We found 18 providers with an interest in eye problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential near Plantation, FL.

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Dr. Elizabeth R Richter, PhD, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Vitreoretinal Diseases
1370 E. Venice Avenue; Suite 201
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Richter's specialties are surgery and vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Medical College of Georgia and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Richter is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Sarasota Memorial Main Campus.

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All Interests: Vitreous Problems

Dr. Keye L Wong, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1370 Venice Avenue, E.; Suite 201
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Keye Wong's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Wong graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Wong is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Sarasota Memorial Main Campus.

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Dr. John P Fezza, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
1360 Venice Avenue, E.
Venice, FL
 

Dr. John Fezza practices ophthalmic plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Fezza include eyelid surgery, birthmark removal, and dermabrasion. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, Dr. Fezza performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fezza is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Dr. Mark Anthony Johnson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
811 Ridgewood Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Mark Johnson practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Venice, FL. Dr. Johnson obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He is especially interested in comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Patient ratings for Dr. Johnson average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Relevant Interests: , cataracts

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Dr. Michael Brandon Parrott, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Michael Parrott's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Parrott attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school.

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Dr. Scott Patrick Durrett, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1219 Jacaranda Boulevard
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Scott Durrett practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Venice, FL and Englewood, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. After attending Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Durrett completed his residency training at Shands HealthCare. Patient ratings for Dr. Durrett average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Durrett takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Dr. Jody Gottlieb Abrams, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1101 Tamiami Tr., S.
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Jody Abrams specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Venice, FL and Sarasota, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Abrams's professional affiliations include Venice Regional Bayfront Health, Memorial Hospital of Tampa, and Fawcett Memorial Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and then he performed his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport.

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All Interests: Eye Problems, Plastic Surgery Procedures

Dr. John H Niffenegger, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1370 E. Venice Avenue; Suite 201
Venice, FL
 

Dr. John Niffenegger is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He works in Sarasota, FL, Port Charlotte, FL, and Venice, FL. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He trained at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for residency. Dr. Niffenegger accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Niffenegger is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. William Mestrezat is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mestrezat completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Mestrezat is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mestrezat takes.

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Dr. William Joseph Lahners, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. William Lahners is an ophthalmologist in Venice, FL and Sarasota, FL. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lahners takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Lahners has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. Edward C Fetherolf, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1435 E. Venice Avenue; Suite 110
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Edward Fetherolf's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, Dr. Fetherolf focuses on comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. Fetherolf is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Francis Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Dr. Patricia Dee G Stephenson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
200 Palermo Place
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Patricia Stephenson is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Stephenson attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , external eye diseases, cataracts, cornea problems

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataracts, Cornea Problems

Dr. David William Shoemaker, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. David Shoemaker works as an ophthalmologist in Sarasota, FL and Venice, FL. Dr. Shoemaker is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine and a graduate of Ochsner Medical Center's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shoemaker include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Shoemaker is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. Trenity Shane McKinney, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1299 Jacaranda Boulevard
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Trenity McKinney is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. McKinney include comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. McKinney is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. McKinney's training includes a residency program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Dr. Joshua W Kim, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Joshua Kim is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Venice, FL and Sarasota, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kim include glaucoma and cataracts. He attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma, cataracts

All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
11454 Conch Court
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Richard Paolillo's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Paolillo attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Vitreous Problems

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What are Eye Problems?

Almost every moment that we are awake, we rely on our eyes to navigate and interact with the world around us. But we rarely give our eyes much thought. The truth is, the eyes are amazing, complex and delicate organs. Millions of people every year have problems with their eyes. Some of the most common eye problems are refractive disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Refractive disorders happen when the shape of your eye doesn’t let you focus very precisely. You might be myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), or have an astigmatism, which is a focus problem caused by the cornea. Refractive disorders can be corrected by glasses or contacts.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It happens when fluid pressure builds up within the eye and damages the optic nerve. It is treated with medications and surgery.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. The retina is tissue at the back of the eye that is filled with numerous, tiny blood vessels. When diabetes damages these delicate blood vessels, they burst or leak, leading to blind spots and blurred vision. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy and surgery, but often vision cannot be restored.

Macular degeneration is common in older adults. The macula is the central part of the retina and is responsible for crisp center vision. Over time, the cells in the macula begin to die, making central vision blurry. An early symptom of macular degeneration is that straight lines appear wavy.

Cataracts happen when the clear lens in the front of the eye becomes cloudy, making things look blurry or faded. They are extremely common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract. In early stages, prescription glasses and magnifying lenses can help. As the cataracts get worse, surgery to replace the lens may be the best option.

More than just one of the five senses, we rely heavily on our eyes to communicate, work, and get around every day. It’s important to have regular eye exams to make sure your vision stays in good shape for years to come.
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