We found 3 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Advantage Gold HMO 101 near Jackson, MI.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1116 W Ganson Street
Jackson, MI
 

Dr. Paul Ernest works as an ophthalmologist in Jackson, MI, Battle Creek, MI, and Portage, MI. Dr. Ernest's areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ernest honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Ernest attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC).

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1116 W Ganson Street
Jackson, MI
 

Dr. Sujata Purohit is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Purohit is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1116 W Ganson
Jackson, MI
 

Dr. Marcus Rhem specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Lansing, MI and Jackson, MI. He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care. Dr. Rhem attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rhem accepts.

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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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