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 is an ophthalmologist in East Setauket, NY and Stony Brook, NY. She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reynolds include amblyopia (lazy eye), diplopia (double vision), and strabismus. She is professionally affiliated with Northport VA Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, she performed her residency at North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Reynolds honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more.

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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 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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dinowitz takes. He graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then he performed 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. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Syosset Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Hospital. Dr. Dinowitz is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. John Wittpenn works as an ophthalmologist in East Setauket, NY and Port Jefferson, NY. Patient ratings for Dr. Wittpenn average 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Fidelis. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Dr. Wittpenn is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Sarah Brown works as a cornea specialist in East Setauket, NY. Dr. Brown (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brown include conjunctivitis (pink eye), refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and keratoconus. Dr. Brown studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her training includes a residency program at Lenox Hill Hospital. HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brown honors.

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

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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 obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Oats include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Fidelis are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Oats honors. 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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