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Dr. Richard Witlin

LASIK Surgery
east brunswick, NJ
48 years experience male

Locations

Office

east brunswick, NJ

Address

557 cranbury road, suite 15, east brunswick, NJ
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The Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care

toms river, NJ

The Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care

east brunswick, NJ

About

Bio

specialty referral practice dealing with cataracts and refractive surgery.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

LASIK Surgery

Licenses

United States: New Jersey

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

158 Answers
93 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Its your age: Lasik or prkcorrects your distance eye glass prescription and does not correct presbyopia, the normal loss of focusing up close that happens as we ag... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Rarely: It is possible to get an infection in the cornea as a result of lasik surgery. It is a very rare event however. Great care is taken to prevent this fr... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
yes.: I would suggest that you rest the day of your surgery--go home after your procedure and rest. You should be fine to enjoy the movie the next day.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
The 2 are not relate: Contacts do not build protein. Perhaps you meant that protein deposits can build up on contacts and decrease their comfort and safety. Lasik surgery i... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Maybe: Lasik surgery can be performed on a lazy eye. The price is the same as for regular lasik. The big thing to understand that you cannot correct the lazy... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Sometimes: Routine lasik surgery is not covered by most insurance plans. Lasik surgery to correct refractive errors secondary to other eye surgery (such as a cor... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Probably not: If your cataract surgery was done without complications and was done several months ago, your eye should be fully healed by now. You should return to ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Not usually: Zaditor (ketotifen) is approved as an anti-allergy drop, especially to relieve itching. There are other more specific and effective drops for dry eyes... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Get another opinion: Sounds like you may well have blepharitis. Often dry eye and blepharitis co-exist in the same patient and both require treatment to bring full relief... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Not a cure but: Laser vision correction surgery is the only proven way to "cure" myopia. However, in selected patients, specially fitted contact lenses can be used to... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Rare: Ectasia is a serious but rare complication of lasik surgery. Although the exact cause is not known, there are certain risk factors that pre-dispose to... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Possibly: First discuss your retinal status with your retinal surgeon. If he clears you, then you can go for a consult to determine if you are otherwise an acce... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
No : Lasik surgery is not noticeable to someone else looking at your eye. When it is all healed, there is a faint scar that is usually only visible to an e... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Check around: Astigmatism can be inherited or it can arise spontaneously. Check with parents or siblings and see if they have astigmatism as well. That should giv... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Get an eye exam: If you really want to know, have an exam by an eye doctor. If you have never had one, it would be a good thing to do in any case.
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
None: Your cornea cannot "detach". Your retina can. There are many diseases that can affect the way your cornea can look such as scar tissue or swelling ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
No drops: There are no eyedrops to treat keratoconus. There are a wide variety and contact lens and surgical options for keratoconus.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Within 1 week: Assuming your lasik surgery went well, you can go out and get computer glasses. If you are concerned your prescription might still change, get a tempo... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Corneal specialist: there are many excellent corneal specialists in NYC......you can contact NY Eye and Ear for list of corneal specialists; also can contact SUNY College... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Probably not: Lattice degeneration is a fairly common peripheral retinal degeneration that occurs more commonly in nearsighted people. Lasik does not cause lattice.
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Not usually: Depending on the severity of your dry eye, multiple types of treatment are often used. Restasis works differently than plugs; thus; they were synergis... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
It depends: Everyone heals a bit differently and not every cataract is the same. Most cataract patients see very well by 1 week after their surgery. Your vision s... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
A scans: Most commonly this is done using an ultrasound device called an a-scan. Your eye can also be measured using a laser beam using an instrument called an... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Very positive: In properly selected patients, lasik gives great results. Some of my happiest patients are my lasik patients. I, myself, had lasik done over 12 years ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Yes if you must: Would wait a few days until your eyes are more healed before resuming smoking. But you can resume smoking after lasik or be in a smoky environment. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Promising: Exciting new technology......Shows promise but long term results are not yet known.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Maybe: It depends greatly on the severity of the glaucoma and the status of your optic nerves. Lasik will also affect your eye pressure measurements--so you... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Maybe: If you had your original lasik when you were only 18, that is very young to have had lasik surgery. Your eye prescription may well have changed over t... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Not usually: If the lens of your eye becomes completely white with a very advanced cataract, the whiteness can be seen through your pupil. So instead of your pupil... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Yes: If you do not have significant eye involvement from your diabetes and your cornea is otherwise healthy, most lasik surgeons would consider you a candi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Yes.: Of course, it depends on your particular reason for needing a transplant. In general, corneal transplants are very successful and achieve very good re... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Probably worth it: Restasis takes some time to begin to work, so it may well be a good idea to start it now. Little downside to doing so--but you should discuss this opt... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Maybe: Heredity is definitely a risk factor for glaucoma. As there are several types of glaucoma, the only way to protect yourself is to have regular exams b... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Possibly: Dry eye can be a side-effect of several classes of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. Check with your eye doctor to make sure your eyes are in f... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Probably not: Sounds like a broken blood vessel called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. It is somewhat similar to a black and blue mark and should resolve over the nex... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Probably not: Many doctors avoid elective eye surgery on monocular patients. Glaucoma is often bilateral condition and could develop later in your other eye. Incre... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
See your doctor: You may have a condition called blepharitis. This is a treatable condition of inflammation of the margins and glands of the eyelids. You need to consu... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Yes: If you simply broke a blood vessel on the white part of your eye( you should have no discomfort or change in vision), it is safe to fly and it will ha... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Follow directions: Before: make sure to discontinue contact lens wear after: take your drops as directed, do not rub your eyes at the beginning, avoid contact sports ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Allergies?: Sounds like you may be allergic to something in your environment. Could be something like your laundry detergent which then leaves a residue on your s... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Yes: All surgery has risks. Cataract surgery is no different. While it is one of the most successful surgical procedures, there are complications that can... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Could be allergy: There are several possible reasons. Are your eyelids itchy as well? Could be allergy to something in your sleeping environment such as your pillow, l... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
It depends: It depends on your visual symptoms. Very mild myopia may not require glasses if you find no visual discomfort or impairment without glasses. Often, pa... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Able to repeat: Both argon and slt lower pressures about the same amount. That is true. But it seems that slt is "gentler" to the eye and may have the benefit of bein... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Yes.: If you have not tried treatment with restasis, you should. Keep using artificial tears plus the restais. Plugs can also help if necessary.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Once or twice: Most ophthalmologists will only do lasik once. With lasik, a flap is created in your cornea to perform the procedure. Most docs will not make a second... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Do nothing: Its way too soon since your surgery to do anything. It will take several more months before your prescription stabilizes. At that time, you can discus... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
yes.: Corneal thickness is one of the important factors to be considered in determining if a patient is a candidate for lasik. You need to have enough corne... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Non-surgical option: For low degrees of myopia, some optometrists have had good luck with orthokeratology, a specialized system of contact lens fitting. While lasik or prk... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 48 years experience
Maybe: Many cases of astigmatism can be corrected with laser vision correction. However, it really depends on several factors including: the type and locatio... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Witlin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Witlin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 1975MD

Residency

ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL
Completed 1980

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, New Brunswick, NJ - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, New Brunswick, NJ - Winter
2013
Top Lasik Surgeon, Second Place, National - Winter
2013
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