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

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

Dr. Lawrence Tychsen is a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Tychsen attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in eye movement disorders and cataracts. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Tychsen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. 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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Tsai attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Tsai's areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She speaks Chinese. Dr. Tsai is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Luke's Hospital.

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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 works as a pediatric ophthalmologist in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Culican is especially interested in glaucoma and cataracts. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. Andrew Huang is a plastic surgeon, cornea specialist, and ocular oncology specialist. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Huang is affiliated with Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Huang honors. He attended National Taiwan University School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Huang 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.