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Dr. Michael Bernard Caplan MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
3100 Weslayan Street; Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Caplan is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and cataract surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Caplan performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Caplan has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Regina Lo Sun M. D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.78 stars (39 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Regina Sun specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sun include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and eye trauma. Dr. Sun is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Sun's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Eye Trauma, Eye Exam, Laser Treatment, Refractive Surgery, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, ... (Read more)

Mitchell P. Weikert M.D.
Specializes in Corneal and External Diseases, Transplant Surgery
average rating 3.25 stars (2 ratings)
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mitchell Weikert is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in corneal and external diseases and transplant surgery. His areas of expertise include conjunctivitis (pink eye), LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Weikert honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Conjunctivitis, Anterior Segment Surgery, Keratoconus, Eye Exam, Diabetic Retinopathy, LASIK, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rahul T. Pandit M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.81 stars (363 ratings)
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 450
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rahul Pandit is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pandit's clinical interests include glaucoma, eye trauma, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Pandit obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Eye Trauma, Eye Exam, Diabetic Retinopathy, Photorefractive Keratectomy, Cornea Problems, Cornea ... (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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