We found 2 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Beech Street near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Linda M. Tsai MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 0.75 stars (2 ratings)
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Linda Tsai works as an ophthalmologist in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Dr. Tsai's clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Tsai speaks Chinese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Luke's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Dr. Andrew Hee-Ju Huang 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 surgery, corneal and external diseases, and ocular oncology specialist. He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending National Taiwan University School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, Dr. Huang completed his residency training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Huang's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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



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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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