We found 8 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept AtlantiCare near Columbus, NJ.

Dr. Michael Colucciello, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Colucciello is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. Dr. Colucciello is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Amy R Wexler, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Amy Wexler is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Moorestown, NJ, Columbus, NJ, and Medford, NJ. Clinical interests for Dr. Wexler include macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. Patient ratings for Dr. Wexler average 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Wexler is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Miriam Renee Brown, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Miriam Brown, who practices in Moorestown, NJ, Columbus, NJ, and Medford, NJ, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients rated Dr. Brown highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Brown include macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Brown graduated from New York Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Daniel Putnam practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Moorestown, NJ, Columbus, NJ, and Medford, NJ. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Putnam is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Casey Eye Institute, Dr. Putnam attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. James Nachbar is an ophthalmologist in Moorestown, NJ, Medford, NJ, and Columbus, NJ. His areas of expertise include macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. Dr. Nachbar's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nachbar takes. Dr. Nachbar attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at Wills Eye Institute for residency. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
Homestead at Mansfield
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Sander Cohen specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Moorestown, NJ, Columbus, NJ, and Medford, NJ. Clinical interests for Dr. Cohen include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Wills Eye Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Macular ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
Homestead at Mansfield
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Trong Tran is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. Dr. Tran is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Tran's medical residency was performed at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Philip Horowitz practices ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. Dr. Horowitz attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

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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.