We found 6 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Michael Henry Manning Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1515 9th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Manning is an ophthalmologist in Palm Harbor, FL, Saint Petersburg, FL, and Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Manning's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. His professional affiliations include Carillon Surgery Center, BayCare Physician Partners, and Physicians Surgery Center. Dr. Manning accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Manning trained at Palmetto Health Richland. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. Mark Anderson Sibley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1515 9th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mark Sibley, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He is affiliated with Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Diabetes, LASIK, Cornea Problems, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery

Dr. Stephen Ambrose Updegraff, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1601 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Updegraff is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Updegraff include macular degeneration, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine and a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans' residency program. Dr. Updegraff is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Edward White Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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

All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Jay Weinstock, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6133 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Weinstock is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Weinstock include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weinstock studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Weinstock's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. Stephen Mark Weinstock, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
6133 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Weinstock is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Weinstock is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. He is especially interested in eye muscle surgery, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). Dr. Weinstock's average patient rating 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. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
6950 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Hall is an ophthalmologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Hall accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Dr. Hall performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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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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