We found 4 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 sees patients in Jackson, MI, Battle Creek, MI, and Portage, MI. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). Dr. Ernest is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC). He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ernest completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1116 W Ganson Street
Jackson, MI
 

Dr. Sujata Purohit is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Purohit include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Purohit accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then she performed her 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 is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Rhem attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Rhem's clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care.

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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 Street
Jackson, MI
 

Dr. Kevin Lavery is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Lavery average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, 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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