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

Dr. Richard Strecker practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Cohasset, MA and Plymouth, MA. Dr. Strecker's areas of expertise include juvederm, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as 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 professional recognition including the following: Fellow, American Board Of Ophthalmology. He is affiliated with South Shore Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Oats's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Oats is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Oats completed his residency training at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received distinctions including *additional Board Certification In Emergency and Medicine*.

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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. Nicoletta Fynn-Thompson specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Plymouth, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Fynn-Thompson include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and intraocular lens (IOL) repositioning. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Fynn-Thompson attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. 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)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Bonnie Henderson practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Henderson has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Henderson is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Dartmouth Medical School, she performed her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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

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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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