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We found 3 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Plymouth, MA.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats works as an ophthalmologist in Sandwich, MA, West Yarmouth, MA, and Plymouth, MA. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Oats's areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Dr. Oats attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received professional recognition including the following: *additional Board Certification In Emergency and Medicine*. Dr. Oats is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Nicoletta Fynn-Thompson, who practices in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Plymouth, MA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She has indicated that her clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and external eye diseases. Dr. Fynn-Thompson is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Before performing her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Fynn-Thompson attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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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)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Bonnie Henderson's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Henderson include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Henderson honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and then she performed her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and Thomsen-Montgomery Scholar. Dr. Henderson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, 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.