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Sun Times Feature Story

Sun Times Issue 02.14.2019


Ever After

For Dr. Tsun Yee Law and his wife, Dr. Chau Nguyen, having better than average eyesight is not only important, but life saving.

Both physicians who work in Fort Lauderdale have had issues through the years with their vision. Knowing how important it is to what they do, when things were not “perfect” - it was time to look into correcting something that was indeed paramount.

Dr. Law’s story is truly something that everyone should listen to. Here is someone who grew up poor - where getting glasses or corrective lenses - put a strain financially on the family.

In school, he can recall having to always be in the front row. He did what he could to see, but without corrective lenses, it was tough. Throughout his life he was nearsighted and things never got better. In fact - it was time to do something about it.

The connection with Dr. Stanley Braverman and the Braverman Eye Center in Hollywood is another amusing ‘happenstance’ that turned out to be life altering.

Dr. “Shawn” - as he is affectionately called by his associates - was looking to address his vision issues when one of his mentors, Dr. Martin Roche, who just happens to work with his wife, started to speak highly of Dr. Braverman and his many, many success stories.

When someone you respect recommends someone - it is a sure bet that things will work out.

“As a physician, sometimes you need to be the patient,” Dr. Law explained. “Because I am a surgeon at Holy Cross and have numerous patients, you have to put yourself in another professional’s hands.”

That belief brought he and his wife to Hollywood - to address the vision problems that both had been suffering with - Dr. Law, a bit worse.

What Dr. Law found on the initial visit to Dr. Braverman was an amazing, organized staff that has been there and done that - with tremendous success. Being a candidate for PRK, Dr. Law had a much higher prescription. This procedure has a different way of preparing the eye for the main laser to do the correction. It requires a bit longer for healing, but the end result is the same as Lasik.

“Where do I start,” Dr. Law said. “From the initial visit - for both of us - it was a true experience. Every question was answered, any apprehension was reassured and Dr. Braverman, Rosemary and the entire staff was amazing.”

Because he was explained by Dr. Braverman what to expect from start to finish, Dr. Law was completely at ease, practicing exactly what he tells his patients.

“I knew my recovery time would be longer than the regular Lasik,” he said. “I also was told that there would be some mild pain - which never occurred. I was just totally impressed from the first time Chau and I visited with Dr. Braverman.”

While both went to Dr. Braverman for Lasik, it was actually Dr. Nguyen (Chau) that had a relatively mild prescription and was a Lasik candidate.

Like her husband, she really needs her vision as an Urgent Care physician, and the experience at the Braverman Eye Center is something that she will forever be thankful for.

“Like I said, the total experience for both of us has been amazing,” Dr. Law pointed out. “We are both doing great and living life.”

In addition to Dr. Law and Dr. Nguyen, the Braverman Eye Center has treated dozens and dozens of well know physicians, such as: such as Dr. Steve Anhalt (Optometric Physician- LASIK), Derek Berglund MD (General Surgeon —LASIK), David Berndt MD (Internal Medicine – Cataract / PRK), Dr. Andre Grenier (Periodontist - PRK), Adrian Salmon MD (Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine – Z-LASIK), Harlan Selesnick MD (Orthopedic Surgeon for the Miami Heat - LASIK), Lawrence Snetman MD (Oncologist - LASIK) and Dr. Joseph Sowka (Optometric Physician- Nova Southeastern University Professor - LASIK), and many, many more. Please see their website

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.

In addition to 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 or LASIK 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, Surgery Coordinator for cataract surgery, or Rosemary Hartford, LASIK Coordinator for LASIK surgery, or visit the Braverman Eye Center website at - 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.

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; Jesse Pelletier MD, FACS, Corneal Surgeon; Eric Ciliberti MD, Neuro-Ophthalmologist; and Ryan Y. Hargreaves OD, Shalonda McCallum OD and Ashley Noble OD. All sub-specialist surgeons at the Braverman Eye Center are Board Certified.

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