We found 6 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Aetna HMO near Burlingame, CA.

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Dr. Bruce Irwin Kirschner M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 3.75 stars (4 ratings)
1828 El Camino Real; Suite 404
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Kirschner is a Burlingame, CA physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Kirschner's areas of expertise include the following: LASIK and cataracts. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Kirschner's training includes a residency program at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Kirschner (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Kirschner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Eye Problems

Mr. Bruce H. Bern M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.05 stars (13 ratings)
50 S San Mateo Drive; 200
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Bern practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Bern has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: macular degeneration, glaucoma, and LASIK. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Bern studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Bern (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, LASIK, ... (Read more)

Kenneth C. Chern M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.91 stars (3 ratings)
1720 El Camino Real; Suite 225
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Chern works as an ophthalmologist in Burlingame, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chern's areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma, LASIK, and cataract surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Chern is open to new patients. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Cole Eye Institute. He speaks Mandarin.

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

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataract Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Surgery, ... (Read more)

Michael J. Drinnan MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 1.16 stars (3 ratings)
101 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 310
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Drinnan specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in San Mateo, CA. Dr. Drinnan's education and training includes medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Drinnan include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 1.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Drinnan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 1 stars (3 ratings)
50 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 200
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Macdonald's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a special interest in LASIK and cataracts. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Dr. Macdonald attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received a 1.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Macdonald is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, LASIK, Eye Problems

Edward Y. Koo M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.71 stars (56 ratings)
1720 El Camino Real; Suite 225
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Edward Koo's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Koo is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include macular degeneration, macular hole, and uveitis. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koo takes. Dr. Koo's practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, Dr. Koo (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish.

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

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Anterior Segment Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Surgical Procedures, Diabetic ... (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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