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

Dr. Richard Strecker is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Strecker's clinical interests include juvederm, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Washington Hospital Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow, American Board Of Ophthalmology. Dr. Strecker is professionally affiliated with South Shore Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Botox Injection, Juvederm, Radiesse, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nicoletta Fynn-Thompson practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Fynn-Thompson include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and intraocular lens (IOL) repositioning. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Fynn-Thompson attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fynn-Thompson welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats' medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Oats average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Oats's areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Oats attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. He has received distinctions including *additional Board Certification In Emergency and Medicine*. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Oats is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. Bonnie Henderson practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Henderson's clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Henderson's practice is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Henderson completed a residency program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Henderson include: Boston Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and 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
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Daniel Hu is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Hu's areas of expertise 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 graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hu trained at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Hu is professionally affiliated with Winchester Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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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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