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 specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Fynn-Thompson has indicated that her clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and intraocular lens (IOL) repositioning. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She 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)

All Interests: Intraocular Lens Repositioning, Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bonnie Henderson practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Waltham, MA, Plymouth, MA, and Boston, MA. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Henderson include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Dr. Henderson is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Henderson honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Her practice is open to new patients. She studied medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Henderson trained 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

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

Dr. Richard Strecker is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Strecker attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Washington Hospital Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Strecker include juvederm, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Patient ratings for Dr. Strecker average 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Strecker takes. Dr. Strecker has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow, American Board Of Ophthalmology. His professional affiliations include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and South Shore Hospital. He welcomes 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)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Sandwich, MA, West Yarmouth, MA, and Plymouth, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Oats include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Oats accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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 the following distinction: *additional Board Certification In Emergency Medicine*. Dr. Oats is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Oats welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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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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