We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Coventry Silver HMO near Lebanon, PA.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1700 South Lincoln Avenue
Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. David Ludwick is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Ludwick studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ludwick completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Ludwick honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Lebanon VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 3.5 stars (4 ratings)
1625 Fieldcrest Road
Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. George Fava is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Fava completed his residency training at Wills Eye Institute. He is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

David Liang MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
1700 South Lincoln Avenue
Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. David Liang is an ophthalmologist. In his practice, Dr. Liang focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is affiliated with Lebanon VA Medical Center and Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Liang completed his residency training at Washington Hospital Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 3.87 stars (4 ratings)
1700 South Lincoln Avenue
Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. Brett Ernst is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cole Eye Institute and St. John's Hospital for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Ernst include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. Dr. Ernst has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Lebanon VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, 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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