We found 3 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Aetna Bronze near Phoenixville, PA.

Dr. Solomon Chih-Wei Luo, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
400 Cresson Boulevard; #100
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Solomon Luo specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Luo's areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Luo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). Dr. Luo accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Luo studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Luo's training includes a residency program at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Luo speaks Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. An Thien Vo, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
824 Main Street
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. An Vo is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Philadelphia, PA, Phoenixville, PA, and Springfield, PA. Dr. Vo has a special interest in refractive corneal surgery, dry eyes, and cornea problems. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vo takes. Before completing her residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, Dr. Vo attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She is professionally affiliated with Phoenixville Hospital, Drexel Medicine, and Abington Health. Dr. Vo is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive corneal surgery

All Interests: Dry Eyes, Cataracts, Refractive Corneal Surgery, Eye Problems, Cornea Problems

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Specializes in Surgery, Ophthalmology
286 Griffen Street
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. James Lewis' areas of specialization are surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Lewis performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lewis include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lewis accepts.

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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.