We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Humana Catastrophic near Bloomington, IL.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1505 Eastland Drive; Suite 2200
Bloomington, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Brownstone is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is professionally affiliated with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Brownstone attended Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school. Dr. Brownstone accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Plastic Surgery Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Joseph G Harmon, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1008 N Main Street
Bloomington, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Harman is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Bloomington, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Harman include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harman honors. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1505 Eastland Drive; Suite 2200
Bloomington, IL
 

Dr. Scott Pinter's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Pinter's areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He is affiliated with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Ara David Aprahamian, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1008 N Main Street
Bloomington, IL
 

Dr. Ara Aprahamian is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Bloomington, IL. Dr. Aprahamian's areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is affiliated with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Vision Problems, Laser Treatment, Surgical ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1228 Towanda Avenue; Suite 1
Bloomington, IL
 

Dr. Saba Quraishi is an ophthalmologist in Bloomington, IL and Elgin, IL. Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, glaucoma surgery, and LASIK. She is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center. Dr. Quraishi attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Laser ... (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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