We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Medicare near Carlsbad, CA.

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Dr. Jeffrey Bruce Morris, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3909 Waring Road
Oceanside, CA

Dr. Jeffrey Morris is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Morris's clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and laser surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Morris welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

Dr. Christopher Nawn Spellman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6221 Metropolitan Street; Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA

Dr. Christopher Spellman is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Spellman has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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Dr. Michael Kennedy Tracy, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6183 Paseo Del Norte; Suite 210
Carlsbad, CA

Dr. Michael Tracy specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and comprehensive ophthalmology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Tracy studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his professional training, Dr. Tracy completed a residency program at Scheie Eye Institute. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
655 Laguna Drive
Carlsbad, CA

Dr. James Davies, who practices in Carlsbad, CA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Davies has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Davies include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Davies accepts. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Dr. Davies (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian.

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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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