We found 33 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Gold 101 near Bellaire, TX.

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

Dr. Marshall Hamill is a cornea specialist. Dr. Hamill's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: intraocular lens (IOL) implant, laser treatment, and eye exam. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Hamill attended Baylor College of Medicine for 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

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

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

Dr. Stephen Pflugfelder is a corneal and external diseases specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pflugfelder include ocular surface reconstruction, artificial cornea transplant (keratoprosthesis surgery), and eye exam. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Pflugfelder's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Pflugfelder's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for 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 professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He welcomes 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. Mitchell Patrick Weikert, MS, BS, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases, Transplant Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mitchell Weikert, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in corneal and external diseases and transplant surgery. His areas of expertise include conjunctivitis (pink eye), LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Weikert's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Weikert trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is accepting 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. Richard Willington Yee, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
5555 West South Loop; Suite 150
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Yee practices corneal and external diseases in Houston, TX and Bellaire, TX. He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Yee is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Yee's medical residency was performed 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Yee's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. Samuel Yankelove practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Yankelove include glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Yankelove trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes 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. Douglas Donald Koch, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6550 Fannin Street; Suite 1501
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Koch is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Koch is especially interested in laser treatment, refractive lens exchange (RLE), and cataracts. He is affiliated with Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. After attending Harvard Medical School, Dr. Koch completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Koch is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Regina Sun is a specialist in corneal and external diseases. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sun include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and laser treatment. Dr. Sun is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Sun attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Sun is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sun accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Sun is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Michael Caplan works as an ophthalmologist in Houston, TX, El Campo, TX, and Katy, TX. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Caplan's clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Caplan is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Caplan is affiliated with Memorial Hermann, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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

Dr. Zaina Al-Mohtaseb's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Al-Mohtaseb include LASIK, keratoconus, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Al-Mohtaseb takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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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. Eric Robert Holz, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
2727 Gramercy; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Holz's medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Holz's areas of expertise consist of diabetic retinopathy, peripheral vascular disease, and angiogram (angiography). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Holz attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Holz has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

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

Dr. Kevin Merkley sees patients in Galveston, TX, League City, TX, and Bellaire, TX. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, Dr. Merkley focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Dr. Merkley is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine and a graduate of Saint Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland's residency program. Patient reviews placed Dr. Merkley at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Merkley honors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. Charles Albert Garcia, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 1800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Garcia is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Garcia include diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He attended Tulane University 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Garcia is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Garcia honors 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.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

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

Dr. Alan Jarrett, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
902 Frostwood Drive; Suite 146
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alan Jarrett is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. Jarrett's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Jarrett completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Jarrett's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy, Comprehensive ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Patricia Ple-Plakon is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Dr. Ple-Plakon's areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Her professional affiliations include Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center's residency program. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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

Dr. Lowell Watkins works as an ophthalmologist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Watkins is especially interested in comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is 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. Timmy Abraham Kovoor, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2855 Gramercy Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Timmy Kovoor works as an ophthalmologist in Houston, TX. His clinical interests include contact dermatitis, blepharoplasty, and glaucoma. Dr. Kovoor honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Kovoor trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for his residency. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is open to 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)

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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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