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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1115 5th Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. B.David Gorman is an ophthalmologist in New York, NY. Dr. Gorman has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), cataract surgery, and laser surgery. He is affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Healthfirst, and more. Before performing his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Gorman attended New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Gorman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Albanian.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Cataracts, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Refractive ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Howard Kornstein works as an ophthalmologist in White Plains, NY and New York, NY. Dr. Kornstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian. His clinical interests include LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He is professionally affiliated with Westchester Medical Center. After completing medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School, he performed his residency at Mount Auburn Hospital and Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Kornstein accepts Child Health Plus, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy

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Dr. Christopher Edward Starr, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1305 York Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Christopher Starr is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in New York, NY. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Starr attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Starr include uveitis, LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Starr's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Starr is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Coresource, and United Healthcare Compass. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 professionally 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 sees patients in New York, NY. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise consist of cornea transplant (keratoplasty), cataracts, and cornea problems. On average, patients gave Dr. Sperber a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coresource, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sperber graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sperber trained at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Sperber's professional affiliations include New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

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

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

Dr. Albert Rudick is an ophthalmologist in New York, NY. Dr. Rudick has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests encompass refractive surgery (vision correction surgery). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute for residency. Dr. Rudick is conversant in 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

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

Dr. Mark Speaker is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Speaker's clinical interests: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), external eye diseases, and cornea problems. He is professionally affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). Dr. Speaker attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Speaker accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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

Dr. Martin Lee Fox, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
425 Madison Avenue; Suite 1501
New York, NY
 

Dr. Martin Fox's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He is affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). Dr. Fox takes MagnaCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fox attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy

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

Dr. Brian Herschorn is a physician who specializes in ophthalmic plastic surgery. Dr. Herschorn is especially interested in blepharoplasty, glaucoma, and LASIK. Patient ratings for Dr. Herschorn average 4.0 stars out of 5. MagnaCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Herschorn honors. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Scheie Eye Institute. Dr. Herschorn (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Greek, and Italian. He is affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

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

Dr. Basil Adrian Pakeman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
240 E 64th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Basil Pakeman works as an oculoplastic surgeon. Dr. Pakeman has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include radiesse, restylane, and botox injection. He is an in-network provider for MultiPlan, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Pakeman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Botox Injection, Dysport Injection, Strabismus Surgery, Eyelid Retraction Repair, ... (Read more)

Dr. Emil William Chynn, MBA, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
102 E 25th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Emil Chynn practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Chynn (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chynn include dysport injection, juvederm, and LASIK. He is affiliated with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University, Dr. Chynn attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Chynn has received include Fellow, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS); Fellow, American Board of Ophthalmology (= "board-certified"); and former member of American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

All Interests: Botox Injection, Dysport Injection, Juvederm, Restylane, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, Photorefractive ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eric Mandel practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in New York, NY and White Plains, NY. The average patient rating for Dr. Mandel is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mandel has a special interest in LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and external eye diseases. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Elderplan. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Mandel attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Mandel (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish.

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

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Botox Injection, Refractive Surgery, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard David Najac, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
125-10 Queens Boulevard; Suite 305
Kew Gardens, NY
 

Dr. Richard Najac is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise consist of glaucoma, LASIK, and astigmatism. Dr. Najac is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Danbury Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. In addition to English, Dr. Najac speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cataracts, Vision Problems, Glaucoma, Laser Treatment, LASIK, Astigmatism, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Thomas Chang is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in New York, NY. Dr. Chang (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and French. Dr. Chang's areas of expertise consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Chang's residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. The average patient rating for Dr. Chang is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Cataracts

Dr. Kira Manusis, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
310 E 14th Street; Suite 319s
New York, NY
 

Dr. Kira Manusis specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Manusis include LASIK, astigmatism, and cataract surgery. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Secure Horizons, and more. Dr. Manusis is open to new patients. Dr. Manusis studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Manusis include: New York Super Doctors and New York Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Manusis (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Julius Shulman sees patients in New York, NY. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Shulman speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Shulman focuses on refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Shulman trained at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with Temple University for residency. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shulman's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
2590 Frisby Avenue
Bronx, NY
 

Dr. Anthony Pisacano's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pisacano attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. Dr. Pisacano (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center - Wakefield Division Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, Eye 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.
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