Peter S. Hersh, MD

The Cornea and Laser Eye Institute
Hersh Vision Group

300 Frank W. Burr Boulevard
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666

(800) 943-6561

Dr. Peter S. Hersh

Serving patients seeking LASIK in Northern New Jersey and the surrounding area

Dr. Hersh is the team Ophthalmologist for the NY Jets.

Peter S. Hersh, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and the Founder/Director of the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute-Hersh Vision Group, a leading-edge Northern New Jersey LASIK and cornea research and surgical center. Dr. Hersh was the lead author of the clinical study that led to the FDA approval of the excimer laser for the correction of myopia in the United States. He has trained more than 1,000 eye surgeons in the use of the excimer laser to perform refractive surgery.

Dr. Hersh has been featured in various magazines.

Due to his vast experience and excellent surgical skills, Dr. Hersh has received numerous awards and recognitions, including Teacher of the Year from the Harvard Medical School Ophthalmology Program, and both the Honor Award and the Senior Honor Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is the only LASIK surgeon in New Jersey to be included in America's Top Doctors, where he has been listed for more than 10 years in a row, and the only LASIK and corneal specialist to be named one of the top doctors in the New York Metropolitan Area by New Jersey Monthly, New Jersey Life and New York Magazine. Dr. Hersh has also been featured by many local and national media outlets, including The Today Show, America Tonight, Fox News, PBS, People Magazine, The New York Times, the Bergen Record and the Newark Star-Ledger. As a testament to his talent and reputation, Dr. Hersh has been named the team ophthalmologist for the New York Jets football team.

Dr. Hersh and his team at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute use the latest, most advanced techniques to provide a range of vision correction procedures, including LASIK, PRK, LASEK and ASA. They also offer conductive keratoplasty for the correction of presbyopia (age-related loss of reading vision). For patients with keratoconus and other disorders of the cornea, Dr. Hersh provides a range of treatment options, from Intacs, to corneal collagen crosslinking, to corneal transplants.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hersh and learn more about your vision correction and cornea treatment options, please contact the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute at (800) 943-6561 or visit

More About Vision Correction at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute

When performing LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures, Dr. Hersh and his team at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute use the latest diagnostic and surgical technologies. To map the patient's corneal topography, Dr. Hersh employs several systems: Pentacam HR, Orbscan II, EyeSys, Keraton and PAR. For flap creation during LASIK, he uses the IntraLase femtosecond laser, while for corneal reshaping, he relies on the Wavelight Allegretto Eye-Q excimer laser.

Dr. Hersh exclusively performs all-laser LASIK, also known as bladeless LASIK or IntraLASIK. His first step is to perform a wavefront analysis in order to assess the patient's candidacy for LASIK and to diagnose higher order aberrations, vision errors more subtle than those indicated by a traditional prescription. Next, the IntraLase femtosecond laser is used to create a thin flap in the cornea, the outermost layer of the eye. This method of flap creation is more precise than the traditional method, in which a handheld surgical tool known as a microkeratome is used. Next Dr. Hersh applies cool laser energy from the Wavelight Allegretto Eye-Q excimer laser to the exposed corneal tissue, reshaping it to correct myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism. Finally, the corneal flap is restored to its natural position, where it protects the surgical area during recovery.

The majority of patients who undergo LASIK or other vision correction procedures with Dr. Hersh achieve 20/20 vision or better and are able to reduce or completely eliminate their reliance on eyeglasses or contact lenses.

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What Do Patients Say About the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute?

"Dr. Hersh and his staff were excellent. I was comfortable from the time I walked in until the time I left after the procedure. My vision went from 20/800 to 20/20 in one day. I would recommend the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute to anyone." —Luke Petitgout, Pro Athlete, New York Giants Football, East Rutherford, NJ

" a skier and a swimmer, LASIK is one of the best things I've ever done for my quality of life. I sing the praises of your work to anyone who will listen and have given your number to many." —Dave Stewart, WPLJ-FM, New York

"Everything and everyone related to this whole procedure has been fantastic. It's a lot more fun to do things roadracing school when you can SEE CLEARLY and more effectively than ever in your life!" —Alan Wilzig, Banker

"I asked my ophthalmologist who she would go to for laser surgery and she recommended Dr. Hersh without reservation...Dr. Hersh is calm, careful and all that his reputation would lead one to expect." —Tracy Peter, Consultant and mother of three boys, Cresskill, NJ

"To tell the truth, I don't know where to begin nor do I have the words to aptly describe my experience during April at CLEI. I must respectfully say, however, that an award should be given to you guys for the Best Eye Care Team on the planet, PERIOD.

Dr. Hersh, to say that you and your team are professional, courteous, knowledgeable, friendly, understanding and always willing to listen would be a major understatement...CLEI has taken eye care to the next level!!

My vision checked out at 20/20 the next morning but that's just the beginning. Every day since then my vision has become crisper, cleaner and clearer unlike my previous surgery. You guys are the best." —Kimani Braithwaite, Nassau, Bahamas

"I have found that the benefits of LASIK are immense. The surgery itself was fairly quick and painless. The morning after the surgery, everything seemed bright and clear. It was almost like someone had turned on a light. Every day I remind myself I don't have to deal with my contact lenses. Along with not being a slave to contacts, I don't have to deal with the cloudy and gritty sensation of contacts, as well as the irritation and fatigue my eyes felt with the prolonged use. I no longer feel like a 'geek' wearing glasses. I look forward to getting dressed up for a party. I can't wait to go skiing this winter. I'll be able to admire the view from the mountaintop (and not have to carry contact solution and an extra pair of glasses 'just in case'). I thank Dr. Hersh and Dr. Fry for their expertise and especially Dr. Hersh's skill as a LASIK specialist. I appreciate and thank the staff for their careful and wonderful care both pre-op and post-op. I am really, really glad I did it." —Dr. Donna S. Goon, DMD, Dentist, Tenafly, NJ

"My experience at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute was pure bliss! This was the most stress-free medical experience I've ever had. The Institute's atmosphere is very patient oriented. From the friendly and courteous staff to the comfortable waiting area complete with refreshments, the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute cannot be beat. I now read 20/15 — better than perfect! I cannot express how pleased I am with my results and will continue to recommend the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute to everyone." —Kevin J. Ryan, Sheriff's Detective, Nutley, NJ

Dr. Hersh is affiliated with various Universities.

More About Peter S. Hersh, MD

Peter S. Hersh, MD, completed his undergraduate education at Princeton University and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School, where he subsequently received fellowship training in corneal surgery. Dr. Hersh served full time on the faculty of Harvard Medical School before founding the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute in 1995. He has traveled worldwide to lecture on topics pertaining to laser vision correction and has authored 4 textbooks and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters on topics related to eye care and vision correction.

In addition to leading a busy practice, Dr. Hersh currently serves as a professor of ophthalmology and director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Division at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Medical School and a visiting research collaborator at Princeton University. Dr. Hersh is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons and the Cornea Society. He has been elected into the prestigious American Ophthalmological Society and is on the Board of Governors for the New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology. In addition, Dr. Hersh holds memberships in the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

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