Robert H. Rubman, M.D.
Robert H. Rubman, M.D. has been in the practice of ophthalmology for more than 30 years, with a primary focus on refractive surgery. A graduate of Yale College, he received a M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed his medical training at the New York University School of Medicine. He did research at Harvard Medical School before completing his medical training with a residency in ophthalmology at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and a fellowship in anterior segment surgery. In addition, he studied with Dr. Jose Barraquer of Bogotá, Colombia, acknowledged to be the father of lamellar refractive surgery (which has evolved to the current state-of-the-art LASIK procedure).
Dr. Rubman is the author of several journal articles and the book Future Vision, as well as a respected lecturer on refractive surgery techniques, and has taught numerous ophthalmologists how to perform these procedures. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Rubman has been performing refractive surgery since 1981. Commencing in 1983, he was one of a pioneering group of refractive surgeons in this country to perform Keratomileusis, a refractive surgical technique that utilizes a microkeratome and a cryolathe. An actual surgical video of this procedure to correct hyperopia can be found here (the assistant can be heard reciting the critical steps of the procedure). Because of the innovative nature of this procedure, he received considerable media exposure in the New York Metropolitan Area. He performed live surgery on television and was the subject of an article in New York Magazine. This surgery has been performed by only a few surgeons in the United States because of its complexity and the attention to detail required. Subsequently, a non-freeze lamellar procedure was devised and in 1991, Dr. Rubman was one of the first thirty surgeons in the world to perform ALK (Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty), which involved a more sophisticated microkeratome. Dr. Rubman has been performing LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, also known colloquially as Flap and Zap) since the excimer laser was approved for use in the United States and was the first surgeon in New York City to perform this procedure. He has had the opportunity to use a variety of microkeratomes in several thousand lamellar refractive procedures. Dr. Rubman is a certified instructor for the Nidek EC-5000 Laser and has travelled extensively around the country instructing and certifying ophthalmologists on their new Nidek excimer lasers.
He is currently using the VISX excimer with iDesign Advanced CustomVue technology. It is now possible to ablate a patient's refractive treatment on a plastic PreVue Lens to determine what the vision might be like following laser surgery if a similar ablation were performed on the cornea.