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We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Family Health Plus near East Setauket, NY.

Dr. Marc Dinowitz, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
329 E Main Street
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Marc Dinowitz's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in conjunctivitis (pink eye), refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst. Before performing his residency at Winthrop University Hospital, a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Dinowitz attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Dinowitz speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Syosset Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
4 Technology Drive; Suite 150
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. John Wittpenn's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Wittpenn trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wittpenn include conjunctivitis (pink eye), uveitis, and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Fidelis are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wittpenn honors. Dr. Wittpenn is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Wittpenn is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, External Eye Diseases, Excisional Biopsy, Conjunctivitis, Cataracts, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dorothy Joanne Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Stony Brook Technology Park; 33 Research Way, Suite 13
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Dorothy Reynolds' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Reynolds include amblyopia (lazy eye), diplopia (double vision), and strabismus. Dr. Reynolds accepts several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. Before performing her residency at North Shore University Hospital, Dr. Reynolds attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Northport VA Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Intracranial Hypertension, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Cataracts, Ptosis, Amblyopia, Strabismus, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
4 Technology Drive; Suite 150
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Jack Oats' medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Oats's clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY). He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and a graduate of Nassau University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Oats is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, Fidelis, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
Stony Brook Technology Park; 33 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Sarah Weissbart, who practices in East Setauket, NY, is a medical specialist in corneal and external diseases. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weissbart include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and eye problems. She accepts HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for residency. Dr. Weissbart (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

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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.