We found 7 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. David Hayes Leach, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3000 W Dr Mlk Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Leach is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave Dr. Leach a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Leach include LASIK, cornea transplant (keratoplasty), and cataracts. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leach honors. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Leach speaks Spanish. Dr. Leach is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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

All Interests: Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Cornea Transplant, Cataracts

Dr. Lewis R Groden, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2202 N West Shore Boulevard; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lewis Groden, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of LASIK, external eye diseases, and cataracts. Dr. Groden takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Eye Problems, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cataracts

Dr. Giacomo S Guggino, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Surgery, Ophthalmology
3109 W Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Giacomo Guggino is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of strabismus and refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). Dr. Guggino accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Guggino is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of George Washington University Medical Center's residency program. He is conversant in Italian. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Strabismus, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

Dr. Ronald L Seeley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3000 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Seeley sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Seeley's residency was performed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: radial keratotomy, contact lenses, and retina surgery. Dr. Seeley has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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 is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Seeley is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , radial keratotomy

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Cornea Transplant, Cataracts, Retina ... (Read more)

Dr. Bernard R Perez, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4506 Wishart Place
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bernard Perez is an ophthalmologist. These areas are among Dr. Perez's clinical interests: macular degeneration, LASIK, and radial keratotomy. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Perez honors. He studied medicine at Central University of the East School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , radial keratotomy, LASIK

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, LASIK, Cornea ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
7522 N Himes Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Prado, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prado include macular degeneration, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Patients gave Dr. Prado an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Prado is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. John Chi-Ching Chan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
2727 Dr Martin Luther King Boulevard; Suite 320
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Chan is an orthopedic trauma specialist, orthopedic reconstructive surgeon, and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Chan has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and ganglion cyst. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chan graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for his residency. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , radial keratotomy

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Bone ... (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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