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

Dr. Dorothy Reynolds specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Her clinical interests include amblyopia (lazy eye), diplopia (double vision), and strabismus. She is in-network for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Reynolds completed her residency training at North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Reynolds speaks 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)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
329 E Main Street
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Marc Dinowitz sees patients in Smithtown, NY, Riverhead, NY, and Ridge, NY. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise consist of conjunctivitis (pink eye), refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 is conversant in 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, who practices in East Setauket, NY and Port Jefferson, NY, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Wittpenn's clinical interests include conjunctivitis (pink eye), uveitis, and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) and Stony Brook University Hospital. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Dr. Wittpenn is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Wittpenn accepts Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, Fidelis, and more.

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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)

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

Dr. Sarah Weissbart is a medical specialist in corneal and external diseases. These areas are among her clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and eye problems. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. Dr. Weissbart studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for her 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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Specializes in Ophthalmology
4 Technology Drive; Suite 150
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Jack Oats practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in East Setauket, NY and Port Jefferson, NY. Before performing his residency at Nassau University Medical Center, Dr. Oats attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Oats's clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Fidelis. He is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY).

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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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.