We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Arlington, TX.

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Dr. Ronald Martin Barke, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
910 N Davis Drive; Suite 100
Arlington, TX
 

Dr. Ronald Barke is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Barke has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is affiliated with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Barke's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Specializes in Ophthalmology
101 W Randol Mill Road; Suite 120
Arlington, TX
 

Dr. Huy Tran practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Arlington, TX. Dr. Tran attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tran is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tran welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Douglas Todd Ford, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
801 W Randol Mill Road; Suite 201
Arlington, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Ford practices ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ford accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Ford attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. He is affiliated with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
707 N Fielder Road; Ste B-1
Arlington, TX
 

Dr. Patricia Ple-Plakon is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ple-Plakon include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Ple-Plakon is affiliated with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ple-Plakon's office for an appointment. Before completing her residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Dr. Ple-Plakon attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
350 E Interstate 20
Arlington, TX
 

Dr. David Kleiman sees patients in Arlington, TX. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Kleiman has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kleiman accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, 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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