Patient Testimonials

Norden Laser Eye

I went from -1500 in my eyes (that was -12.5 in contacts) to perfect 20/15 vision after just one surgery! Seriously, just get your LASIK done with the best: Dr. Norden! But if you need more convincing, read on …

From the first consult to the last, Dr. Norden and his staff were very friendly and amazing. They were on top of everything. I rarely waited too long to see him. My friend even after one consult booked their surgery the same day right after mine! Originally, due to how bad my prescription was, we thought it’d require 2 surgeries but my eyes healed so well and I could see so well afterwards, there was no reason to.

During the surgery, I was a nervous wreck but Dr. Norden and his crew did a great job calming me down. I felt safe in their hands. After the surgery, I had little to no pain. I was actually up and walking around all day. Also, my eyes had none of the red marks so I didn’t look like I had pink eye at all afterwards which made it a lot better. It took a while for me to be able to see text on a computer screen but trust me, the surgery was worth every penny and minute!

Afterwards, I found out multiple colleagues went to Dr. Norden, all my supervisors and bosses were like, “Oh yeah, I heard he’s the best!” Even my malpractice professor was like, “I went to Dr. Norden also! I also took my son to get his LASIK with him. He’s the best one!” … … A malpractice attorney recommends him! THAT should be reason enough.

Oh, and the waiting room has amazing chocolate chip cookies. Seriously. Amazingly fresh and warm and gooey. I wish I had more follow up appointments just to eat those cookies!

Now I don’t need glasses unless I feel like being a hipster and just take the lens out of the frames.

Free yourself of your glasses, NOW!

Thank You,
Janice L.

Dr. Norden changed my life. Lasik is definitely something I recommend to EVERYONE. Dr. Norden is a doctor you can trust and was very comforting and detailed during the procedure. If you want to see clearly again with your OWN eyes this is a must. I only wish I did it sooner. The surgery lasts less than 15 mins for both eyes and is over before you know it. No pain or any real major discomfort and I was able to function like normal the very next morning. And Dr. Norden was there the whole time to keep me at ease and explain what was going on.

Steve Sidewalk

Danielle Herzlich
Danielle Herzlich

As a professional football player, I’ve always had to have the very best medical care; it’s saved my life. When it came time for my wife, Danielle, to have LASIK, we did the research to find the very best and one name kept coming to the forefront, Dr. Richard Norden. Dr. Norden did Danielle’s LASIK and he and his staff took wonderful care of her and she now sees so well, maybe better than I do! Thanks for all the great care and the results!

Mark Herzlich
NY Giants

Dear Dr. Norden and Staff:

Thank you for seamlessly guiding me through the LASIK process in such a caring and professional manner. For years I had delayed this decision for a variety of reasons, but mostly work related. As a busy orthopedic hand surgeon, I felt that I could never find the downtime for the pre-op preparation and the post-procedure recovery. Also, there was the general apprehension involved when one’s job includes routinely dissecting the small anatomic structures of the hand and wrist. Continue reading…

Kevin Roenbeck
Ridgewood Orthopedic Group

Dr. Norden,

I can’t thank you enough for my new gift of sight! You and your wonderful staff made every moment comfortable and worry-free! Continue reading…

Alexi Panos

Norden Laser Eye Associates,

I had my procedure last week and couldn’t have imagined the effect it would have on my life. I am a huge sports fan and 2 days after LASIK I was at a football game and could read the names/numbers off the player’s jerseys. Continue reading…

Brian Kooperman
Bridgton Sports Camp

Dear Dr. Norden,

I wanted to express my gratitude earlier, but the business world had simply been spinning so fast that I had to find a quiet moment before I could say a proper thank you. You have done three Lasik procedures on my eyes. The original one which, if memory serves, was now 15 years ago and gave me 20/15 vision for the first time in my life and let me shed my glasses and contacts forever. That day’s work made a tremendous improvement in my quality of life. Small things like seeing the alarm clock when I open my eyes and of not being worried on the shooting range when a gust of wind whipped off the dust made a huge difference in how I worked and played. Then a few years later, as I began to need reading glasses, you once again stepped in and corrected one of my eyes so I don’t have to fumble around for glasses when I was handed a contract during a negotiation. And this year, as my eyes began to age even more and reading began to be a problem again, you made another adjustment which put me back into top form. Three times I have come to you for help and three times you have done a wonderful job. I cannot thank you enough.

Stephen C. Daffron
Chief Executive Officer
Interactive Data Corporation

Dear Dr. Norden and Staff,

I just wanted to take this time to thank you and your staff for the wonderful job you did with my LASIK surgery. It was a very easy and positive experience for me. I called and the next week I had an examination and two days later had the procedure. Continue reading…

Daria Costa, D.O.
Attending Anesthesiologist
New Jersey Anesthesia Group
St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center
Paterson, NJ

I am an intensive care physician and NYU. I am 46 and had been wearing contacts for nearsightedness with significant astigmatism since high school; more recently had noted a definite decline in near vision as well. Continue reading…

David Schwartz MD
Section Chief Critical Care Medicine

11 years later and still no complaints. This was without a doubt the best decision I have ever made. Being able to see without the help of glasses or contacts is truly a blessing. Thank you for returning to me the gift of sight.

Gloria Sophia Almonte
Miss New York Teen USA 2001
First Runner-Up Miss Teen USA
Miss New York USA 2007

Before my LASIK surgery, it was getting harder and harder for me to read the box scores in the newspaper each morning, and it was also becoming difficult to follow my golf ball, and that was before it entered the tree line! Continue reading…

Jack McGovern
Athletic Director
Bergen Catholic High School

Dear Dr. Norden,

Please except this letter as my appreciation for the surgery you performed. I spent close to (20) years in public life and the past (8) as Mayor of Palisades Park. As mayor, I’m required to attend meetings, read documents and perform weddings. You can imagine my surprise when in my early 40’s I started needing glasses. When the mid to late 40’s arrived I found it hard to see my cell phone or GPS, not to mention the restaurant check. During that time, every eyeglass doctor I visited always told me I was not a candidate for Lasik Surgery. That was before I decided to stop in your office for a consultation. Your explanation of a procedure called “Monovision” left me comfortable and anxious to have it done. I was able to read immediately after the surgery and my eyes only got stronger over time. Your staff always acts professionally and is a pleasure to deal with. I cannot be happier with the decision I made to have the procedure performed and I would recommend you to anyone.

Sincerely yours,
James Rotundo
Mayor James Rotundo
Borough of Palisades Park, NJ

Norden Laser Eye

I cannot say enough about the incredible experience I had at Norden Laser Eye, and specifically with Dr. Norden. From the moment I arrived, I was immediately welcomed by the friendly staff who helped me to feel at ease. Another plus was that everyone in the office was extremely knowledgeable and willing to help in whatever way they could. Dr. Norden himself was both professional and personable and answered any and every question I had. I found myself able to trust Dr. Norden very quickly, and feel confident in his expertise.

As far as the procedure itself is concerned, I couldn’t believe how smoothly it went. The atmosphere was both comfortable and relaxing; a combination one might not think is possible when undergoing surgery. The procedure went exactly how Dr. Norden promised it would with no last-minute surprises.

As wonderful as the staff and Dr. Norden were, nothing compares to the amazing results. The morning after my surgery when I woke up, I felt as though I was truly seeing for the first time. As the owner of DJ Express (an entertainment company located in Paramus) it is part of my job to be able to visually please my clients. After my surgery, colors appeared to me in a way they never had before. I would recommend Dr. Norden and Norden Laser Eye to anyone who has ever considered getting laser eye surgery. Trust me; your eyes will thank you for it!

Thank You,
Joseph Zisa
DJ Express Entertainment

Dear Dr. Norden,

My wife and friends were absolutely correct when they said Lasik was a life changing procedure and that you were a fantastic doctor. I could not be happier with the process, the procedure and, most importantly, the result! From beginning to end, you were the consummate gentleman and professional. It truly was a pleasure doing business with you and your team of world class professionals.

F. John Ambrose, Jr
Managing Director & IT IB Chief Operating Officer
Credit Suisse

Dear Dr. Norden,

As an avid runner and outdoorsmen suffering from dry eyes, wearing contact lenses was leading to be progressive corneal irritation. I had Monovision Lasik Surgery in 2009. The procedure was quick and painless. Continue reading…

John M. Owens, MD
Chief Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Englewood Hospital

Dear Dr. Norden,

I do not have the words to express how much your service and skill are appreciated. As an OB/GYN I spend time in both an office and an operating room. It has been my career and my life for over two decades. Continue reading…

Karina Zhuravleva, M.D., FACOG
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center

Dear Dr. Norden,

Thank you for making me see the light!!! Living without glasses for the past 18 months has indeed been a pleasure. I could not be happier with my decision to have you perform my LASIK procedure. The entire procedure from pre-screening, to the day of the procedure, and all the follow ups was great.

I highly recommend you to anyone looking for the best.

Best Regards,
Mitchell Adelstein
Managing Partner, Capstone Realty Group

The great science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once observed that any technology, sufficiently advanced, is indistinguishable from magic. I’d like to thank Dr. Richard Norden, magician, for ridding me once and for all from eyeglasses, contacts, reading glasses, et al. For the first time in my life I can drive, read and see where I’m going without mechanical assistance of any kind. It still seems miraculous!

Thanks, Doc!
Norm Green
Author: Way Past Legal and Shooting Dr. Jack

Dear Dr. Norden,

Having had over forty five years of 20:20 vision I never really appreciated just how lucky I was until I had to endure four years with reading glasses and contact lenses. Continue reading…

Kind Regards,
Peter Miles
Executive Vice President
BMW North America

What a pleaseure to be able to fly and travel within Italy without glasses or contact lenses! Thank you Dr. Norden — ten years and counting!

Steve Perillo
Perillo Tours

Dr. Norden:

At a key point in my career, I made a very important and fortuitous decision. I met you and decided to have the Lasik procedure. This was approximately fifteen years ago, a time when Lasik wasn’t known to many people. Continue reading…

Very truly yours,
Tom Hallman
A.I. Credit Corporation

Dear Dr. Norden,

Having covered the Mets for a few years, I have witnessed my share of errors. Still, I couldn’t see the biggest “E” of them all. Without my glasses on, the “E” that stands alone the eye chart looked like some sort of Rosarch ink blot test.

Now that I’ve gotten the requisite sports reference out of the way, I’d like to thank you and your staff for my new vision. Your courtesy and thoroughness stood out throughout the short process. Not one question I had went unanswered, which is a much higher success rate than I usually have.

Before my procedure, I was told the most important aspect in picking a doctor is making sure they had numbers, that they had performed LASIK countless times. This advice couldn’t be more accurate.

I would recommend you to anyone who asked, because I am fully satisfied and seeing superbly.

Thank you,
Andrew Marchand
Senior Sportswriter ESPN NY
Contributor ESPN NEWS
Former Sportswriter NY POST

“I was extremely pleased with this ‘life altering’ procedure. The experience was pleasant and the results better than I could have ever expected.”

Carol Blazejowski
WNBA Hall of Fame
US Olympian

“I asked a lot of questions and did my research before choosing a doctor. Everything went exactly the way Dr. Norden said it would. “

Lee Terrell
Van Heusen

“This is one of the best things that ever happened to me. My life with glasses and contact lenses will not be missed.”

Kimberly Ann Pressler
Miss USA 1999

“I was a slave to contact lenses before Dr. Norden freed me.”

Dyan Machan-Berns
Associate Editor
Fortune Magazine

“LASIK restored my vision like magic! The freedom I feel at work and during athletic activities is the best gift I ever received.”

Jim Hahn, D.M.D.
New Jersey LASIK patient

“I can see for the first time – 20/10 without glasses or lenses – since second grade. Fifteen minutes and not a moment of discomfort.”

Patricia Sietz-Homig
Emmy Award-Winning Editor

“After meeting Dr. Norden, I felt totally confident and secure. The results have been outstanding.”

Tom Barrise
Interim Head Coach, New Jersey Nets

Dear Dr. Norden,

Eighteen months ago, I came to you as a severely myopic middle-aged woman, near-sighted since the age of 10. Tired of contact lenses, constantly red-eyed, not wanting to be caught dead in public with my thick glasses on, I came in for a consultation. I was terrified by the idea of laser surgery, but was soon won over by your gentle manner and obvious expertise in the field. I swallowed hard and submitted completely to your care.

Today, I wake up in the morning still convinced that a miracle has occurred. You, Dr. Norden, have given me the gift of perfect vision. Guiding me through a process that was handled from start to finish with supreme care, confidence, and capability, you made me feel safe and assured of today’s very happy outcome.

Thank you, Dr. Norden, for evoking a change in my life that I will never, ever take for granted. You are a supreme and masterful professional, and I will be eternally grateful to you.

Yours sincerely,
Cynthia Phelps
Principal Viola
New York Philharmonic

“Stellar performance Dr. Norden! Having LASIK has done wonders for my career and my life. It just doesn’t get any better than that.”

Tony Darrow
Sopranos and Goodfellas

“Dr. Norden, you are a true magician. LASIK changed my life forever. In ten minutes you made my dreams come true in a totally painless procedure. I find it a true miracle to be able to play without contact lenses.”

Christina Kiss
Professional Concert Pianist

“As a competitive triathlete and someone who needed corrective vision, I had always worried about losing my contact lenses during competition. I had the procedure and had fantastic results. My level of anxiety has been drastically reduced – not having to worry about losing my contact lenses helped me to swim my fastest 2.4 miles ever!”

Katherine J. Roberts, MPH, Ph. D
Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University

Unbelievable! I had my LASIK surgery yesterday and I already see perfectly! Dr. Norden was like a robot during the procedure; he knew exactly what he had to to, and he did it perfectly. I felt completely relaxed and comfortable during the procedure, he explained everything he was doing the whole length of the procedure. He is very nice and answered all of my questions! I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend anybody to go to him for this procedure. (Did I mention I would highly recommend him?)

My old contact lens proscription was -4.75 in both eyes.

The whole reason I wanted this done was because I was tired of spending $600 a year on contacts. Enough was enough. My Father had his LASIK done by Dr. Norden almost 15 years ago so I knew he was very experienced with the procedure. I am very squeamish and was very scared to get the surgery. Believe me if I can do it, you can. The first step is to get the paperwork out of the way, and immediately after that you are brought into the relaxation room to chill out and get a back massage in the high tech chair they have! After twenty or so minutes they bring you into the operating room with the music you had chosen to play of your choice during the procedure; I chose Pink Floyd. It was un-nerving laying down on the table, I was almost shaking I was so scared but once Dr. Norden came in and started doing his thing I was calm, I knew I was in great hands. I didn’t feel a thing. The procedure itself was lightning fast, the only songs that played were Wish You Were Here, and Shine On You Crazy Diamond, so it couldn’t have been more than 20 minutes for both eyes.

When completed, and I sat up for the first time I couldn’t believe how well my vision had improved already! We went into another room to see just how much of an improvement I had made already. I could almost see the 20/20 line already. He then took a final look at my eyes with a machine to make sure the flaps were seated correctly. The last thing they did was placed clear lenses over my eyes to be worn until the following morning.

After I got home I took some of the eye drops I was prescribed, laid down and zonked out for awhile. Overall discomfort was as if you had a pair of dried out contacts in your eyes. My eyes also wouldn’t stop watering! By the time I woke up this morning I could already see better than I ever did before with contacts or glasses.

The procedure was worth every penny. He could have charged me twice as much and it still would have been worth it.

Dr. Norden and his practice is a solid 11/10. I wouldn’t have trusted any other doctor to do it to be honest.

-Shawn H

Dr. Nord

en is very thorough with his explanations of the procedure and addresses all of the concerns of the patient. He is fully open to questions at any time, and gives each patient plenty of time with him. He is easy to reach through the office, his cell phone, and responds back very promptly by e-mail. He is significantly experienced and qualified, and confident in his abilities. He is reassuring to the patient that there is nothing we can screw up, that it is painless and mostly computerized

-Healthgrades User

Dr. Norden and his skilled staff did a fantastic job with my LASIK procedure! I’m seeing better than I ever did with glasses or contacts and they made the whole process as smooth as possible.

-Dr. Bill Wagner

Dear Richard A Norden,


Please note the following: – My son’s delicious smile in the morning – My wife’s beautiful brown eyes at bedtime – Distinct leaves of the foliage – The flight of a golf ball – Crisp stars at night – The address on a house from my car – The face of a patient from WAY down the hall These are some of the wonderful images you have made it possible for me to see the first thing in the morning, the last thing at night, and all the minutes in between. Every one without having to feel around for my glasses, squint, or struggle with lenses.

Thank you for that wonderful gift as well as your kindness and professionalism.

-Jay M. Kashin, MD

Having LASIK was one of the best decisions I’ve made. As a Plastic Surgeon my vision is critical to my work and there is no one I would trust more with my vision than Dr. Norden. His expertise and technical skills are astounding. Thanks Rich.

-Dr. Robert Zubowski

If you want to ditch the contacts and/or the specs, this is the man to see. THANK YOU Dr. Norden.

-George Christopoulous