Laser Corrective Surgery In New York City

Did you know? You can have LASIK for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and if
you wear reading glasses?

"I strongly recommend Dr. Rapoport if you are considering LASIK, or if you are simply in need of a great eye doctor."

MJ / New York



Both LASIK and PRK are laser eye surgery procedures to reshape the surface of your eye to correct your vision so that you no longer have to wear contact lenses or glasses.

What Is LASIK?

For you to see clearly, light rays must travel through your cornea and lens. The cornea and lens refract the light so it lands on the retina. The retina turns light into signals that travel to your brain and become images. With refractive errors, the shape of your cornea or lens keeps light from bending properly. When light is not focused on the retina as it should be, your vision is blurry. With LASIK and PRK, we use a laser to change the shape of your cornea. This improves the way light rays are focused on the retina.

Am I a qualified candidate for LASIK?

To have LASIK or PRK, you need to meet certain requirements. Here are some of them:
  • You should be 18 years or older (ideally, over 21 years old, when vision is more likely to have stopped changing).
  • Your eye prescription should not have changed in the last year.
  • Your refractive error (prescription) must be one that can be treated with LASIK/PRK.
  • Your corneas need to be healthy and your overall eye health must be good.
  • Some people are not candidates for LASIK/PRK. They include people with:
  • Unstable (changing) refractive error
  • Extreme levels of myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism
  • Skin or other disease that can affect healing
  • A history of excessive scarring
  • Severe dry eye
  • Corneas that are too thin
  • Cornea abrasions or disease
  • Advanced glaucoma
  • A cataract affecting vision
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Pregnant or nursing women
  • Keratoconus (cone-shaped cornea)
  • Family history of a corneal transplant/corneal disease


Send us your the self-assessment found below to find out about your candidacy.

What Should I know Before My Evaluation?

If you are coming in for a refractive evaluation, you should refrain from wearing your soft contact lenses for 10 days prior, your soft toric (astigmatism-correcting) soft contact lenses for two weeks prior and your rigid gas-permeable lenses for three weeks prior, or possibly longer. During the evaluation, we will obtain multiple images and measurements of your corneas.

Both LASIK and PRK are performed at a laser center. No systemic anesthesia is required.

What Should I Expect During LASIK Surgery?

During LASIK surgery, your eye is first numbed with eyedrops. An eyelid holder is placed on your eye to keep you from blinking. A suction ring is then applied to the eye to raise the eye pressure and keep it from moving. The IntraLase laser is then used to create a paper-thin corneal flap. The flap is then opened like the page of a book to expose tissue just below the corneal surface. Next, the excimer laser is used to remove ultra-thin layers from the cornea to reshape it. The laser will have been preprogrammed with specific measurements for your eye. Finally, the flap is placed back into its original position and the edges are smoothed down. The flap attaches on its own in two to three minutes, where it will heal in place. A see-through shield is placed over the eye, which you sleep with for a few days. The day of the procedure, you should plan to go home and take a nap or relax after the surgery. Your eyes may feel scratchy or like they are burning for a couple of days. Recovery after LASIK surgery typically requires a few day.





LASIK with Dr. Rapoport in NYC

Dr. Rapoport is a leading expert in refractive surgery, having published and spoken nationally, and appeared on Dr. Oz and Inside Edition. She underwent LASIK herself 14 years ago and is therefore better equipped to provide counseling and guidance. At Manhattan Eye, we perform customized imaging and testing to ensure you have the safest and most precise treatment. Dr. Rapoport has an extensive in-depth discussion regarding an individualized plan for each patient. Dr. Rapoport brings years of expertise on the IntraLase laser, VISX, and Alcon Contoura and the latest technology in custom laser correction to each patient.