LASIK Specialist

Cliffside Laser Eye and Cataract Center

Richard Levine, MD

Cataract and LASIK Surgeon & Ophthalmologist serving in Cliffside Park, North Bergen, and Fort Lee, NJ

LASIK laser surgery corrects vision problems during a quick in-office appointment. The elective procedure allows many people to forgo the need for glasses or contacts. If you’re at least 18 years old and have had stable vision for at least the past year, you may be a prime candidate. Richard Levine, MD is pleased to provide LASIK to patients in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. To book a free consultation, call Cliffside Laser Eye and Cataract Center, or use the convenient online scheduler.


What is LASIK?

LASIK is a procedure that uses an FDA-approved laser tool to improve vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The outpatient procedure takes only about 15 minutes and usually brings marked improvements the same day. Dr. Levine uses iLASIK, also called all-laser LASIK, which uses multiple cutting-edge technologies for maximum comfort, safety, and results.

How does LASIK work?

During the procedure, Dr. Levine uses the laser to reshape your corneas, improving how your eyes focus. Although flattening the cornea improves far vision, steepening its curve improves near vision. Smoothing out any irregularities reduces astigmatism.

What is the LASIK procedure like?

You’ll sit in a comfortable surgical chair throughout the entire procedure, which will include the following steps and sensations:

  • Dr. Levine will add drops to your eyes to numb them. You may also receive additional medication to feel more relaxed.
  • Once your eyes are fully numb, he’ll carefully secure your eyelids open with a special instrument. You may experience mild pressure on your eyes because of the device used to stabilize them.
  • Next Dr. Levine will create a thin flap in your cornea, which may temporarily cause blurry vision.
  • He’ll then use a laser to direct light pulses to reshape your corneas. Again you may feel mild pressure, but no pain.
  • Lastly, Dr. Levine will reposition the flap in your cornea. This will stay in place and heal on its own within hours of your procedure.

What happens after the LASIK procedure?

After your laser eye surgery, Dr. Levine will examine your eyes, and then you can go home. You won’t be able to drive, however, so arrange for a ride in advance. It’s normal to feel some discomfort afterward, such as an itching or burning sensation. You may also produce more tears than usual. Many people nap or rest during this time, and later the same day feel and see much better.

Within eight hours, your vision will likely be normal — not your old normal, but with improved vision. Additional improvements may develop over time. In some cases, it takes several months for the full benefits of LASIK to unfold.

Follow Dr. Levine’s aftercare instructions, which may include wearing protective goggles at night while your eyes heal as well as returning for follow-up exams to track your progress.

*Individual results may vary.