We found 28 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield near Astoria, NY.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1115 5th Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. B.David Gorman practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in New York, NY. After completing medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Gorman performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and laser surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Gorman average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gorman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Albanian. Dr. Gorman is affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE).

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Cataracts, Laser Surgery, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular ... (Read more)

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Dr. Howard Strong Kornstein, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
20 E 46th Street; Room 501
New York, NY
 

Dr. Howard Kornstein is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Kornstein's areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is in-network for Child Health Plus, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at Mount Auburn Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Kornstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Westchester Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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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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Dr. Christopher Edward Starr, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1305 York Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Christopher Starr's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: uveitis, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Starr accepts Amerigroup, Coresource, and United Healthcare Compass, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, he performed his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include New York Super Doctors; Premier Surgeon Magazine PS250 Award; and Best Doctors in America. In addition to English, Dr. Starr (or staff) speaks Spanish, Russian, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

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Dr. Laurence Todd Dodick Sperber, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
166 E 63rd Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Laurence Sperber is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. His areas of expertise consist of cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, external eye diseases, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sperber honors Coresource, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Sperber is affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Eye Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Cornea Problems, External Eye ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
161 Madison Avenue; Suite 5 Se
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joshua Young is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Young (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Young's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE), and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Young attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Anthem. Dr. Young has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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Dr. Mark George Speaker, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
115 E 57th Street; 16th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Mark Speaker's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Speaker speaks Spanish. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is professionally affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). Dr. Speaker attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for his residency. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Speaker honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Healthfirst, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
305 E 40th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Albert Rudick specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, Dr. Rudick focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). He is professionally affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). Dr. Rudick takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Rudick's training includes a residency program at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
30 E 65th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Brian Herschorn specializes in ophthalmic plastic surgery and practices in New York, NY and Brooklyn, NY. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has indicated that his clinical interests include blepharoplasty, glaucoma, and LASIK. Dr. Herschorn is professionally affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He is in-network for MagnaCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Herschorn is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Scheie Eye Institute's residency program. Dr. Herschorn (or staff) speaks Spanish, Greek, and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Botulinum Toxin Injection, Glaucoma Surgery, Glaucoma, Blepharoplasty, LASIK

Dr. Eric Robert Mandel, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
211 East 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Eric Mandel is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in New York, NY and White Plains, NY. Dr. Mandel (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). Dr. Mandel graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Elderplan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mandel has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
30-02 30th Drive
Astoria, NY
 

Dr. Robert Ditkoff practices ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Ditkoff performed his residency at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ditkoff include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Patient ratings for Dr. Ditkoff average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ditkoff takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Ditkoff (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Greek, and Polish. His professional affiliations include The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). He has an open panel.

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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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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
2590 Frisby Avenue
Bronx, NY
 

Dr. Anthony Pisacano's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Pisacano (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and eye problems. Dr. Pisacano is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center - Wakefield Division Hospital. Dr. Pisacano obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. He accepts Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

Dr. Richard David Najac, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
125-10 Queens Boulevard; Suite 305
Kew Gardens, NY
 

Dr. Richard Najac is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Flushing, NY and Kew Gardens, NY. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Najac's clinical interests: glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and LASIK. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed his residency training at Danbury Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Najac is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
154 E Ast 71st Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Richard Gibralter works as an ophthalmologist. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gibralter is professionally affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. Patient ratings for Dr. Gibralter average 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gibralter takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems

Dr. Thomas T M Chang, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
70 E 10th Street; Suite 1f
New York, NY
 

Dr. Thomas Chang practices ophthalmology (eye disease). His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chang include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Chang is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Chang attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Chang (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey David Nightingale, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
211 Central Park W; Suite 1e
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Nightingale's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Nightingale is conversant in Spanish. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Dr. Nightingale has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Kira Manusis, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
310 E 14th Street; Suite 319s
New York, NY
 

Dr. Kira Manusis' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Manusis's areas of clinical interest consist of LASIK, astigmatism, and cataract surgery. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Secure Horizons, and more. She attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Her distinctions include: New York Super Doctors and New York Rising Stars. Dr. Manusis (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. She welcomes new patients.

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

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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.