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We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Coventry Silver HMO near Lebanon, PA.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1625 Fieldcrest Road
Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. George Fava is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Fava is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Fava is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Fava trained at Wills Eye Institute. He is affiliated with WellSpan Health. Dr. Fava is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

Dr. David Liang, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1700 South Lincoln Avenue
Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. David Liang is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Liang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Lebanon VA Medical Center and Scott & White Healthcare. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before performing his residency at Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Liang attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cornea Transplant, Ulcers, Refractive Surgery, Infections, Injuries, Cornea ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1700 South Lincoln Avenue
Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. David Ludwick specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Ludwick's clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Ludwick is professionally affiliated with Lebanon VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1700 South Lincoln Avenue
Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. Brett Ernst practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Harrisburg, PA and Lebanon, PA. In his practice, Dr. Ernst focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Ernst has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Before performing his residency at Cole Eye Institute and St. John's Hospital, Dr. Ernst attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Lebanon VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, 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.