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Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. James Nachbar's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Nachbar is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nachbar include macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Colucciello, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Colucciello is a retina specialist in Moorestown, NJ, Columbus, NJ, and Medford, NJ. These areas are among Dr. Colucciello's clinical interests: macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Nassau University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Amy R Wexler, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Amy Wexler is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Wexler include macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. Dr. Wexler takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Wexler attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Miriam Renee Brown, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Miriam Brown works as an ophthalmologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Brown attended New York Medical College for medical school. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Daniel Putnam's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Putnam's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Casey Eye Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
Homestead at Mansfield
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Trong Tran practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Tran attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. These areas are among his clinical interests: macular degeneration, comprehensive ophthalmology, and dry eyes. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
Homestead at Mansfield
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Sander Cohen's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cohen include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Cohen graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Macular ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
25 Homestead Drive
Columbus, NJ
 

Dr. Philip Horowitz practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Moorestown, NJ, Medford, NJ, and Columbus, NJ. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Horowitz include macular degeneration, dry eyes, and tumor. Dr. Horowitz takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Cryopexy, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Trauma, Eyelid Problems, Routine Eye Exam, Facial ... (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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