Meet Our Doctors

Over 20,000 Procedures Performed!

The Laser Eye Center is just one department in the offices of Ophthalmic Associates of the Southern Tier. The doctors at Ophthalmic Associates bring decades of experience to every facet of the eye care field, providing primary eye care services for all ages. Ophthalmic Associates also specializes in the treatment of glaucoma, cataracts and other eye diseases. They also have an on-site optical center.  Meet our complete team of doctors at Ophthalmic Associates of the Southern Tier.

Meet Our LASIK Team:

 


DANIEL SAMBURSKY, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Sambursky is a pioneer in Laser Vision Correction. In the early 1990's he participated in the Excimer Laser surgery investigational trials and was among the first surgeons in the United States to perform LASIK surgery. Dr. Sambursky has dedicated his practice to vision correction and has performed over 20,000 LASIK surgeries.

Dr. Sambursky earned his medical degree from the SUNY Upstate Medical School. He also completed an internship at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital program in internal medicine. Dr. Sambursky was trained in ophthalmology and ocular surgery at one of the nation's top ten medical and surgical training programs; the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, where he was unanimously elected to serve as Chief Resident. Dr. Sambursky also received an additional year of training by completing a Fellowship in Refractive and Corneal surgery at the prestigious Wilmer Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital; widely regarded as the top Ophthalmology program in the world.

He served as a Resident Instructor at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, where he taught dozens of Ophthalmologists his surgical techniques in Refractive, Cataract and Corneal surgery. He continues to teach many doctors from this country and abroad his surgical techniques, while patients from around the world seek his expertise in LASIK surgery.

Dr. Sambursky has designed and patented an intraocular lens, which is used to replace the human crystalline lens during Cataract Surgery, and has also designed surgical instruments that are used during eye surgery. In addition, he was one of the first eye surgeons in the United States to remove a cataract with a laser by using a technique known a Laser Photolysis. For the past few years, he has lectured around the world on the subject of eye surgery, including LASIK and Cataract Surgery.

Dr. Daniel Sambursky is an innovative and dedicated eye surgeon with special interests in LASIK and Cataract Surgery. His pursuit of excellence and precision makes him a leader in the field of LASIK and Refractive surgery.


 

MICHELE PALMERI, LASIK COORDINATOR

Michele has worked with Doctor Daniel L. Sambursky and other physicians at the Laser Eye Center of the Southern Tier for over twelve years. In addition to the extensive training she has received in the field of LASIK, Michele holds a Bachelor's degree in Medical Record Administration from Ithaca College. Shealso took graduate courses in Health Education at Cortland and was a Health Educator for Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network for two years.

When you arrive at the Laser Eye Center, we will give you an extensive evaluation prior to scheduling your LASIK procedure. Dr. Sambursky will provide your eye exam, and then you will have an informational session with Michele to discuss everything you need to know about LASIK surgery.
You can expect to be at the Laser Eye Center for an hour to an hour and a half.

Prior to your visit you should be aware that if you wear contact lenses, you should keep them out of your eyes for two weeks, especially if you plan to have LASIK shortly after your evaluation. If you are just coming in for an evaluation and information and you cannot, or choose not to leave your contacts out for two weeks prior to the exam, then we ask that you do not wear them to your appointment. We cannot test your eyes with contacts in. Once you decide to have your LASIK procedure, you will need to leave your contacts out for two weeks if they are soft, and three weeks if they are hard or gas permeable contacts.

During your appointment, Michele will explain why a patient is nearsighted, farsighted and/or has astigmatism and what we have to do to correct that. Then she explains the different procedures available: blade or blade free, and the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Once you've made the decision to have LASIK, Michele will cover the procedure in more detail and will show you the laser room where Dr. Sambursky and his team will perform your procedure. She will also give you any pre-op prescriptions and instructions that you will need, and will answer any questions.Michele will schedule your LASIK procedure and you will be sent home with a consent form to review.


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With their combined experience, the doctors of Ophthalmic Associates can treat or eliminate all types of eye-related diseases, disorders or disabilities from common to complex.