Nicoletta Fynn-Thompson's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and intraocular lens (IOL) repositioning. Dr. Fynn-Thompson honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Fynn-Thompson is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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Dr. Richard William Strecker, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
225 Water Street; Suite 132
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Richard Strecker is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Strecker's clinical interests: juvederm, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Strecker attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Fellow, American Board Of Ophthalmology. Dr. Strecker is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and South Shore Hospital. Dr. Strecker's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

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Dr. Bonnie An Henderson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Bonnie Henderson's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Henderson's practice, she is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Henderson accepts. She is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Henderson attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School. Her distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Thomsen-Montgomery Scholar.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Oats has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. The average patient rating for Dr. Oats is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of *additional Board Certification In Emergency Medicine*. Dr. Oats is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Daniel Hu specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Boston, MA and Plymouth, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hu include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Tufts Health Plan, and more. 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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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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