We found 7 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

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Dr. Terrence P OBrien, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7101 Fairway Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Terrence Obrien's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at Wilmer Eye Institute and Beaumont Hospitals. His areas of expertise consist of external eye diseases and cornea problems. Dr. Obrien takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Obrien speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Palm Beach Gardens.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cornea Transplant, Vision Problems, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens ... (Read more)

Dr. David A Goldman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3401 Pga Boulevard; Suite 440
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. David Goldman's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Goldman is especially interested in pterygium, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He is affiliated with Jupiter Medical Center and St. Mary's Hospital. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Cabrini Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Pterygium, Refractive Surgery, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2505 Metrocentre Boulevard; Suite 300
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Alan Kohn's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Kohn is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataracts. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kohn honors. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kohn include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Kohn speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Baptist Outpatient Services.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Alan Lewis Mitchell, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
22023 St Road #7; Suite 102
Boca Raton, FL
 

Dr. Alan Mitchell's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Mitchell average 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass LASIK and cataracts. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mitchell takes. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Mitchell completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College.

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

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

Dr. Hoi-Young Ellen Koo, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology
7101 Fairway Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Ellen Koo practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Naples, FL. She is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Koo trained at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Palm Beach Gardens.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataracts, Vision Problems, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens ... (Read more)

Dr. Guillermo Amescua, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7101 Fairway Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Guillermo Amescua sees patients in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Miami, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Amescua's professional affiliations include Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Palm Beach Gardens and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Miami. For his professional training, Dr. Amescua completed a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Vision Problems, Artificial Cornea Transplant, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
3355 Burns Road; Suite 205
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Richard Margolies is an ophthalmologist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Margolies include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Margolies accepts. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University 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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