We found 12 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Humana Basic 6850/HMO Premier near Austin, TX.

Dr. Maria C Shepler, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
12221 Mopac Expressway North
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Maria Shepler is an ophthalmologist in Austin, TX and Cedar Park, TX. In her practice, Dr. Shepler focuses on comprehensive ophthalmology, external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University Medical Center Brackenridge and Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Shepler has received the following distinction: Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society. She is affiliated with North Clinic and Seton Healthcare Family. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, External Eye Diseases, Cataract Surgery, Descemet's Stripping ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Jonathan Dell, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
901 S Mopac; 4-350
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Steven Dell is an ophthalmologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Dell's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dell honors. Dr. Dell attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. George Clifford Thorne Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5011 Burnet Road
Austin, TX
 

Dr. George Thorne's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, Dr. Thorne performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and anterior segment diseases. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Thorne speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Anterior Segment Diseases, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Karl Randolph Pierce, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5011 Burnet Road
Austin, TX
 

Dr. K. Pierce practices ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Pierce is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Pierce is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Lawrence Shawn Wong, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4019 Spicewd Spgs Road; Suite 100
Austin, TX
 

Dr. L. Wong's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Wong graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Ochsner Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Mark Alan Plunkett, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5011 Burnet Road
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Mark Plunkett is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Plunkett focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Richard Alan Berkowitz, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2610 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Richard Berkowitz is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Berkowitz takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital. Dr. Berkowitz is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Shannon Mitchel Wong, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1009 East 40th Street; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Shannon Wong sees patients in Austin, TX. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave Dr. Wong an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Temple University, Dr. Wong attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors and Auston Monthly Magazine Ophthalmology Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Mitchel Wong, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1009 E 40th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Mitchel Wong practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Austin, TX. Dr. Wong obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. The average patient rating for Dr. Wong is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wong is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Thomas Richard Walters, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1700 S Mo Pac Expressway
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Walters' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Walters attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for residency. He has received a 1.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Walters has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. John William Branch, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5717 Balcones Drive
Austin, TX
 

Dr. John Branch's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Branch is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is affiliated with Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2600 Via Fortuna; Suite 400
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Luke Barker is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barker honors. Dr. Barker is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine. Dr. Barker's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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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.