Laser Vision Center

Clinical Services: Ophthalmology
Upper East Side
1305 York Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10021
(646) 962-0604
(646) 962-2020

Our Laser Vision Center at Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology is one of the most modern and aesthetically beautiful facilities in New York City. Unlike other centers where patients do not meet the surgeon until the day of surgery, at Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology the surgeons personally perform all of the pre and postoperative care.

We believe a strong doctor-patient relationship is the cornerstone of success in vision correction surgery. Your first visit to the Weill Cornell Laser Vision Center is complimentary and will give you an opportunity to meet our extraordinary staff and surgeons and to see our state-of-the-art facility. Initially, we will perform a thorough examination of your eyes using the latest diagnostic equipment to assess whether vision correction surgery is right for you. Safety is our team’s number one priority.

The examination will be followed by a review of the results of your tests with one of our refractive surgeons. All of your questions regarding refractive surgery will be addressed and a plan to meet your specific vision needs will be developed.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing our enthusiasm and expertise in vision correction procedures with you.

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The skilled surgeons at Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology use the most advanced laser equipment to perform the following popular forms of laser vision correction surgery (refractive surgery):

» LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis)

» PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

» LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis)

In all cases, we seek the safest, most up-to-date and effective approach to meet the patient’s visual needs.

Common vision conditions that can be successfully treated with laser correction include:

» Nearsightedness (myopia)

» Farsightedness (hyperopia)

» Astigmatism

» Gradual loss of near vision after age 40 (presbyopia)

During your visit to the Laser Vision Center, our surgeons will work closely with you to explore all appropriate vision correction options and choose which, if any, is right for you and your lifestyle.

What services are offered at Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology?

» Complimentary laser eye screening and visit to our privately-owned, state-of-the-art facility in NYC

» All questions and concerns will be addressed by your surgeon well in advance of your surgery

» Review of diagnostic test results with one of our refractive surgeons

» Development of a personalized treatment plan to address your specific vision needs

» All follow-up visits with your surgeon after your surgery to access overall eye health and vision

The Laser Vision Center

Our Laser Vision Center is home to the VISX® Star S4 Excimer Laser System, one of the most advanced lasers available for LASIK eye surgery. We offer custom wavefront, iris registration treatments for perfect alignment. When used in conjunction with our 60Hz IntraLase® femtosecond laser, our surgeons can perform blade-free LASIK surgery that ensures safety, accuracy, and rapid visual recovery.

Our state-of-the-art laser center is NOT open-access like most other centers in New York. The center is solely owned and operated by the surgeons at Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology and is only available to our patients.

Why should I choose Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology?

» Personalized Care and Service

At Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology, we believe a strong patient-doctor relationship is the cornerstone of success and satisfaction in laser vision correction surgery. Unlike many other vision correction practices where you won’t meet the surgeon until the day of your surgery, our highly specialized and experienced surgeons are involved in every step of your treatment process and personally perform all of the pre- and post-operative care services.

» Experience and Expertise

Your safety is our surgical team’s top priority and concern. Our experienced surgeons are all fellowship trained in advanced corneal, refractive, and cataract surgery from the finest and most highly respected institutions including Weill Cornell Medical College, Harvard University’s Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, and Johns Hopkins’ Wilmer Eye Institute. Practicing in the setting of a distinguished Ivy League medical college, our surgeons are all widely published in ophthalmic literature, actively involved in corneal research, and are active lecturers and teachers.

» Reputation
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center is consistently ranked the #1 Best Hospital in New York year after year by New York Magazine's respected poll.

In 2007, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital was one of only 18 that was named to the Honor Roll of America's best, ranking number 6 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Deborah Burton

"Dr. Van Tassel was highly recommended to me. After the initial visit I can see why. She is extremely confident and professional but makes you feel that you are very important. Her mannerisms were excellent as she conveyed her diagnosis along with the plan she strongly suggested we follow. I have confidence that she will be very proactive in helping me to improve or at least maintain my vision which has suffered retina, glaucoma and possible optic nerve damage. I highly recommend her. Dr. Van Tassel has performed cataract surgery on both of my eyes (July and Oct 2020) and I am extremely happy with the results. My vision has literally been renewed. I continue to highly recommend Dr. VanTassel"

Mar 26, 2021
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