LASIK Eye Surgery

At NY LASIK, we are proud to be the leading provider of LASIK surgery in New York City, serving NYC patients in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Tri-State area. Utilizing the most advanced technology, our expert LASIK surgeons provide personalized laser vision correction solutions for our patients. We are dedicated to ensuring that every patient receives exceptional care and outstanding results.

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How Does LASIK Work?

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is an FDA-approved laser eye surgery designed to correct common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.1 This procedure works by reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, to improve how light is focused onto the retina, resulting in clearer vision.

During the LASIK vision correction procedure, a precise laser is used to create a thin flap in the cornea. The underlying corneal tissue is then reshaped to address refractive errors:

  • Myopia (Nearsightedness): Caused by a cornea that is too curved.
  • Hyperopia (Farsightedness): Caused by a cornea that is too flat.
  • Astigmatism: Caused by an irregularly shaped cornea.

These refractive errors distort how light rays are focused onto the retina, leading to blurred or distorted vision. By adjusting the shape of the cornea, LASIK corrects these imperfections, allowing for sharper vision.

LASIK is a quick and effective surgery, with many patients noticing significant improvement in their vision almost immediately after the procedure. Impressively, nearly 92.6% of patients who undergo LASIK with the Contoura WaveLight® topographic-guided laser system we employ achieve 20/20 vision or better.2

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Benefits of LASIK

There are numerous potential benefits of LASIK, including:

  • Improved Vision: LASIK can significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
  • Successful Outcomes: LASIK has a high satisfaction rate, with most patients achieving excellent vision. 90% of patients report that they are extremely satisfied with their LASIK surgery results.3
  • Quick and Convenient: LASIK provides rapid results and a short recovery period, allowing you to quickly return to your daily activities without major interruptions.
  • Enhanced Quality of Life: Patients often experience greater ease and enjoyment when playing sports, working, traveling, and engaging in other activities.
  • Increased Confidence: For those who dislike wearing glasses, LASIK can enhance self-esteem and boost confidence.
  • Proven Safety: LASIK is a well-established procedure with a strong track record of safety and effectiveness, offering peace of mind for those seeking vision correction.4

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Who is a Good Candidate for LASIK?

If you are 18 years of age or older, have stable vision and generally good eye health, you might be a great candidate for LASIK. You should not be pregnant or nursing. Your eye doctor will perform a thorough examination prior to surgery to ensure all the appropriate criteria are met.

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What Happens After?

Recovery is similar to that of traditional LASIK. Following surgery, some people (as with traditional LASIK) have reported feeling eye irritation for up to two days.

Study results have shown that a bladeless procedure may produce a lower incidence of dry eye after LASIK. Fewer enhancement (“touch-up”) procedures seem to be required when bladeless LASIK is performed. Dr. Bley says that thin flap microkeratome LASIK also now has a lower incidence of dry eyes.

Contoura™ Vision LASIK Technology

At NY LASIK, we are proud to offer the latest in vision correction technology with the Contoura WaveLight® topographic-guided laser system. Contoura is among the most advanced laser systems available in the U.S. for treating nearsightedness and nearsightedness with astigmatism. This system has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Contoura FDA Study Results

  • 92.6% of eyes achieved 20/20 vision or better
  • 64.8% experienced 20/16 vision or better
  • 34.4% could see 20/12.5 or better5

FDA studies have shown that Contoura technology provides superior outcomes compared to previous FDA studies for myopia and myopic astigmatism. Clinical trials conducted by Alcon, a global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, revealed that 12 months post-surgery, 92.6% of eyes treated with topography-guided LASIK achieved 20/20 vision or better, 64.8% saw 20/16 or better, and 34.4% reached 20/12.5 or better. The studies also indicated a significant reduction in side effects commonly associated with LASIK, such as light sensitivity, nighttime driving difficulties, and glare.

The Contoura Vision procedure utilizes Alcon’s WaveLight EX500 excimer Laser Systems in combination with the WaveLight Topolyzer Vario Diagnostic Device. This innovative laser system captures incredibly detailed corneal maps with 22,000 data points. By analyzing these aberrations and corneal irregularities, LASIK surgeons can perform a highly personalized laser treatment tailored to the unique topography of each patient’s eye.

Why Choose NY LASIK?

At NY LASIK, we are dedicated to providing unparalleled vision correction services. Our unique LASIK Triple Commitment Plan sets us apart as the only LASIK surgeon’s office in the tri-state area to offer such a comprehensive program. Here’s what our Triple Commitment includes:

  • 20/20 or Free Adjustment Written Commitment: For patients undergoing Contoura, our topography-guided LASIK treatment, we guarantee 20/20 vision or you receive free LASIK. You must sign a written consent before surgery, and if you do not achieve 20/20 vision during the 18-month aftercare period, you will be provided with free LASIK. This commitment applies to individuals who participate in our free check-ups and have a healthy visual system, excluding conditions caused by injury or vision-limiting diseases not related to laser vision correction.
  • Lifetime Assurance Plan: Designed to maintain optimal vision, this plan includes a no-charge enhancement if the desired correction is not achieved initially, provided that Dr. Bley and the Vision Partner deem a second procedure beneficial. To be eligible, there is an additional fee of $500 per eye, payable before the procedure. Continuous coverage requires annual eye exams documented by an optometrist. Our goal is to ensure you achieve and maintain the best possible vision throughout your life.
  • Price Match Guarantee: We are committed to offering the best value for your LASIK procedure. If you receive a lower quote from a legitimate LASIK provider with similar technology after an official LASIK evaluation, bring the written quote to us within seven business days, and we will match the price. This guarantee ensures you receive the best possible surgeon and LASIK experience for your money.

At NY LASIK, patient satisfaction and a lifetime of quality eye care are at the heart of our mission. By choosing us, you can be confident in receiving exceptional care, outstanding results, and a lifetime commitment to your vision.

Preparing for LASIK

Preparing for LASIK is an important step to ensure optimal results. Here’s what you need to know:

During Your Consultation

  • Comprehensive Evaluation: Your consultation will include an eye exam, vision assessment, and a review of your medications and medical history. You’ll discuss your lifestyle and vision goals with our ophthalmologist to determine if LASIK is the right solution for you.
  • Questions and Answers: This is your opportunity to ask any questions and feel confident about your decision to undergo LASIK vision correction surgery.
  • Pre-and Post-Operative Care: Learn about preparing for LASIK as well as what you can expect during the recovery period.
  • Patient Financing Program: If you are interested in our patient financing program, please let us know as soon as possible to expedite your paperwork.

Before Your LASIK Consultation

  • Contact Lenses: Discontinue wearing contact lenses prior to your consultation to avoid inaccurate measurements.
    • Hard/Gas Perm Lens Wearers: Stop wearing lenses at least 2 weeks before your consultation.
    • Soft Lens Wearers: Stop wearing lenses at least 3-5 days before your consultation.

Pre-Surgery Instructions

  • Medications: Inform us if you are taking Accutane, Imitrex, or Cordarone, as these medications may delay your surgery.
  • Avoid Antihistamines and Decongestants: Refrain from taking these medications one week prior to surgery, as they can dry out your eyes.
  • Pregnancy: LASIK is contraindicated during pregnancy. Please inform us if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Three Days Before LASIK Surgery

  • No Make-Up or Lotions: Avoid using make-up, creams, or lotions three days before and on the day of surgery. For optimal results, discontinue eye make-up one week before surgery.
  • Lid Scrubs: Cleanse your eyelids with a baby shampoo and water solution for one week prior to surgery, but not on the day of surgery. Detailed instructions will be provided.

Day of Surgery

  • Medication and Drops: Pick up your prescribed antibiotics, anti-inflammatory eye drops, and preservative-free artificial tears from the pharmacy a few days before surgery.
  • Transportation: Arrange for transportation home after the surgery, as you will not be able to drive immediately following the procedure.
  • Personal Care: Arrive with a clean face, free of make-up, lotions, or perfumes. Do not wear contact lenses or any jewelry.

Proper preparation is key to a smooth surgery and optimal healing. Following these guidelines will help ensure the best possible outcome from your LASIK procedure.

The LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure

The LASIK procedure at NY LASIK is performed using advanced laser technology in our state-of-the-art surgical suite. When you arrive, you’ll be offered a relaxing oral medication to help you feel at ease. Anesthetic eye drops will be administered to numb your eyes, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure.

Your eye surgeon will use the Wavelight® FS200 femtosecond laser to create a precise flap in the cornea’s top layer. The flap is gently lifted, and the Wavelight® EX500 excimer laser is then used to reshape the underlying corneal tissue. This step corrects refractive errors with extreme precision. Once the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is repositioned back to its original place. The flap will naturally adhere without the need for sutures.

The entire LASIK procedure for both eyes typically takes about 10-15 minutes.

Recovery After LASIK Eye Surgery

After your LASIK surgery, you will want to go home and rest for the remainder of the day. You may experience some discomfort, light sensitivity, watery eyes, and blurred vision immediately after the procedure. This is normal, and over-the-counter medications, cold compresses, and artificial tears can improve your comfort.

Most patients feel comfortable returning to work and regular non-strenuous activities the following day. However, it’s important not to rub and to stay away from activities for at least 7 days. Swimming should be avoided for about one month.

Dry eyes are a common side effect after LASIK. Staying hydrated and using lubricating eye drops as recommended can significantly alleviate dry eye symptoms. You will be provided with eye shields to wear while sleeping, as well as prescription eye drops to aid in the healing process.

You will attend a number of follow-up visits at our office so that your eye surgeon can monitor your progress after LASIK surgery. The first follow-up visit will typically be the day after your surgery. During these visits, we will ensure your eyes are healing properly and address any concerns you may have.

By following these guidelines and attending your follow-up appointments, you can help ensure a smooth recovery and optimal results from your LASIK procedure.

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How Much Does LASIK Cost?

LASIK is a long-term investment in clear vision that often saves our patients money compared to the ongoing costs of glasses and contact lenses. Beyond the financial savings, many of our patients find that the improvement in their quality of life after LASIK is invaluable.

Before your surgery, we will review the cost of your specific LASIK treatment plan in detail. Additionally, we offer flexible and convenient payment options to help make LASIK more accessible. Our team is here to assist you in understanding these options and choosing the best plan for your needs.

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Vision Correction Surgery Comparison Chart

At NY LASIK, we pride ourselves on the extensive expertise Dr. Bley brings to a range of refractive procedures in addition to LASIK. Having successfully completed over 30,000 vision correction surgeries, Dr. Bley tailors each treatment plan to address the unique vision needs of our patients.

Long-Term Vision OutcomesExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent
Recovery TimeQuickQuickQuickQuick
Procedure Duration10-15 Minutes10-15 Minutes15-20 Minutes5-10 Minutes
Treats NearsightednessYes up to -12DYes up to -10DYes up to -20DYes up to -15D
Treats Extreme PrescriptionsNoNoYesYes
Treats AstigmatismYesYesYesYes
Treat FarsightednessYesNoNoYes
Ok for Thin CorneasNoNoYesYes
Can Treat Presbyopia
(Near Vision Loss After 40)
Yes with
Monovision/Blended Vision
Yes with
Monovision/Blended Vision



According to the American Refractive Surgery Council, fewer than 1% of LASIK procedures experience complications.6 While LASIK boasts an exceptionally low complication rate, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and side effects associated with any surgical procedure. The American Academy of Ophthalmology identifies the most common side effects of LASIK as:

  • Dry eyes
  • Halos, glare, and starbursts at night
  • Double vision
  • Over- or under-correction of refractive errors
  • Dislocation of the corneal flap
  • Light sensitivity

To ensure a favorable outcome from your LASIK surgery, it is crucial to choose a highly experienced eye doctor. At NY LASIK, our skilled surgeons are dedicated to providing the highest level of care and precision to minimize risks and achieve the best possible results.

Your eye will be anesthetized with eye drops so you will feel no pain during the surgery. You might feel some discomfort during the early part of the recovery period, but you should not experience pain.

Most patients are able to return to work the day after the surgery.

There are several factors, which determine your visual acuity after LASIK. Prior to surgery your LASIK surgeon will be able to give you a very good estimate as to what your vision will be after surgery.

Most people need reading glasses after they turn 40 years of age whether you are nearsighted or farsighted. However, your eye surgeon has the ability to keep one eye slightly nearsighted so you won’t need reading glasses. This is called monovision.

Since it is considered elective, insurance generally does not cover LASIK. However, we have many attractive financing options available to our patients. You can also use funds from a medical spending account such as an HSA or FSA to help cover the cost of LASIK.

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Ready to take the next step towards clear vision with premier LASIK in New York City? Schedule a consultation with our expert surgeons at NY LASIK today. We proudly serve patients in NYC, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and throughout the Tri-State area. Contact us now to begin your journey to better vision and discover the benefits of our advanced LASIK technology and personalized care.

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4 Refractive Surgery Council. Is LASIK Safe? What You Need to Know. Available: Accessed May 17, 2024.
5 FDA Clinical Trials. Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Addendum Procedure Manual T-CAT Topography-Guided Treatments. Accessed May 17, 2024.
6 American Refractive Surgery Council. LASIK Complications and LASIK Eye Surgery Risks. Available: Accessed May 17, 2024.
7 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Facts About LASIK Complications. Available: Accessed May 17, 2024.