“Dr. Belmont,
you are the greatest!”

–Jimmy Fallon
Host, ‘The Tonight Show’

“Dr. Belmont,
Thank you so much.
I can see, thanks to you!”

–Regis Philbin
Host, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’

“Thank you, Dr. Sandra Belmont
for your gifted surgical skills and
knowledge in making the world
a brighter place for so many of us.”

–Mandy Patinkin,
Actor. Star, ‘Homeland'

“This is the best
thing I’ve ever done!”

–Colin Quinn
Comedian, Actor

    Experience the life-changing benefits of having LASIK surgery with Dr. Sandra Belmont, one of the first investigators in the U.S. to participate in FDA trials examining the use of excimer lasers in LASIK.

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    Belmont Eye Center is proud to offer no-cut LASIK surgery, an excellent vision correction treatment option for patients who were previously disqualified from having LASIK due to extremely thin corneas.

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    Stop experiencing life as though you are peering through a murky haze. With cataract surgery, Dr. Belmont eliminates your bothersome cataracts, so you can see life clearly again.

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Manhattan laser eye surgeon Dr. Sandra Belmont performs lasik surgery on New York City celebrity, Jimmy Fallon.

"You did it, Dr. Belmont! You are the best!"

-Jimmy Fallon.  Host, The Tonight Show.

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Sandra Belmont, MD, a highly regarded, board certified ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon, has helped tens of thousands of New York patients achieve clear vision without glasses. An undisputed leader in her field, as evidenced by the name recognition of many of her patients, Dr. Belmont has performed over 40,000 eye procedures to date and counting. She is deeply committed to providing the best possible vision correction results for each and every one of her Manhattan LASIK eye surgery patients. Trusted for her impeccable care and medical knowledge, Dr. Belmont will walk you, the patient, through the process of your LASIK/No-Cut LASIK treatment and design a plan that is best suited to your unique vision correction needs.

Dr. James Wynne, co-inventor of the excimer laser for laser eye surgery, has stated that, “The reason I chose Dr. Belmont to perform laser vision correction on my son is because she is by far the most meticulous; a direct consequence of her training as a cornea transplant surgeon, where attention to detail is paramount. As a co-inventor of the excimer laser, I had the opportunity to observe and interview many of the other laser vision surgeons in NYC.”

Dr. Belmont has been at the leading edge of development in laser vision correction from the field’s inception. She was among a select group of eye surgeons — the first in the U.S. — to participate in the original FDA evaluations of the excimer laser for laser eye surgery, PRK and LASIK. As such, she is superbly proficient with all the latest technology and techniques.


Sandra Belmont, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Director, Resident Refractive Surgical Ed/Laser Vision Correction

Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Langone New York University School of Medicine

Founding Director, Weill Cornell Laser Vision Center

LASK NYC, Eye Care, Ophthalmologist

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Regis Philbin’s LASIK Treatment at Belmont Eye Center

"Dear Dr. Belmont,

I can see!! Thank you so much!"

-Regis Philbin.

Host, Live with Regis and Kelly.

Laser vision correction, October, 2006.

With more than 25 years at the forefront of refractive surgery Dr. Belmont, is recognized for contributions that have helped to popularize laser vision correction.

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Why Choose Dr. Sandra Belmont for Corrective Eye Surgery?

A renowned ophthalmologist who is sought after by patients from all parts of the globe, Dr. Belmont is also a coveted lecturer and recipient of numerous awards, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Award for Distinguished Services and the Richard C. Troutman, M.D., Master Teacher Award in Ophthalmology for “her contributions in making laser vision correction the safe and popular procedure that it has become.” Through her highly competitive, one-year corneal fellowship program, Dr. Belmont has trained and mentored 17 cornea-specialist Fellows to date. The fellowship focuses on cornea transplantation surgery and laser vision correction. Doctors that she has trained have gone on to work throughout the U.S. to protect and restore eyesight and bring the gift of sight to countless patients.

At Belmont Eye Center, Dr. Belmont’s state-of-the-art LASIK facility located on 121 East 61st Street (Tel. 212.486.2020), Dr. Belmont utilizes advanced laser technology to help patients achieve dramatically improved vision. The LASIK and advanced surface ablation procedures offered by Dr. Belmont are a highly effective way to restore clear vision for patients suffering from cataracts, corneal diseases, presbyopia and other common vision problems.

Dr. Sandra Belmont is a trusted surgeon who is recognized by her peers as one of the leading experts in the development of PRK and LASIK. For more, see Reasons to Choose Dr. Belmont.

“Laser vision correction was approved by the FDA as a safe and effective procedure in the mid-nineties. I was one of New York City’s principal investigators in the FDA studies that led to the approval for PRK and LASIK. Since then, more than 40 million people worldwide have been treated to date and counting. Laser vision correction is one of the most performed elective surgical procedures on the planet.”
-Sandra Belmont, MD

Overview of LASIK and PRK

Lasik and PRK are the two most popular types of laser vision correction procedures. Designed as one-time treatments to improve vision, laser vision correction eliminates or greatly reduces the dependency on glasses or contact lenses for patients who are nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatic or presbyopic. The out-patient procedure utilizes the excimer laser, an extremely precise computerized device that produces a blue beam of laser light that is cool to the touch and specifically tuned to reshape the collagen matrix of the cornea with exceptional accuracy. The cornea is the clear, outermost part of the eye that is largely responsible for our ability to focus at distance.

LASIK, an acronym for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, was for many years the procedure of choice in laser vision correction as it was able to treat most patients. LASIK differs from PRK mainly because in a LASIK procedure, a microkeratome or a femto-second laser is used as a first step, to make a tiny hinged flap at a depth of about 1/5th of the cornea’s thickness in order to access the stromal bed below the cornea’s outermost skin layer. The stroma is then painlessly reshaped by the same excimer laser that is used for PRK. After the laser has finished reshaping the stroma, the hinged surface flap is put back as a cover, where it remains fixed in place by the eye’s own hydrostatic pressure. LASIK’s popularity for the better part of a decade was due to the fact that it allowed for the treatment of most types of refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. As LASIK requires cutting the cornea in order to make a flap, patients at risk for dry eye were forewarned about the need for lubricating drops for some time post-operatively, until the cornea is once again enervated. Patients with corneas that were a bit on the thin side were also ruled out as viable candidates for LASIK.

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PRK, an acronym for photo-refractive keratectomy, is an outpatient surgical procedure that uses the excimer laser to painlessly change the shape of the cornea (the clear, outermost part of the eye). The laser sculptures the cornea very precisely so that light entering the eye will come into sharp focus on the retina (in the back of the eye), eliminating the need of corrective glasses or contact lenses.

A predecessor to LASIK, PRK was first approved by the FDA for the treatment of low to moderate degrees of nearsightedness in December of 1995. In a PRK procedure, the outermost surface cells of the cornea are removed, after which an excimer laser is used to permanently reshape the stromal layer of the cornea and correct for nearsightedness. This circumvents the need for doing any cutting at all and provides PRK with a superior safety profile to LASIK. The surface cells on the cornea grow back very quickly, in just a few days, and the patient is unburdened of his or her need for corrective glasses or contacts. The initial limitations of PRK as a procedure for nominally to moderately nearsighted individuals led to the development of LASIK as an alternative to address most other refractive errors including: high degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. As a consequence, PRK was replaced by LASIK for some time, as the procedure of choice. In the ensuing years, PRK has evolved and now ADVANCED PRK (also referred to as Advanced Surface Ablation or ASA) can treat most refractive errors. The fact that PRK is a no-cut procedure makes it very patient friendly. PRK also circumvents most other shortcomings in a LASIK procedure. At present, many surgeons are routinely performing Advanced PRK and forgoing the older LASIK procedures. If you would like to learn more about LASIK or PRK surgery, visit our LASIK FAQ page.

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Do you qualify for laser vision correction?

PRK, LASIK and their laser vision correction variants are all FDA approved for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia for patients that wish to be unburdened of a dependence on glasses and contact lenses. A comprehensive, thorough examination is effected during your initial consultation to insure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. The exam rules out anything that may disqualify you from benefiting from the treatment. Some conditions that may disqualify a patient include but are not limited to: a visually significant cataract, unusually thin, or unusually shaped corneas, retinal conditions that hinder one’s visual acuity and are not correctable with glasses or contacts, etc… Once all of these have been ruled out, the diagnosis can be limited to either nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia. These manifest as a consequence of the shape of the eye, where the eye is too long or too short (nearsightedness and farsightedness, respectively), or where the cornea is shaped more like a football than a baseball (as is the case for astigmatism). Presbyopia, the age related inability to focus at near that develops as we reach our fifties can also be addressed with laser vision correction. Dr. Belmont will discuss the LASIK or PRK procedure that is best suited for each patient and explain in detail what to expect during and immediately following the treatment as the patients heal post-operatively. There is no sensation in the course of undergoing a LASIK or PRK procedure and typically, most patients are able to return to work and driving in a matter of days.

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