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Laser Eye Surgery Resources
LASIK and Cataract Surgery Links:

If you’re interested in learning more about LASIK NJ, LASIK NYC, cataract surgery and other corrective laser eye surgeries nationwide, please check out the links below. A little research can be crucial to the outcome of your laser eye surgery. These independent links are provided as a free service to our visitors, but we are not responsible for the content, advertising, or accuracy of the information provided in these sites.

Crystalens (Bausch & Lomb) – Premium Intraocular Lens for Cataracts & Presbyopia

Tecnis Multifocal

Restor and Acysof Toric IQ
CustomVue (Abbott Medical Optics, Inc.) – Custom Wavefront LASIK Technology
Eye Digest by University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary Physicians
Get Eye Smart (American Academy of Ophthalmology) – IOL Implants & Cataract Surgery
Get Eye Smart (American Academy of Ophthalmology) – LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
Eye Surgery Education Council – About Cataract Surgery
Eye Surgery Education Council – About LASIK Surgery
IntraLase (Abbott Medical Optics, Inc.) – Blade Free LASIK Method
Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute – Ranked among the nation’s top hospitals
National Eye Institute – Facts about Cataract (Dr. Cohen) – Get information & ask for expert advice about LASIK, PRK, etc.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration – LASIK Risks and Complications
U.S. Food & Drug Administration – Approved Lasers for LASIK, PRK and other refractive surgeries

Refractive Surgery Group:

Here we list several of the world’s leading board certified Ophthalmologists and eye surgeons across the U.S. who have made significant contributions to the field of refractive surgery. They are innovators, educators, respected authors and, above all, highly skilled physicians who are devoted to the medical and surgical treatment of many eye diseases, particularly diseases of the cornea. These refractive surgeons are exceptionally experienced and are among the top LASIK surgeons and cataract surgeons in the nation.
Karl G. Stonecipher, M.D. of Laser Defined Vision
3312 Battleground Avenue #102 Greensboro, NC 27410
Ming Wang, M.D. of Wang Vision Institute
1801 West End Ave, Ste 1150, Nashville, TN 37203

Associations & Organizations:

These resources will provide you with information about some of the professional organizations and associations we support that work diligently in the best interests of medical students, patients and physicians. They support research and development, and provide continuing education and training about new drugs, tools and procedures that help us provide safer, higher quality vision care to patients.

American Academy of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Optometry
American Macular Degeneration Foundation
American Medical Association
American Society of Contemporary Ophthalmology
Cornea Research Foundation of America
Eye Bank Association of America
Glaucoma Research Foundation
Golden Key International Honour Society
New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology 

More Information:

Another great way of getting information is by consulting with a qualified refractive surgeon like Dr. Ilan Cohen. If you have any questions at all or simply want to learn more about LASIK eye surgery NJ, LASIK eye surgery NYC, cataract surgery and other laser vision correction options in Manhattan, Glendale NY, the greater New York area, or Old Bridge, New Jersey and surrounding cities, we welcome you to email, call or visit us in person. 

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Advanced Technology
Most Advanced: Allegretto WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser

Dr. Cohen’s first choice in excimer lasers is the Allegretto WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser, which he uses in more than 90% of his New Jersey and New York LASIK cases. Dr. Cohen also uses the WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond laser in bladeless LASIK. These are the newest machines available. 

He selected this laser technology because he considers it to be the leader of the pack. In Dr. Cohen’s expert hands, the Allegretto WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser technology consistently achieves the best outcomes, improves patient comfort, and greatly reduces the need for enhancements.

Allegretto WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser (built by the German company, Erlangen WaveLight GmbH, a subsidiary of Alcon in Fort Worth, TX) is the newest, fastest and most precise excimer laser system available in the world. It was approved by the FDA in 2006. Operating at 500Hz while applying 400 treatment pulses per second, the Allegretto WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser makes it possible to perform accurate laser vision correction up to 10 times faster than other methods. It provides superior results, greater precision, and better safety.

When compared to other excimer lasers, the Allegretto WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser:

  • customizes every treatment to the patient’s individual prescription and cornea
  • delivers precise work at high speed with PerfectPulse Technology™
  • high speed means less stress and discomfort for patients
  • follows the eye’s fastest movements with high-speed eye-tracker
  • automatically adjusts to changes in pupil size during treatment
  • achieves a rounder, more natural corneal surface than many other lasers
  • virtually eliminates the glare and night vision problems associated with older generation lasers
  • can achieve uncorrected visual acuity of 20/16 or better
  • has a total re-treatment rate of less than 5% of patients
  • ensures a maximum level of safety
Gold Standard: VISX® STAR S4 IR

This is the most commonly-used excimer laser machine in the USA (from Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Santa Ana, CA). VISX is the American company that invented laser vision correction in 1986 and the company was later acquired by Abbott.

VISX® STAR S4 is 15-year-old technology that has undergone a series of upgrades in the last few years. (Think of it as upgrading the CPU, the memory and other features on your old desktop PC.) It delivers a broad range of wavefront-guided laser vision correction treatments to patients, but has limited success in treatment of astigmatism and may induce glare and halos when not in the “wavefront” mode (which cannot be used in all patients).

VISX® STAR S4 is Dr. Cohen’s laser of choice for patients with certain rare corneal conditions (e.g., PTK, or phototherapeutic keratectomy, for recurrent corneal erosion, etc.).

When compared to other excimer lasers, the VISX® STAR S4:

  • removes about 20% less corneal tissue than some of its competitors
  • tracks eye movement with ActiveTrak™, which helps ensure precise results
  • requires no pupil dilation, which promotes speedy recovery and causes less discomfort
  • produces an extremely consistent surface on the cornea after the procedure
  • minimizes additional time required for custom wavefront-guided treatment compared to conventional treatment
Bladeless Flap Creation: Ziemer FEMTO LDV™ FS Laser

A femtosecond (FS) laser is the first step in the “all-laser” or “bladeless” Custom LASIK procedure and is used to shape and create the corneal flap for qualified patients. This eliminates the need for cutting a flap with the traditional mechanical microkeratome, a hand-operated blade instrument. After a flap has been created, treatment with the excimer laser (above) begins.

Dr. Ilan Cohen’s femtosecond laser of choice is the Ziemer FEMTO LDV™ (Ziemer Group, Port, Switzerland), which is the newest and most advanced FS laser approved by the FDA (2008). With a beam that is faster but less intense than conventional FS lasers, this innovative high-frequency technology allows more flexibility in flap cutting, improves safety to the highest level, and promotes faster healing and better patient comfort.

Dr. Cohen prefers the Ziemer FEMTO LDV™ for its tremendous level of control and unprecedented precision, and believes that the laser’s advantages lead to the best results for his patients. The laser’s proprietary cutting process results in better visualization and effortless separation of the flap, and enables the surgeon to begin the excimer laser ablation process immediately. This saves time and minimizes exposure of the stroma (the middle layer of the cornea). The laser’s ability to create ultra-thin flaps can also be effective for patients who are not ordinarily laser surgery candidates, such as those with thin corneas or extreme myopia.

When compared to other femtosecond lasers, the Ziemer FEMTO LDV™:

  • is small, mobile and easily fits under excimer lasers, eliminating the need to move the patient
  • reduces procedure time by being 3 to 5 times faster than all other FS lasers
  • is more gentle to the corneal tissue
  • reduces discomfort, inflammation and the risk of unwanted nighttime side effects
  • is more precise, more predictable and safer
  • has a shorter recovery period
  • is more likely to achieve 20/20 or better vision

While some doctors argue that lasers are better than blades for cutting corneal flaps, both types of LASIK surgery are successful and achieve comparable results. Traditional blade LASIK with a microkeratome is widely believed to be faster and more comfortable for most patients. On the other hand, bladeless LASIK is often considered more precise and less risky.

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