LASIK Success Stories
Sandra Belmont, MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and cornea specialist. For her contributions to the development and advancement of laser vision correction, Dr. Belmont received the distinguished Richard C. Troutman MD Master Teacher Award in Ophthalmology and the Academy’s Award for Distinguished Services. She is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has studied under world-renowned Dr. Richard C. Troutman at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. She is considered an expert in refractive surgery and has been featured on the Today Show, ABC News, NBC, CBS, FOX, NY1 and The Discovery Channel, and in publications such as the New York Times, Time and Parade.
Dr. Belmont has been performing ophthalmic surgery since 1983 and is one of the select surgeons who conducted the first FDA trials to evaluate laser vision correction in the United States. Dr. Belmont has performed more than 15,000 procedures to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia on a variety of patients, including athletes, pilots, military personnel and entertainment personalities, including Regis Philbin.
Dr. Belmont also treated screen and stage star Mandy Patinkin. Mr. Patinkin suffered from keratoconus, a degenerative disorder of the cornea that jeopardizes vision as well as the eye’s structural integrity. Keratoconus afflicts about one out of every thousand individuals and is the most common dystrophy of the cornea. To restore Mr. Patinkin’s vision, Dr. Belmont performed two sight-saving cornea transplants. Since undergoing these procedures, Mr. Patinkin has become a leading proponent for eye and organ donation as a spokesman for the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration.
A highly coveted speaker, Dr. Belmont is acknowledged by her peers as a preeminent specialist on the leading edge of laser refractive surgery. She regularly lectures to doctors across the country and continues to serve as an investigator in FDA clinical trials. Dr. Belmont strives to bring the newest and best refractive surgery techniques to each and every patient she treats.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Belmont and learn more about your vision correction options, contact her office at (212) 486-2020.
More About the Belmont Eye Center
Dr. Belmont and her staff are dedicated to setting the highest standards in the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems to protect and restore eyesight in the LASIK New York City community. Prior to her appointment at New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Belmont served ten years as Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Cornea Service at the Laser Vision Correction Center at Weill Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital, one of the most prestigious academic medical centers in the world.
For LASIK surgery, Dr. Belmont uses the latest in custom wavefront technology, which provide detailed measurements of the cornea’s curvature. This unique “corneal map” is then programmed into the excimer laser, which reshapes the cornea.
In addition to helping LASIK Manhattan patients, Dr. Belmont also offers other laser vision correction procedures, such as PRK, advanced surface ablation (ASA) and CK. She also performs corneal transplants for patients with corneal disease or other cornea-related problems. During consultations, patients are individually examined to determine the best option for their vision correction.