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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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Dinowitz include conjunctivitis (pink eye), refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He honors 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. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Dinowitz is professionally affiliated with Syosset Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in East Setauket, NY and Port Jefferson, NY. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wittpenn's areas of expertise include conjunctivitis (pink eye), uveitis, and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Fidelis are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wittpenn accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Wittpenn attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Wittpenn is professionally 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' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: amblyopia (lazy eye), diplopia (double vision), and strabismus. Dr. Reynolds accepts Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at North Shore University Hospital. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Reynolds's professional affiliations include 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' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Oats has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Fidelis, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Oats is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Nassau University Medical Center. He is professionally 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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Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
Stony Brook Technology Park; 33 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Sarah Weissbart is a cornea specialist. Dr. Weissbart (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and eye problems. She is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a graduate of Lenox Hill Hospital's residency program. She accepts HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.