We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Pasadena, TX.

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Dr. Charles Albert Garcia, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
12970 East Freeway
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. Scott Eric Segal, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4450 E Sam Houston Parkway S; Suite E
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. Scott Segal is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Pasadena, TX and Houston, TX. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Segal trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency. His areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Segal's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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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)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
3333 Bayshore Boulevard; Suite 280
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. William Lipsky is an ophthalmologist in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Pasadena, TX. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Lipsky is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann. Dr. Lipsky 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. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Hebrew.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Specializes in Ophthalmology
4415 Crenshaw Road
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. Edward Wade specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wade's areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Wade's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
4415 Crenshaw Road
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. Mark Mayo practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Mayo's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Wills Eye Institute for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, 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.
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