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We found 34 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Gold 101 near Bellaire, TX.

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

Dr. Stephen Pflugfelder is a cornea specialist. Dr. Pflugfelder attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. His areas of expertise include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, ocular surface reconstruction, and artificial cornea transplant (keratoprosthesis surgery). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pflugfelder accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

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

Dr. Samuel Yankelove specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yankelove include glaucoma. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland, Dr. Yankelove attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Yankelove at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

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

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

Dr. Marshall Hamill's specialty is corneal and external diseases. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include intraocular lens (IOL) implant, laser treatment, and eye exam. Dr. Hamill is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. 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. Dr. Hamill welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Hamill 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. Mitchell Patrick Weikert, MS, BS, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases, Transplant Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mitchell Weikert is a corneal and external diseases and transplant surgery specialist in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weikert include conjunctivitis (pink eye), LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weikert takes. Dr. Weikert graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Weikert is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He welcomes new patients.

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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Caplan's clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Caplan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Caplan has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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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, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Douglas Koch is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, laser treatment, and refractive lens exchange (RLE). Dr. Koch is professionally affiliated with Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Koch attended Harvard Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Koch average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Koch takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, refractive lens exchange (RLE)

All Interests: Cataracts, Refractive Lens Exchange, Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, Cataract Surgery with ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Willington Yee, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
5555 West South Loop; Suite 150
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Yee's area of specialization is corneal and external diseases. Dr. Yee is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. 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. Dr. Yee has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact his 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. Eric Robert Holz, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2727 Gramercy; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Holz, who practices in Houston, TX and Astrodome, TX, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Holz trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Holz include diabetic retinopathy, peripheral vascular disease, and angiogram (angiography). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Holz has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Surgical Procedures, Angiogram, Diabetic Retinopathy, Uveitis, LASIK, Eye Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Regina Lo Sun, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
3100 Weslayan; Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Regina Sun's medical specialty is corneal and external diseases. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and laser treatment. Dr. Sun takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Sun is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Mary Trotter Green, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6624 Fannin Street; Suite 2105
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mary Green works as an ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Green include contact dermatitis, blepharoplasty, and external eye diseases. Dr. Green's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 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. Green honors. Her education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Green has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Eye Exam, Uveitis, LASIK, Eye Problems, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. L. Watkins is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Watkins include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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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. Marc Rudolph Sanders, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3405 Edloe Street; Suite 300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Marc Sanders specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Sanders include glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Sanders completed his residency training at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Sanders has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Eye Exam, Laser Treatment, Diabetic Retinopathy, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy, Cornea ... (Read more)

Dr. Nan Wang, PhD, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 1800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nan Wang is a cornea specialist. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wang's areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Wang speaks Chinese. Dr. Wang is professionally affiliated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
3100 Weslayan Street; Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erin Doe practices ophthalmology (eye disease). He is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Doe is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Doe is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Uveitis, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Edward Chan is an ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Chan include comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Chan is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. Dr. Chan attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

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

Dr. Kevin H Merkley, MBA, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5420 W. Loop South; #4200
Bellaire, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Merkley works as an ophthalmologist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Utah School of Medicine and performed his residency at Saint Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland. He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and anterior segment diseases. Patients gave Dr. Merkley an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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 is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Anterior Segment Diseases, 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.