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Welcome to St. Mary’s Eye & Surgery Center

We are a one-stop total eye-care center.  We specialize in refractive surgery (LASIK & PRK), cataract surgery, corneal transplants, and surgical and non-surgical treatments of eye conditions that result from glaucoma, diabetes, uveitis, dry eyes and macular degeneration.  We also perform reconstructive and cosmetic eyelid surgery to treat eyelid malposition, eyelid tumors, and to restore function and appearance of the eye.   

We utilize the state-of-the-art technology, including WaveLight Allegretto Excimer Laser, LenSx Femtosecond Laser, Humphrey Zeiss/Nidek Auto Refractor, Lombart Full Ophthalmic Lane, LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation, and LipiView Ocular Surface Interferometer.  

We are committed to providing the highest quality of patient care, from pre-operative to post-operative visits.  We have certified technicians on-site to assist the surgeons during the procedures and medical receptionists to assist the patients in scheduling appointments and coordinating with the doctors.  

The Ambulatory Surgical Center is conveniently located adjacent to St. Mary’s.  Patients may feel free to explore the area and ask questions during their visits to St. Mary’s for their pre-operative doctor’s appointments.  Our goal is to provide a warm and comforting environment for the patients. 

Major Credit Card

We accept

  • VISA
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • American Express

Unicorn Financial

  • Cash Plan
  • 12 Months Financing Option
  • 0% Interest

It’s easy to apply:
Fill out our confidential application. We will contact you with our response within 24 hours.
Apply today and be on your way to achieving your desired results!
If you have questions please call us toll-free at 1-888-519-6111.

Vision Fee Plan (VFP)

It’s easy to apply:
Fill out our confidential application. We will contact you with our response within 24 hours.
Apply today and be on your way to achieving your desired results!
If you have questions please call us toll-free at 1-888-519-6111.

  • No initial payment
  • Low monthly payments
  • Low fixed rates
  • No prepayment penalty

INSURANCE OPTIONS

PPO Plan only, No Direct Access:

  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Empire BCBS
  • Child HealthPlus
  • Cigna Healthcare
  • First Health
  • GHI
  • Health Net
  • Mulitplan
  • Oxford Healthcare
  • PHCS
  • New England One Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • VSP (Vision Service Plan)
  • Well Choice
  • Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare

If you do not see your insurance plan here, please contact our administration office to verify that we accept your type of insurance.

FAQ

Q. Can I have both eyes treated the same day?

A. It has been shown by a series of patients that the treatment of both eyes on the same day is just as safe and effective as having the surgery done one eye at a time. Same day treatment is preferred by the majority of our LASIK patients for added convenience, quicker visual recovery, and less time away from work. However, the preference of our patients will guide us in the treatment plan.

Q. How fast will my vision recover?

A. Following LASIK, improvement of vision starts immediately. Most patients will experience tremendous improvement by the next morning. The majority of patients achieve 20/20 or better vision overnight (legal driving vision requirement in most states, including New York). Some tearing and a mild sensation of having an eyelash in the eye is normal and to be expected the day of the procedure. The first follow-up visit is scheduled for the following day, at which time Dr. Niksarli ensures that your healing is progressing normally. Eye drops are used for 6 to 10 days, and protective eye shields are recommended for 2 nights. Visual recovery is slower after PRK, and functional vision is achieved after 3 to 5 days, after which point the recovery continues on a daily basis over the following weeks.

Q. Is Laser Vision Correction permanent?

A. Laser vision correction results in a permanent change to the shape of the cornea. However, laser vision correction will not prevent age related conditions such as presbyopia (the need for reading glasses), cataracts, or glaucoma. These conditions would still be treated in their normal manner.

Q. Who is a candidate for LASIK?

A. The best candidates for LASIK are at least 18 years of age, in good health, with no eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, and keratoconus. Candidates should also be free of certain health problems including poorly controlled diabetes, auto-immune or collagen vascular diseases. Since hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, pregnant or nursing women are not ideal candidates for laser vision correction.

Q. Is LASIK covered by insurance?

A. LASIK is considered to be an elective procedure and is therefore not covered by most health insurance plans. However, some insurance companies cover the procedure, and we would be happy to check for you with your insurance carrier at the time of your consultation.

Q. Has anyone ever lost vision as a result of LASIK surgery?

A. Out of millions of procedures performed worldwide over the last 10 years, there are no documented cases of anyone losing sight as result of LASIK.

Q. Are there any risks involved with LASIK?

A. Like any other medical procedure, LASIK does carry some risk. A few of the potential risks include under-correction, over-correction, flap wrinkles, dry eyes, irritation, irregular astigmatism, night glare, starburst, halos, ghosting, shadowing, infection and inflammation. These complications are in most cases treatable with eye drops or a second procedure, and usually improve over time as the eye heals. Therefore, it is essential to follow up with all the post-LASIK appointments to diagnose and treat any complications in a timely fashion. For a more detailed list of risks involved with LASIK surgery, ask your physician on the day of your consultation. To view a sample consent form, click here.

+ Payment

Major Credit Card

We accept

  • VISA
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • American Express

Unicorn Financial

  • Cash Plan
  • 12 Months Financing Option
  • 0% Interest

It’s easy to apply:
Fill out our confidential application. We will contact you with our response within 24 hours.
Apply today and be on your way to achieving your desired results!
If you have questions please call us toll-free at 1-888-519-6111.

Vision Fee Plan (VFP)

It’s easy to apply:
Fill out our confidential application. We will contact you with our response within 24 hours.
Apply today and be on your way to achieving your desired results!
If you have questions please call us toll-free at 1-888-519-6111.

  • No initial payment
  • Low monthly payments
  • Low fixed rates
  • No prepayment penalty

INSURANCE OPTIONS

PPO Plan only, No Direct Access:

  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Empire BCBS
  • Child HealthPlus
  • Cigna Healthcare
  • First Health
  • GHI
  • Health Net
  • Mulitplan
  • Oxford Healthcare
  • PHCS
  • New England One Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • VSP (Vision Service Plan)
  • Well Choice
  • Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare

If you do not see your insurance plan here, please contact our administration office to verify that we accept your type of insurance.

+ FAQ

FAQ

Q. Can I have both eyes treated the same day?

A. It has been shown by a series of patients that the treatment of both eyes on the same day is just as safe and effective as having the surgery done one eye at a time. Same day treatment is preferred by the majority of our LASIK patients for added convenience, quicker visual recovery, and less time away from work. However, the preference of our patients will guide us in the treatment plan.

Q. How fast will my vision recover?

A. Following LASIK, improvement of vision starts immediately. Most patients will experience tremendous improvement by the next morning. The majority of patients achieve 20/20 or better vision overnight (legal driving vision requirement in most states, including New York). Some tearing and a mild sensation of having an eyelash in the eye is normal and to be expected the day of the procedure. The first follow-up visit is scheduled for the following day, at which time Dr. Niksarli ensures that your healing is progressing normally. Eye drops are used for 6 to 10 days, and protective eye shields are recommended for 2 nights. Visual recovery is slower after PRK, and functional vision is achieved after 3 to 5 days, after which point the recovery continues on a daily basis over the following weeks.

Q. Is Laser Vision Correction permanent?

A. Laser vision correction results in a permanent change to the shape of the cornea. However, laser vision correction will not prevent age related conditions such as presbyopia (the need for reading glasses), cataracts, or glaucoma. These conditions would still be treated in their normal manner.

Q. Who is a candidate for LASIK?

A. The best candidates for LASIK are at least 18 years of age, in good health, with no eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, and keratoconus. Candidates should also be free of certain health problems including poorly controlled diabetes, auto-immune or collagen vascular diseases. Since hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, pregnant or nursing women are not ideal candidates for laser vision correction.

Q. Is LASIK covered by insurance?

A. LASIK is considered to be an elective procedure and is therefore not covered by most health insurance plans. However, some insurance companies cover the procedure, and we would be happy to check for you with your insurance carrier at the time of your consultation.

Q. Has anyone ever lost vision as a result of LASIK surgery?

A. Out of millions of procedures performed worldwide over the last 10 years, there are no documented cases of anyone losing sight as result of LASIK.

Q. Are there any risks involved with LASIK?

A. Like any other medical procedure, LASIK does carry some risk. A few of the potential risks include under-correction, over-correction, flap wrinkles, dry eyes, irritation, irregular astigmatism, night glare, starburst, halos, ghosting, shadowing, infection and inflammation. These complications are in most cases treatable with eye drops or a second procedure, and usually improve over time as the eye heals. Therefore, it is essential to follow up with all the post-LASIK appointments to diagnose and treat any complications in a timely fashion. For a more detailed list of risks involved with LASIK surgery, ask your physician on the day of your consultation. To view a sample consent form, click here.

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Contact

NJ Office

540 Bergen Blvd.
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
Tel: 201-461-3970 

Flushing Office

136-33 37th Ave #4CD,
Flushing, NY 11354
Tel: 718-661-3800 

Mantattan Office

235 Park Ave South 2FL,
New York, NY 10003
Tel: 888-792-2020 

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Doctors

Dr. Daniel Kim (Cornea Specialist)

– Medical Director: St. Mary’s Ambulatory Surgical Center
– Board member: Vision Care Service Organization
– Specialty Board: American Board of Ophthalmology
– Fellowship: Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Cornea
– Residency: NYU Medical Center, Ophthalmology
– Medical School: NYU Medical School- M. D.
– College: Cornell University- B.A.

Doctor Daniel Kim is a board certified ophthalmologist and corneal specialist, He practices in Palisades Park, New Jersey, Manhattan, and Flushing, New York. Dr. Kim is the Medical Director of St. Mary’s Ambulatory Surgical Center: a LASIC center and an outpatient surgery center for cataract, glaucoma, corneal tranplants, and other eye conditions.

Dr. Kim believes in quality patient care while utilizing the best and the latest technology and equipment. He is a highly trained cornea specialist with over 20 years of experience.

Dr. Sangwoo Lee (Retina Specialist)

– Asst. Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
– Team Ophthalmologist, NY Mets, NY Knicks
– Specialty Board, American Board of Ophthalmology
– Fellowship: New York Presbyterian Cornell Medical Center,
– Vitreo Retinal Disease and Surgery
– Residency: New York Presbyterian Cornell Medical Center, Ophthalmology
– Medical School: Brown University Medical School- M.D.
– College: Dartmouth College- B.A.

Dr. Brian Cho (Optometrist)

– Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry- F.A.A.O.
– Residency: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Ocular Disease
– Externship: VA Baltimore, Maryland
– Optometry School: SUNY State College of Optometry, New York, New York- O.D.
– College: University of California Berkeley – B.A.

Dr. Ellie Kim (Reconstructive and Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery)

– Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University School of Medicine.
– Specialty Board, American Board of Ophthalmology
– Fellowship: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Oculoplastics
– Residency: New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Ophthalmology
– Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY – M.D.
– College- Harvard University – B.A.

Dr. Seung-Hee Choi (Optometrist )

– Externship: Dimock Community Health Center
– NYEEI Special Populations
– Newington VA Medical Center
– Omni Eye Center
– Optometry School: New England College of Optometry- O.D.
– College: Smith College- B.A.

Dr. Ted Lyu (Glaucoma Specialist)

– Clinical Instructor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
– Fellowship: New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Glaucoma
– Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
– Medical School: Chicago Medical School – M.D.
– College: Cornell University – B.A.

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