We found 8 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept USA Managed Care Organization near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Stephen Carl Pflugfelder, MD
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases
One Butler Boulevard; Ste E3.100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Pflugfelder sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is corneal and external diseases. His areas of expertise include the following: ocular surface reconstruction, artificial cornea transplant (keratoprosthesis surgery), and eye exam. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pflugfelder is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Pflugfelder has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to 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 Nc-205
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mitchell Weikert is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in corneal and external diseases and transplant surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: conjunctivitis (pink eye), LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Weikert studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Weikert trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Weikert 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. He is open to 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)

Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Jong's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include microsurgery, minor surgery, and glaucoma. Dr. Jong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Heights Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Jong's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Eye Trauma, Cataract Surgery, Eye Exam, Minor Surgery, Laser Treatment, Genetic Issues, Diabetic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Caplan is an ophthalmologist in Houston, TX, El Campo, TX, and Katy, TX. Dr. Caplan is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). After attending the University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Caplan completed his residency training 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 is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He has received the following distinction: 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. Regina Lo Sun, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Regina Sun sees patients in Pearland, TX, Houston, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Sun is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and eye trauma. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Sun is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. She 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. Timmy A Kovoor, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Timmy Kovoor is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Kovoor's areas of expertise include the following: contact dermatitis, blepharoplasty, and glaucoma. 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Kovoor has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

Dr. Eric Robert Holz, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Holz's medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Holz's clinical interests include eye trauma, diabetic retinopathy, and peripheral vascular disease. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Holz welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

Dr. Rahul T Pandit, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 450
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rahul Pandit's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include glaucoma, eye trauma, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Pandit is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. Dr. Pandit's residency was performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Pandit welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Eye Trauma, Eye Exam, Diabetic Retinopathy, Uveitis, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy, 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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