We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Harvard Pilgrim Health Care 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). 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. Richard William Strecker, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
225 Water Street; Suite 132
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Richard Strecker's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: juvederm, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He is professionally affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and South Shore Hospital. Dr. Strecker attended Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Strecker is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Fellow, American Board Of Ophthalmology. He 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. Bonnie An Henderson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, 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
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats works as an ophthalmologist in Sandwich, MA, West Yarmouth, MA, and Plymouth, MA. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Oats is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Oats is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan. He welcomes new patients. 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. He has received the following distinction: *additional Board Certification In Emergency Medicine*.

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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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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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