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Sun Times Feature Story

Doctor To The Doctors

Braverman Eye Center

The only thing that Dr. Roger Nydick and Dr. Adrian Salmon had in common before visiting Dr. Stanley Braverman for corrective eye surgery is they both had suffered from poor vision that prevented each from living a normal and productive life.

   While they both found out about the Braverman Eye Center in Hallandale Beach in different ways, today – three months after their surgery – both have nothing but positive stories to tell and share with patients who are facing the same decision.

   For Dr. Nydick, who has known the Braverman family for over 25 years, and watched his own mother go through the cataract procedure performed by Dr. Stanley Braverman, the decision was a simple one. The 63-year-old, who had practiced Family Medicine in the area for decades, was in need of Cataract surgery in both eyes. The premium surgery that he chose to correct his cataracts and severe farsightedness would require Tecnis Multifocal Lenses with a relaxing incision to correct the astigmatism in both eyes, giving him good unaided distance and near vision.

    While the surgery was something that Dr. Nydick needed, there was one major problem. Being on Coumadin to maintain his artificial heart valve, he was not the best of candidates. The blood thinner that he could not be off of was a major obstacle standing in the way of the life-altering surgery that would allow him not only to see and feel better, but remove the glasses he had been wearing for over 40 years.

   “Having to be on the blood thinner because of my heart condition, I never thought that I would be able to have the surgery performed,” Dr. Nydick recalled. “When I sat down to talk with Dr. Braverman, he assured me, because cataract surgery is bloodless surgery, that we could still do both eyes without having to get off of the medication. That was great to hear.”

   Because he knew Dr. Braverman’s reputation, and had followed the success stories that have unfolded at the Braverman Eye Center, Dr. Nydick scheduled the first ½ hour procedure to be done in June – and then followed up the next month with the other eye.

    Working at Memorial Hospital Hollywood and Miramar in Hospice, Dr. Nydick had many restrictions that he had to work around because of his cataracts. Wearing sunglasses to cut the glare from the computer screen and normal outside light, and needing the assistance of his wife Carolyn because of his reduced vision from cataracts, he was more than ready for the procedure that would change his life.

   “I cannot say enough about the entire process,” he explained. “From the office staff to the way Dr. Braverman went over the entire procedure with me, it was a tremendous experience. Within two days, I was a changed person. It’s been three months now, and I am back to exercising and living my life to the fullest. I only wish I had done the surgery earlier!”



   Moving to Hallandale Beach within the past year, Dr. Salmon, who practices Critical Care, Internal Medicine and Physical Therapy, had worn glasses for over 20 years and suffered from severe farsightedness and astigmatism that altered the quality of his life and work in a major way.

   Because he is active, and loves to participate in all sports, Dr. Salmon was limited due to the condition in both eyes. Fixing them would require a Hyperopic Bladeless Z-Lasik procedure; but being new to the area, it was a visit to the Diplomat Mall for dinner that first grabbed his attention. The Braverman Eye Center was one of those buildings that drew him in.

   “I had passed by the building a few times and there was something about it that got me thinking,” Dr. Salmon recalled. “Being someone who has always researched everything, I looked Dr. Braverman up on the internet and was impressed with the many positives about his work. I also started asking around, and everyone I spoke with talked so highly about him.”

Because his job required reading X-rays and being so detailed, vision was a huge part of what Dr. Salmon was about. Surgery that would correct his deteriorating eyesight would indeed change his life.

   “I can remember making an appointment to see Dr. Braverman and listening to everything he said about the entire process and what it would entail,” Dr. Salmon pointed out. “Because I am the same way with my patients, he sold me right away. He went over every step of the procedure and was up front with the pros and cons. That is the only way a doctor should be.”

Unlike Dr. Nydick who opted for two separate procedures, the late July LASIK surgery was done on both of Dr. Salmon’s eyes, – and after a blurry first day – the second day, he began to see clearer and has improved ever since.

   “The entire experience was amazing and really changed my life,” he explained.   



   A cataract is formed when the natural lens of the eye, responsible for focusing light and producing sharp images, becomes cloudy and hardens, resulting in a loss of visual function. The lens of the eye is clear at birth but is one of the first parts of the body to show the effects of aging.  A cataract is painless and usually develops gradually over several months or years.  The onset of a cataract in one or both eyes may cause decreased night vision, impaired depth perception, and increased color distortion.

   Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 55 and older.  In fact, poor vision from cataracts affects 60 percent of all adults over age 60.  However, cataracts also can result from injury, heredity, or medications, so they can affect people of all ages.

    Understanding that no two conditions or patients are the same, Dr. Braverman analyzes the patient’s symptoms, performs a comprehensive eye exam, and may test for glare disability and contrast sensitivity before making a diagnosis. The final decision to proceed with the surgery belongs to the patient.

Your optometrist or Dr. Braverman may prescribe glasses, medication or surgery depending on your symptoms, complaints and age.  Usually surgery will not be recommended until glasses no longer work to make you visually happy. In the case of clear lensectomy surgery, the patient cosmetically wants to get rid of their glasses, but they are out of the LASIK treatment range.



What to expect

    Cataract surgery is the removal of your cloudy natural lens, which is usually dissolved using high frequency ultrasound through a small (less than 3 millimeter) opening.  An artificial lens is then placed inside the eye where the cloudy lens used to be.   After the surgery, eye drops are given to the patient to aid in the healing of the eye, which takes a few months, but the patient is able to return to normal activity almost immediately after surgery and usually sees well within just days.  If the eye is otherwise healthy, cataract surgery is successful in more than 98% of patients and they enjoy improved vision after the procedure.   Cataract surgery continues to improve.  Recent developments include no-stitch surgery, topical anesthesia, surgical correction of astigmatism, new upgraded premium lens designs, and Dr. Braverman's  newly trademarked LACE™ procedure.  Laser Assisted Cataract Extraction (LACE™) surgery, if you are deemed a candidate,  can nearly always guarantee that the patient will need no glasses for distance vision, and no glasses for distance or near vision if a multifocal lens implant is used.


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.



   Dr. Stanley Braverman is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine and the Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is also an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the Nova Southeastern School of Optometry. 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 recently 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, 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 sub-specialty 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; and, Eric Ciliberti MD, Neuro-Ophthalmologist; Ryan Y. Hargreaves OD and Ayesha Bukhari-Kahn OD.  All sub-specialist surgeons at the Braverman Eye Center are Board Certified.




Caption 1: Dr. Stanley Braverman and Dr. Roger Nydick


Caption 2: Dr. Adrian Salmon


Caption 3: The Braverman Eye Center is located at: 1935 East Hallandale Beach Boulevard, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.