We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Beech Street near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Linda M Tsai, MD, BA
Specializes in Ophthalmology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Linda Tsai works as an ophthalmologist in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Her areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Dr. Tsai's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tsai accepts. She attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Tsai speaks Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, refractive cataract surgery

All Interests: Retinopathy, Implant Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan M Culican, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Susan Culican specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and practices in Saint Louis, MO. These areas are among her clinical interests: strabismus, glaucoma, and cataracts. Her professional affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Culican is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Culican attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Nystagmus, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

Dr. Lawrence Tychsen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1 Children's Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Lawrence Tychsen's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Tychsen is rated highly by his patients. He is especially interested in eye movement disorders and cataracts. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Tychsen attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Nystagmus, Eye Movement Disorders, Cataracts, Cerebral Palsy, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Refractive ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Hee-Ju Huang, MPH, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Corneal and External Diseases, Ocular Oncology
660 S Euclid Avenue; Cb#8096, Dovs
St Louis, MO
 

Dr. Andrew Huang is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery, corneal and external diseases, and ocular oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Huang include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is professionally affiliated with Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending National Taiwan University School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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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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