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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 a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University Medical Center Brackenridge and Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Her areas of expertise include comprehensive ophthalmology, external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Shepler's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shepler has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society. Her professional affiliations include North Clinic and Seton Healthcare Family. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shepler's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

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

Dr. George Thorne is an ophthalmologist in Austin, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and anterior segment diseases. Dr. Thorne is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Thorne attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. Richard Berkowitz practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing his residency at Michael Reese Hospital, Dr. Berkowitz attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Berkowitz's professional affiliations include Seton Healthcare Family and Central Texas Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Steven Jonathan Dell, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Steven Dell is an Austin, TX physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Dell has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dell takes. Dr. Dell attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center and 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. Karl Randolph Pierce, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5011 Burnet Road
Austin, TX
 

Dr. K. Pierce's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Pierce is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pierce honors. Dr. Pierce has received the following distinction: 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 medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Wong attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Wong is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as 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. Shannon Mitchel Wong, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1009 East 40th Street; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Shannon Wong works as an ophthalmologist. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Wong is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wong include: Texas Super Doctors and Auston Monthly Magazine Ophthalmology Top Doctor. He 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. Mark Alan Plunkett, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5011 Burnet Road
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Mark Plunkett's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Plunkett honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he completed his residency training at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. Mitchel Wong works as an ophthalmologist. He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. The average patient rating for Dr. Wong is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He 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' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 1.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Walters include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Walters 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

Dr. Luke Anthony Barker, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2600 Via Fortuna; Suite 400
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Luke Barker is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Barker attended East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Barker's areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Barker is professionally 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

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

Dr. John Branch works as an ophthalmologist in Cedar Park, TX and Austin, TX. In his practice, Dr. Branch focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Branch is affiliated with Cedar Park Regional Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Branch trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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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.