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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. James Nachbar's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Nachbar honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Nachbar completed his residency training at Wills Eye Institute. He has received the distinction of 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)

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

Dr. Michael Colucciello is a retina specialist in Moorestown, NJ, Columbus, NJ, and Medford, NJ. His clinical interests include macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. Dr. Colucciello takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Colucciello completed residency programs at Nassau University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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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)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Philip Horowitz's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Horowitz attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Wexler's areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wexler honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital.

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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 sees patients in Moorestown, NJ, Columbus, NJ, and Medford, NJ. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at New York Medical College, Dr. Brown performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her areas of expertise include macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Daniel Putnam is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Putnam is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Putnam include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Casey Eye Institute. Dr. Putnam is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital.

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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)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
Homestead at Mansfield
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Trong Tran's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tran's areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Tran is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital.

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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)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
Homestead at Mansfield
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Sander Cohen's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cohen include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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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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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