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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1115 5th Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. B.David Gorman's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He studied medicine at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Gorman's training includes a residency program at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has a special interest in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and laser surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst. In addition to English, Dr. Gorman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Albanian. Dr. Gorman is affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE).

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Cataracts, Laser Surgery, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular ... (Read more)

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Dr. Christopher Edward Starr, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1305 York Avenue; 12th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Christopher Starr practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in New York, NY. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. His areas of expertise include the following: uveitis, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Patient reviews placed Dr. Starr at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Starr is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Coresource, and United Healthcare Compass. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Starr include: New York Super Doctors; Premier Surgeon Magazine PS250 Award; and Best Doctors in America. Dr. Starr (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Russian, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, Intraocular Surgery, Uveitis, Refractive ... (Read more)

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Dr. Laurence Todd Dodick Sperber, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
166 E 63rd Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Laurence Sperber is an ophthalmologist. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, external eye diseases, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). Dr. Sperber's professional affiliations include New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) and NYU Langone Medical Center. He honors Coresource, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sperber is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. Dr. Sperber has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Eye Surgery, Surgical Procedures, LASIK, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cornea Transplant, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
161 Madison Avenue; Suite 5 Se
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joshua Young specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in New York, NY. Dr. Young (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish. His clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Young's professional affiliations include VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE), and NYU Langone Medical Center. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Young is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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Dr. Howard Strong Kornstein, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
20 E 46th Street; Room 501
New York, NY
 

Dr. Howard Kornstein sees patients in White Plains, NY and New York, NY. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Kornstein attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at Mount Auburn Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital Center for residency. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is in-network for Child Health Plus, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Kornstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian. He is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Kornstein is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

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Dr. Mark George Speaker, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
115 E 57th Street; 16th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Mark Speaker's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. Dr. Speaker is affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Speaker honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
305 E 40th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Albert Rudick's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Rudick include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). Dr. Rudick honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute for residency. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE).

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
30 E 65th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Brian Herschorn works as an ocular plastic surgeon in New York, NY and Brooklyn, NY. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Scheie Eye Institute. Dr. Herschorn's areas of expertise consist of blepharoplasty, glaucoma, and LASIK. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for MagnaCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Herschorn (or staff) speaks Spanish, Greek, and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Botulinum Toxin Injection, Glaucoma Surgery, Glaucoma, Blepharoplasty, LASIK

Dr. Eric Robert Mandel, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
211 East 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Eric Mandel works as an ophthalmologist in New York, NY and White Plains, NY. Dr. Mandel has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. His professional affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Elderplan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mandel honors. Dr. Mandel is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Mandel (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Robert Roy Ditkoff, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
30-02 30th Drive
Astoria, NY
 

Dr. Robert Ditkoff practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Ditkoff average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ditkoff's clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ditkoff's office for an appointment. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Ditkoff (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Greek, and Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
2590 Frisby Avenue
Bronx, NY
 

Dr. Anthony Pisacano works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Pisacano is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute for his residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pisacano include refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and eye problems. Dr. Pisacano is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Pisacano (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center - Wakefield Division Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

Dr. Thomas T M Chang, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
70 E 10th Street; Suite 1f
New York, NY
 

Dr. Thomas Chang works as an ophthalmologist in New York, NY. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Chang honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Dr. Chang (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey David Nightingale, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
211 Central Park W; Suite 1e
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Nightingale, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and comprehensive ophthalmology. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Nightingale completed his residency training at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Julius Shulman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
229 East 79th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Julius Shulman specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Shulman's areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with Temple University. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Shulman is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Susan Gail Margolis, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
323 E 34th Street; 4th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Susan Margolis is an ophthalmologist in New York, NY. Dr. Margolis's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Margolis include uveitis, glaucoma, and radial keratotomy. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and CIGNA Plans. She attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. Dr. Margolis is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , radial keratotomy

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Cornea Transplant, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Uveitis, Cornea ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory James Pamel, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
2308 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY
 

Dr. Gregory Pamel's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Pamel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Greek, and Cantonese. These areas are among Dr. Pamel's clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Pamel completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Elderplan. Dr. Pamel has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

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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.