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

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

Dr. John Wittpenn is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Wittpenn's areas of expertise include conjunctivitis (pink eye), uveitis, and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). He is professionally affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) and Stony Brook University Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Wittpenn attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors 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)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
329 E Main Street
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Marc Dinowitz practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Smithtown, NY, Riverhead, NY, and Ridge, NY. He is especially interested in conjunctivitis (pink eye), refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Dinowitz attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete 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 is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with 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, Surgical Procedures, ... (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' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: amblyopia (lazy eye), diplopia (double vision), and strabismus. Dr. Reynolds's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northport VA Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. Before completing her residency at North Shore University Hospital, Dr. Reynolds attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Sarah Elise Weissbart, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
Stony Brook Technology Park; 33 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Sarah Brown's specialty is corneal and external diseases. Her areas of expertise include the following: conjunctivitis (pink eye), refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and keratoconus. She accepts several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. Dr. Brown studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Brown trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.

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

All Interests: Dry Eyes, Conjunctivitis, Edema, Cornea Transplant, Cataracts, Herpes, Anterior Segment Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jack Oats practices ophthalmology (eye disease). After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Nassau University Medical Center. His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Oats has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors 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.
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