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, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1828 El Camino Real; Suite 404
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Kirschner sees patients in Burlingame, CA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Kirschner (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese. His areas of expertise include LASIK and cataracts. Dr. Kirschner's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Kirschner performed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Bruce Harley Bern, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
50 S San Mateo Drive; 200
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Bern is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bern include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and LASIK. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bern accepts. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Bern (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. He is affiliated with 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: , LASIK

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

Dr. Kenneth C Chern, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1720 El Camino Real; Suite 225
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Chern is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Burlingame, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Chern average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chern include glaucoma, LASIK, and cataract surgery. Dr. Chern is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Dr. Chern is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Cole Eye Institute, Dr. Chern attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Chern 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)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
50 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 200
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Macdonald specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in San Mateo, CA. His areas of expertise include LASIK and cataracts. Dr. Macdonald accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Macdonald attended New York Medical College for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Macdonald's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

Dr. Edward Y Koo, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1720 El Camino Real; Suite 225
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Edward Koo is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Burlingame, CA. Dr. Koo (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Koo's areas of expertise include macular degeneration, macular hole, and uveitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Koo is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Koo has an open panel.

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

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Dr. Michael J Drinnan, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
101 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 310
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Drinnan practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in San Mateo, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Drinnan average 1.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Drinnan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Drinnan speaks French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Dr. Drinnan is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Dry Eyes, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Imaging Procedures, Surgical Procedures, Uveitis, ... (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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