We found 4 providers with an interest in eye problems and who accept Humana Platinum HMO near Kyle, TX.

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Dr. Kristen Michelle Hawthorne, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5401 Fm; 1626 Suite 365
Kyle, TX
 

Dr. Kristen Hawthorne's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Hawthorne studied medicine at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hawthorne is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge.

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Relevant Interests: , external eye diseases, cornea problems, cataracts

All Interests: Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cataracts

Dr. Scott Douglas Kelly, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5401 Fm 1626; #365
Kyle, TX
 

Dr. Scott Kelly is an ophthalmologist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Kelly's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Kelly has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge.

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Relevant Interests: , external eye diseases, cornea problems, cataracts

All Interests: Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cataracts

Dr. Richard Alan Berkowitz, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5401 Fm; 1626 Suite 365
Kyle, TX
 

Dr. Richard Berkowitz, who practices in Austin, TX, Kyle, TX, and Edinburg, TX, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Berkowitz's professional affiliations include Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Berkowitz completed a residency program at Michael Reese Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , external eye diseases, cornea problems

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

Dr. Valla Djafari, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
5401 Fm 1626; Suite 365
Kyle, TX
 

Dr. Valla Djafari sees patients in Round Rock, TX, Austin, TX, and Kyle, TX. His medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Djafari accepts. Dr. Djafari obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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Relevant Interests: , vitreous problems

All Interests: Vitreous Problems

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What are Eye Problems?

Almost every moment that we are awake, we rely on our eyes to navigate and interact with the world around us. But we rarely give our eyes much thought. The truth is, the eyes are amazing, complex and delicate organs. Millions of people every year have problems with their eyes. Some of the most common eye problems are refractive disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Refractive disorders happen when the shape of your eye doesn’t let you focus very precisely. You might be myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), or have an astigmatism, which is a focus problem caused by the cornea. Refractive disorders can be corrected by glasses or contacts.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It happens when fluid pressure builds up within the eye and damages the optic nerve. It is treated with medications and surgery.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. The retina is tissue at the back of the eye that is filled with numerous, tiny blood vessels. When diabetes damages these delicate blood vessels, they burst or leak, leading to blind spots and blurred vision. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy and surgery, but often vision cannot be restored.

Macular degeneration is common in older adults. The macula is the central part of the retina and is responsible for crisp center vision. Over time, the cells in the macula begin to die, making central vision blurry. An early symptom of macular degeneration is that straight lines appear wavy.

Cataracts happen when the clear lens in the front of the eye becomes cloudy, making things look blurry or faded. They are extremely common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract. In early stages, prescription glasses and magnifying lenses can help. As the cataracts get worse, surgery to replace the lens may be the best option.

More than just one of the five senses, we rely heavily on our eyes to communicate, work, and get around every day. It’s important to have regular eye exams to make sure your vision stays in good shape for years to come.
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