We found 6 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Aetna near Cherry Hill, NJ.

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Dr Douglas Francis Liva MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.25 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
1 West Ridgewood Avenue; Suite 101
Paramus, NJ

Dr. Douglas Liva's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Liva average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Liva's clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is affiliated with Valley Health System. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Liva performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , Refractive Surgery

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr Bradley David Geller MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 2.66 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
466 Old Hook Road; Suite 24e
Emerson, NJ

Dr. Bradley Geller's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Dr. Geller's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Geller's professional affiliations include The Valley Hospital (Ridgewood, NJ) and Hackensack University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Refractive Surgery

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Refractive Surgery

Dr Bradford L Tannen MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
403 Clifton Avenue
Clifton, NJ

Dr. Bradford Tannen is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, Dr. Tannen focuses on LASIK, cataract surgery, and descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK). Dr. Tannen is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Doctors, Bronx VA Medical Center, and St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at The University Hospital, Newark. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tannen is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Refractive Surgery, LASIK

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty, Refrac ... (Read more)

Specializes in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology
Average rating 4.29 stars out of 5 (44 ratings)
773 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ

Dr. Lawrence Najarian specializes in uveitis and ocular immunology and practices in Teaneck, NJ and Bedminster, NJ. Areas of expertise for Dr. Najarian include uveitis, glaucoma, and LASIK. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Sinai Hospital and NYU Langone. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Najarian completed his residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Uveitis, LASIK

Specializes in Ophthalmology
351 Evelyn Street; Suite 301
Paramus, NJ

Dr. Damon Pettinelli's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Pettinelli is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital (LHH). He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute and Abington Memorial Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pettinelli takes.

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Relevant Interests: , Refractive Surgery

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

Dr Nicholas C Trotta MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
17-15 Maple Avenue; 1st Floor
Fair Lawn, NJ

Dr. Nicholas Trotta specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Trotta include LASIK. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Trotta takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Trotta attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Trotta speaks Italian. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Refractive Surgery, LASIK

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, LASIK

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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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