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We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Coventry Silver HMO near Lebanon, PA.

Dr. Gautam Mishra, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1700 South Lincoln Avenue
Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. Gautam Mishra is an ophthalmologist. He is especially interested in cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, LASIK, and external eye diseases. Dr. Mishra's hospital/clinic affiliations include Lebanon VA Medical Center and WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Mishra is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1625 Fieldcrest Road
Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. George Fava practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Fava average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Fava honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Wills Eye Institute, Dr. Fava attended Tufts University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with WellSpan Health. He has an open panel.

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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Liang honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Liang completed a residency program at Washington Hospital Center. His professional affiliations include Lebanon VA Medical Center and Scott & White Healthcare.

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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 practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Chambersburg, PA and Lebanon, PA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ludwick include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Ludwick is professionally affiliated with Lebanon VA Medical Center. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Ludwick trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo for residency.

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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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Harrisburg, PA and Lebanon, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Ernst average 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with Lebanon VA Medical Center. Dr. Ernst is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cole Eye Institute and St. John's Hospital.

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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.