We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Beech Street near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Linda M Tsai, MD, BA
Specializes in Ophthalmology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Linda Tsai's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Tsai's areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Tsai speaks Chinese. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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

All Interests: Retinopathy, Implant Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan M Culican, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Susan Culican practices pediatric ophthalmology in Saint Louis, MO. She has a special interest in strabismus, glaucoma, and cataracts. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Dr. Culican performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Nystagmus, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

Dr. Andrew Hee-Ju Huang, MPH, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Corneal and External Diseases, Ocular Oncology
660 S Euclid Avenue; Cb#8096, Dovs
St Louis, MO
 

Dr. Andrew Huang is a plastic surgeon, cornea specialist, and ocular oncology specialist. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Huang obtained his medical school training at National Taiwan University School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is affiliated with Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems, Eye Cancer

Dr. Lawrence Tychsen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1 Children's Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Lawrence Tychsen works as a pediatric ophthalmologist. Dr. Tychsen's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in eye movement disorders and cataracts. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Tychsen trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Nystagmus, Eye Movement Disorders, Cataracts, Cerebral Palsy, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Refractive ... (Read more)

Kyle Dale Dohrman
Specializes in Optometry
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Kyle Dohrman's area of specialization is optometry (primary eye care). Dr. Dohrman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He trained at Boston VA Medical Center for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: 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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