We found 6 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Lakewood, CA.

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Dr. Ehsan Ethan Sadri, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5991 E Spring Street; Suite 327
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Ehsan Sadri is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Sadri's clinical interests: glaucoma, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sadri attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Sadri trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Sadri (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Sadri's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology, Optometry
3300 E South Street; Suite 105
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Carl Hartman specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and optometry (primary eye care). He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Hartman's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Clinical interests for Dr. Hartman include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glasses, and cataract surgery. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hartman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors 2008. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Hartman is affiliated with VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

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

All Interests: Glasses, Eye Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Corneal Surgery, Cataracts, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Emma Clay
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology, Optometry
3300 E South Street; Suite 105
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Emma Clay works as an ophthalmologist and optometrist. These areas are among Dr. Clay's clinical interests: uveitis, hylaform, and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). Dr. Clay accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Clay attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete Dr. Clay's residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute. In addition to English, Dr. Clay speaks Spanish. Dr. Clay is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Clay welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Eye Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Restylane, Uveitis, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Eye Problems, Botox ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
3325 Palo Verde Avenue; Suite 103
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Carlos Martinez works as an ophthalmologist in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Martinez speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Martinez attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Martinez has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology, Optometry
3300 E South Street; Suite 105
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Theodore Pasquali is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease) and optometry (primary eye care). In his practice, Dr. Pasquali focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Pasquali honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cole Eye Institute. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Donald N Serafano, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3325 Palo Verde Avenue; Suite 103
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Donald Serafano is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. These areas are among his clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glasses, and cataract surgery. Dr. Serafano's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Serafano accepts. Dr. Serafano (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian.

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

All Interests: Glasses, Botox Injection, Posterior Capsular Opacification, Hylaform, Eye Procedures, Eye Surgery, ... (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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