We found 29 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Gold 101 near Bellaire, TX.

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Dr. Douglas Donald Koch, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6550 Fannin Street; Suite 1501
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Koch is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Koch is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include laser treatment, refractive lens exchange (RLE), and cataracts. He is affiliated with Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Koch attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, refractive lens exchange (RLE)

All Interests: Cataracts, Refractive Lens Exchange, Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, LASIK, Intraocular Lens ... (Read more)

Dr. Zaina Nabil Al-Mohtaseb, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6701 Fannin Street; 5th Floor - Suite 510
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Zaina Al-Mohtaseb works as an ophthalmologist in Houston, TX. She is conversant in Arabic. She has a special interest in LASIK, keratoconus, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Al-Mohtaseb's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Al-Mohtaseb accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cornea Transplant, Cataracts, Keratoconus, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy

Dr. Marshall Bowes Hamill, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
6550 Fannin Street; Suite 1501
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Marshall Hamill specializes in corneal and external diseases. Dr. Hamill is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamill include intraocular lens (IOL) implant, laser treatment, and eye exam. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Hamill's education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hamill has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Anterior Segment Diseases, Eye Exam, Descemet's Membrane Endothelial ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel J Yankelove, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
8800 Katy Freeway; Suite 107
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Samuel Yankelove is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Yankelove is especially interested in glaucoma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland, Dr. Yankelove attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy, Vision Problems, Glaucoma

Dr. Mitchell Patrick Weikert, MS, BS, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases, Transplant Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mitchell Weikert works as a cornea specialist and transplant surgeon. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weikert include conjunctivitis (pink eye), LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Weikert accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Conjunctivitis, Edema, Anterior Segment Surgery, Keratoconus, Eye Exam, Laser Treatment, Diabetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Bernard Caplan, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3100 Weslayan Street; Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Caplan is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Houston, TX, El Campo, TX, and Katy, TX. Dr. Caplan speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He graduated from the University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Caplan's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Caplan has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), radial keratotomy, LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Cataract Surgery, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen C Pflugfelder, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
6550 Fannin Street; Suite 1501
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Pflugfelder's specialty is corneal and external diseases. He studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Clinical interests for Dr. Pflugfelder include ocular surface reconstruction, artificial cornea transplant (keratoprosthesis surgery), and eye exam. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Pflugfelder takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Artificial Cornea Transplant, Eye Exam, Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, Stem Cell Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Regina Lo Sun, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3100 Weslayan; Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Regina Sun specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Pearland, TX, Houston, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Sun attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and eye trauma. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sun takes. Dr. Sun has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Sun welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Eye Trauma, Eye Exam, Laser Treatment, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Cornea Problems, External Eye ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard W Yee, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5555 West South Loop; Suite 150
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Yee is an ophthalmologist in Houston, TX and Bellaire, TX. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yee honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Yee attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Yee's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Reem Z Renno, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
2900 Westheimer
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Reem Renno specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Her clinical interests include facial problems, thyroid problems, and moles. Dr. Renno's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Houston Methodist. She 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. She is open to new patients. She graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Renno (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Eye Trauma, Cosmetic Surgery, Eye Exam, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Kai-Wah Chan, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7737 Southwest Freeway; Suite 850
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Chan is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His clinical interests encompass comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Chan is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Diabetes, Photorefractive Keratectomy, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina ... (Read more)

Dr. L Andrew Andrew Watkins, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2855 Gramercy Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lowell Watkins practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Houston, TX and Cypress, TX. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In his practice, Dr. Watkins focuses on comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Watkins is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , radial keratotomy, LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Cataract Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy, Comprehensive ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Eric Segal, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1315 St. Joseph Parkway; Suite 1205
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Scott Segal is an ophthalmologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Segal has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Segal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Eye Muscle Surgery, Eye Exam, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems, Allergies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Timmy A Kovoor, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5420 Dashwood Drive; Suite 101
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Timmy Kovoor, who practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Kovoor's areas of expertise include the following: contact dermatitis, blepharoplasty, and glaucoma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Kovoor attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kovoor takes. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Eye Exam, Diabetic Retinopathy, LASIK, Eye Problems, Cornea Problems, Cornea ... (Read more)

Dr. Erin Andrew Doe, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3100 Weslayan Street; Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erin Doe's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Doe has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Doe takes. His education and training includes medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and residency at Brooke Army Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Charles A Garcia, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
4704 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Garcia's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. Dr. Garcia is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Garcia completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Eye Exam, Minor Surgery, Laser Treatment, Diabetes, LASIK, Eye Problems, Cornea Problems, ... (Read more)

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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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