We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Harvard Pilgrim Health Care near Plymouth, MA.

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Nicoletta A FynnThompson MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA

Dr. Nicoletta Fynn-Thompson is an ophthalmologist. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Fynn-Thompson trained at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for her residency. She is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and intraocular lens (IOL) repositioning. Dr. Fynn-Thompson is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Refractive Surgery

All Interests: Intraocular Lens Repositioning, Refractive Surgery

Bonnie An Henderson
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.1 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA

Dr. Bonnie Henderson's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her education and training includes medical school at Dartmouth Medical School and residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In her practice, she is particularly interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Dr. Henderson has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Henderson's distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Thomsen-Montgomery Scholar. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Refractive Surgery

All Interests: Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 3.77 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA

Dr. Michael Oats specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Sandwich, MA, West Yarmouth, MA, and Plymouth, MA. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Oats is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Tufts Health Plan, and more. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received professional recognition including the following: *additional Board Certification In Emergency Medicine*. Dr. Oats's hospital/clinic affiliations include Falmouth Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Refractive Surgery

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

Richard W Strecker MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 3.28 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
225 Water Street; Suite 132
Plymouth, MA

Dr. Richard Strecker specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing his residency at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Strecker attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include latisse, juvederm, and LASIK. Dr. Strecker has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Fellow, American Board Of Ophthalmology. Dr. Strecker is professionally affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth and South Shore Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Botox Injection, Juvederm, Radiesse, Wrinkles, Latisse, Laser Eye Surge ... (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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