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Irina 1A Braverman

Laser Vision Correction Is Changing Lives: Dr. Stanley Braverman

Hollywood - For as long as she can remember, Irina Bashmakova has had problems with her eyes.
Wearing glasses since the second grade - and contacts since her early teens, the 30-year-old stay at home mother was very near sighted and was searching for laser surgery that would correct the problem and eliminate the glasses or contacts.
While she had the problem, it wasn’t new to her family. Nearsightedness, or Myopia, as it is medically termed, is a vision condition in which people can see close objects clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred. People with Myopia can have difficulty clearly seeing a movie or TV screen or the whiteboard while they are in school.

Irina found that Myopia occurs if the eyeball is too long or the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye) is too curved. As a result, the light entering the eye isn't focused correctly, and distant objects look blurred.
Because she realized that something needed to be done - Irina began asking around for the best area doctor and eye center. That is how she discovered the Braverman Eye Center and Dr. Stanley Braverman.
When she came in for her consultation, Irina was blown away by the new Hollywood office as well as everyone who was involved. It was something she never expected.

“I remember reading about the patients who had different procedures done,” she recalled. “The one thing that I took away from those articles in the Sun Times Newspaper was how Dr. Braverman and his staff were talked about often for the way they handled each patient. That was a huge selling point and also made me feel so much at ease.”

So, last October, after consulting with Dr. Braverman, who explained every facet of the procedure, Irina embarked on a journey that would eliminate the blurry vision and replace it with clear eyesight. It truly left her speechless.
“All I could remember, after the surgery, when I had no problem seeing, that I started to cry,” she recalled. “It was the first time in my life that I could ever remember seeing so clearly. It was indeed life-changing.”

As she recovered from the Laser Vision Correction (PRK) and felt better and better every day, Irina was ready to recommend the procedure, Dr. Braverman, the professional staff and the state-of-the-art facility, to anyone and everyone who would listen.
“I can understand how people would be apprehensive about anything to do with their eyes,” she said. “But after everything I experienced, I would tell everyone to check it out. It has really made a difference in my life. 

What To Expect With
Z-lasik Surgery
All Laser Z-Lasik surgery is performed on a patient’s cornea, which provides most of the focusing power when light enters the eye. Topical anesthetic drops are applied to the eye. The surgeon first uses a special Ziemer LDV femtosecond laser to create a thin layer of corneal tissue that can be folded back (a corneal flap). Then, another type of laser (an Allegretto Eye-Q excimer laser) is used to reshape the underlying cornea, painlessly. After the excimer laser treatment, the corneal flap is repositioned and bonds back into place naturally. The corneal reshaping improves the focusing power of the cornea. Although no one can promise patients “perfect” vision, most Laser Vision Correction patients with mild to moderate prescriptions with or without astigmatism, do achieve 20/20 or better vision.

About Dr. Stanley Braverman
Dr. Stanley Braverman is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is also an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the Nova Southeastern School of Optometry and the official LASIK and Cataract Surgeon for the Florida Panthers.

Along with treating patients, Dr. Braverman, a board certified ophthalmologist, has been a medical researcher, and is the inventor of several eye surgical instruments, and author of many articles for medical journals. Dr. Braverman's newly trademarked LACE™ procedure (Laser Assisted Cataract Extraction) provides the best possible cataract surgical results. He has lectured at professional meetings about upgraded lens implants, advanced cataract surgery and LASIK, both nationally and internationally. He has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the Fifteen Leaders in Laser Eye Surgery in 2011, and recently co-authored a book on Z-Lasik that is being distributed internationally. You can find it on

An initial cataract, LASIK or Collagen Cross Linking consultation can be scheduled by calling the Braverman Eye Center at: (954) 458-2112 or (305) 374-8694. For additional information please contact Regina Vasquez, Surgical Coordinator for cataract surgery, or Rosemary Hartford, LASIK and Corneal Collagen Cross-linking Surgical Coordin-ator, or visit the Braverman Eye Center website at www.braver - where you can watch a video of cataract or LASIK surgery and learn more about all of the latest advances in cataract surgery and upgraded lens implants, as well as LASIK Surgery, including Near-Far Multifocal PresbyLASIK, for patients over 40 years old who require glasses for both distance and near vision. There is plenty of information on Collagen Cross Linking too.

In addition to Dr. Stanley Braverman, a Refractive Cataract and LASIK Laser Vision Correction surgeon, your other subspecialty eye care needs can also be evaluated and treated. On staff at the Braverman Eye Center are Rashid Taher MD FACS and Tirso Lara MD FACS, Vitreo-Retinal surgeons; Andre Sarraga MD FACS, Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon; Aarup Kubal MD FACS, Complex Glaucoma Specialist and Corneal Surgeon; Eric Ciliberti MD, Neuro-Ophthalmologist; Alan Lane MD FACS, General Ophthalmology and Glaucoma Care; Jonathan Leon-Rosen MD FACS, Glaucoma Surgery and Oculoplastics; and Ryan Y. Hargreaves OD, Shalonda McCallum OD and Youssef Choucair OD. All sub-specialist surgeons at the Braverman Eye Center are Board Certified.

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