Testm Eye Care Perth Amboy NJ

Patient Testimonials

Suvojit C.

November 13, 2015

Dr. Santamaria was very patient and comforting during the entire process. I was reassured multiple times that my eyes were healthy enough for LASIK. During the procedure, he and his assistant made sure I was comfortable and made the process painless. I have had no issues since the surgery and wouldn't think twice about recommending Dr. Santamaria!


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Arne I.

August 18, 2014

Surgery was amazing. Colors are bright and vivid. Everything is sharp. White is white, not off-white. Could not see like this with glasses I have worn for 67 years. Thank you, Dr. Santamaria and God bless you.


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Victoria S.

May 30, 2014

My eyes were getting worse every year. Being a diabetic, I was even more afraid. Even with the new glasses, I couldn't see signs or drive-up menus. I decided: "The heck with these vision center places. I'm going for a good check up to Dr. Santamaria". I have Medicare now, but thought he was only a surgeon. Praise God - it was the best move I made. He and his wonderful staff diagnosed a cataract in each eye. Why wasn't it seen before? I went every year for a check up. I now see better than I EVER did. I don't need my glasses. Driving is wonderful. I can read the scores on TV - It's a whole new world. I am so happy and so grateful to Dr. Santamaria and his staff! On top of their expertise, his staff is pleasant, knowledgeable and will answer any questions and concerns! Thank you again.


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Rosemarie H.

February 22, 2012

I have the crystalens implant.  After 6 months I had a detached retina (unrelated to crystalens).  Surgeons told me I would lose some of my close up (reading) ability.  Rather than rely on reading glasses, I kept trying and praying that the crystalens would respond to me, making it work.  At this last eye exam I am able to read two lines better than a year ago (20/25).  Believe that you can get better with God's help, you will.


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Beverly P.

January 9, 2012

The surgery was quick and comfortable thanks to Dr. Santamaria and his wonderful staff. The results were fantastic!


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Vernon B.

February 2, 2011

For the first time in 71 years I am now able to see without glasses thanks to the doctors and staff of the Santamaria Eye Center. They explained every aspect of the operation step by step, and made sure I understood. I felt relaxed and confident. I had 2 operations and each time I received the same excellent care by the most skilled, efficient doctors and staff possible. I would recommend the Santamaria Eye Center to anyone wanting the best Eye Care by the best team of doctors and staff available today. Thank you.


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Rhoda C.

January 28, 2011

I am very happy with the crystalens! (crystalens)


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Paula L.

August 18, 2009

Dear Visitors:

I recently had successful cataract surgery which was flawlessly performed by Dr. Jaime Santamaria. In fact, my vision the day after the surgery was 20/15!

The success of the surgery is not surprising, taking into account that Dr. Santamaria is one of the nations preeminent ophthalmologists and corneal specialists, having performed thousands of cataract surgeries. What makes my particular story different, is that I never, in all of my 50 + years, ever saw anything close to 20/20 without my glasses! My corrected vision hovered around 20/40, achieved with a strong prescription. So, for a person who has worn cumbersome glasses since the age of 5, having near eagle-like vision acuity is, for me, nothing less than astounding, or, some would say, a miracle! I know I see things now that I never saw before; a lawn is not just one expanse of green grass, now I can see each individual blade, I can see a drop of rain hanging onto a flower petal, and I can read the menu posted at McDonalds! I happily and shamelessly asked a fellow shopper if she could tell me the price of a store item because I forgot my reading glasses! An extremely small price to pay for 20/15 vision!

Everyday I will thank the Power who oversees us all for giving us the ability to explore and expand science and medicine and for gifted and exceptional doctors like Dr. Santamaria who has the ability to perform "miracles". Thanks also goes to the Santamaria Eye Center staff who are exceptional in executing their duties.

Everyday I am enjoying the experience of seeing life's "details" that many people take for granted. It is a gift I will never take lightly for the rest of my life.


Paula L.


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James B.

September 2, 2008

I haven't seen this well in 10 years! I haven't used glasses since the surgery. (crystalens)


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Evalina A.

January 10, 2008

My vision was very, very poor for distance or near. Any little chore that I had to accomplish everyday, cooking, driving, was very difficult if I didn't have my glasses on.

I came for an evaluation and I was very pleased that they told me that I could correct my vision, especially since I had no hopes. But they told me they can help me. I was happy.

Every morning when I get up I thank God and Dr. Santamaria because I'm able to see everything again. For me it's like a miracle and having your vision back is a gift from God.

I encourage everybody not to be afraid. A lot of people ask me about my experience with the surgery, so I let them know it was not painful, actually I was very comfortable. They treated me so well and during the surgery in no time the doctor says to me: "It's over". I couldn't believe it. No pain at all. (crystalens)


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Helen C.

January 10, 2008

In my everyday activities everything was affected. In had a major cataract in my left eye and also one in my right eye which I was not aware about. I had trouble with my night driving and even my daytime driving. My vision's wonderful. I was not aware that my vision was so deteriorated prior to the lens being implanted. I can see distance perfectly. Absolutely invest in the procedure. I couldn't say enough about the definite change in vision. I knew that my vision would improve but I was not aware of how amazing the color quality would change, the contrast would change. (crystalens)


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Marilyn R.

January 10, 2008

I do a lot of fishing, and now I can see the beach, the fish and the people. I am so happy I can see everything! (crystalens)


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Madeline H.

January 10, 2008

I'm very happy with my crystalens. I have not needed glasses since I had the first eye done. Dr. Santamaria is fantastic!!


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George S.

January 10, 2008

Beyond my expectations! Even when i had the first eye done, I could compare my vision to the other eye that still had the cataract and see the difference. The brightness is unbelievable. I would do it again, even if more expensive. I see results. you try to explain it to people how improved your vision is, but you have to be there to understand. It's tremendous! (crystalens)


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Sandeep D.

December 31, 2007

I had been suffering from difficult vision along with dryness and itching of eyes for many years. For the last three years I have been examined by a number of ophthalmologist doctors. Every doctor went on giving me higher power of eyeglass prescriptions missing the true diagnosis of cataracts. Only after visiting this office, both Dr. Darving and Dr. Santamaria confirmed that I had cataracts in both eyes. Dr. Santamaria operated on both my eyes and put Crystalens. Now my vision is remarkably improved and I am able to see like a normal, healthy person. I truly appreciate the great services this office performs. Thank you!


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Lydia D.

February 27, 2007

I had been wearing glasses since the age of nine. Later I wore all the different types of contact lenses, never being fully comfortable. After the surgery I wake and can see without glasses. It's great!


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Richard G.

February 13, 2007

When I first came to Dr. Santamaria I was very pleased and had all the feelings of being in good hands. After both operations in both eyes I am especially pleased and thankful for all Dr. Santamaria has done. I know without God guiding those wonderful hands it wouldn’t have turned out as successfully. May God continue to bless Dr. Santamaria in all his endeavors as a good and godly man.


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Henry A.

February 13, 2007

I can see a lot better now than when I wore glasses. I am very pleased with the surgery and thankful that Dr. Santamaria introduced me to the Restor Multifocal lenses. Dr. Santamaria and staff are all very professional and caring to all needs.


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Alma C.

February 7, 2007

The whole process is unbelievable. I’m seeing things that were not apparent to me. I would highly recommend this procedure. I bless Dr. Santamaria and thank God for his skills. (ReZOOM & ReSTOR)


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Carmen R.

January 23, 2007

I am very satisfied with surgery. I can see everything when shopping and I don't have to ask my daughter the prices. Everything looks so clear now. I love not needing any glasses.


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Gerard G.

January 2, 2007

Having 20/20 vision is just great. I can see everything in detail. Thanks for all your help. (ReSTOR)


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Cecilia M.

January 2, 2007

I am very happy. Everything looks new. I am so happy, I look at things and they are so clear and clean and new. The surgery was wonderful. Thanks to Dr. Santamaria for this new vision. (ReSTOR)


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Helene T.

January 10, 2007

After spending years with thick glasses, this surgery was an absolute miracle. It has made the simplest things in life, wonderful – seeing a clock in the morning, finding the soap in the shower and even being able to see the dust! (Array)


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Ruth V.

January 16, 2007

I was unable to see far and near, now after the surgery, I am able to see far and near. The thing I like the most I can see when I wake up. (ReSTOR)


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Laura S.

On June 22nd I came to Somerset Eye Center for my LASIK procedure.

I was rather apprehensive but charged into what I felt would be my new life without contacts or glasses.

The first person I met was a tech and although he impressed me, I can't remember his name. He walked me through all my discharge orders and impressed on me the importance of NOT rubbing my eyes, a topography was done and then a stream of eye gtts were inserted.

From there I went into the OR suite where Dr. Santamaria and two man techs were. Seeing Dr. Santamaria immediately restarted my confidence although, I felt it necessary to inquire as to how he felt. I laid down, my eyes were prepared, taped and the procedure was started.

During the procedure I was instituted on were to look, not to move. I paid strict attention and in less then ten minutes my right eye was done, then another ten and the left one was completed. Plastic type patches were placed on my eyes followed by sun glasses. There was no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Then I got home I took a nap. Around 7pm, three hours past procedure I saw the time on my alarm clock. It was slightly blurry but I was able to see.

The next morning I removed the patches and started my eye gtt regime--I also started a new life without contacts, glasses or the infection I had been having.

I feel that this experience was made much easier due to the techs that prepared me, the wonderful doctor that did the procedure, the follow up care. Nothing was left to chance.

I thank all you again and will advertise LASIK.


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Gretchen P.

Having worn eyeglasses and contact lenses for over 20 years because of extremely poor vision I was very interested in the advance made in laser eye surgery. After researching a few different eye surgeons, I confidently selected the Santamaria Eye Center. The friendly staff and extensive testing and information I received made me comfortable with my decision to have LASIK surgery performed. Dr. Santamaria took time to answer all of my many questions and calm my fears. The results are remarkable. I went from 20/400 vision to 20/20 - 20/25. I can now drive, work and enjoy all activities without the hassles of glasses or contacts. The surgery was painless and quick and recovery was faster than I ever imagined. I have not had any complications or problems because of the surgery and my expectations of results were far surpassed


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Yoneyris P.
December 6, 2002

I am so delighted with my surgery. It's unbelievable how much I can see today, one day after the surgery. I definetly would recommend my friends to have LASIK and especially with Dr. Santamaria. I fell that he is not only a great doctor, but also a friend who really cares about his patients.


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Ruben J.
October 11, 2002

I can see very clearly, I love it! I recommend it to anybody and everybody. I told my sister and she's going to have it done also.


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Nicole L.
October 11, 2002

Wow! It's fast and amazing. I went from not seeing without my glasses to seeing everything.


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Laura B.
September 20, 2002

I have worn glasses for 33 years. It is truly a miracle. I see things clearer than I've ever seen before. Marie and Dr. Santamaria were wonderful.


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William O.
May 24, 2002

I am completely satisfied with the surgery. It is great not wearing glasses.


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Sheryl K.
May 24 , 2002

Amazing! Walked in at 9:15 a.m. Walked out by 10:15 a.m. Rested a few hours and went to baseball game at 6:00 p.m. Could see perfectly. I should have done it years ago. There was no pain and the procedure was very quick. Dr. Santamaria is fantastic.


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Mary Ann M.
May 24 , 2002

It made me feel like a million dollars! I was so happy that I wanted to cry with joy.


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Theresa K.
May 10 , 2002

All I can say is, "It's A Miracle!" After 30 years of glasses and contacts, I'm now free! Thank you so much, Dr. Santamaria and Marie.


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Thomas B.
November 21, 2001

Everything went smoothly. I'm very pleased with the results.


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Mary Z.
August 24, 2001

I found the clinic very helpful. They answered all my questions no matter how silly they were. Dr. Santamaria, I would recommend to everyone I know. Everyone is helpful, considerate and accommodating. I give all involved 4 stars.


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Robin C.
June 28, 2001

I now see the best I ever have. I could see each leaf on the tree a block away. It's great, the only pain I had was taking the tape off my face.


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Jorge Q.
June 28, 2001

I am very happy with everything. My vision is a hundred times better than before. I was taken care of very well.


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Heidi P.
June 28, 2001

The experience of Lasik surgery was not bad at all. Dr. Santamaria was an awesome surgeon. He tells you everything as he goes along and makes you feel very confident and comfortable. I am very excited to be able to wake up the day after surgery and see! I can see the alarm clock without glasses or contacts. It's only one day and I can see everything. My vision is now 20/20. For someone that has had glasses and contacts for many years I am extremely excited and would recommend this to everyone! Thank you for helping me Dr. Santamaria


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Beth U.
April 3, 2001

I would recommend this. I can see extremely well and I'm very satisfied.


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Victor M.
April 2, 2001

Having this procedure done was one of the best experiences of my life. I have no complaints whatsoever. It is a great experience to wake up every morning without the need of eye wear. Excellent doctors, nurses and staff. No regrets.


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Gloria C.
March 23, 2001

It's the greatest feeling! No pain! I would recommend this surgery to anyone.


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Linda P.
March 20, 2001

I do not depend on glasses for the first time in over thirty years. No fog coming in from the cold, no smeary drops in the rain, no glasses falling from my face as I work in the garden. When I had bath water splashed in my eye on the day of my surgery, Dr. Santamaria treated the infection with expertise and gave me all the attention needed to heal it completely. I recommend him to anyone who is a candidate for LASIK.


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Barbara C.
February 15 , 2001

Pleasant staff both at doctor's office and surgery center. I felt very much at ease and confident in entire procedure! The actual surgery was quick with almost no discomfort. I recommend the Santamaria Eye Center whole heartedly. Thanks for opening up my eyes!


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Japan Market Resource Network
Tokyo, 22 January, 2002

Dear Dr. Santamaria,

During my recent cruise in the Caribbean, I found myself out on the ship's deck late one night gazing at the sky. At sea, hundreds of miles away from any city light, more stars tan I cold have ever imagined glittered brightly against the absolute blackness that surrounded me. If there were any one thing that could make someone truly appreciate the miracle of eyesight, it would be to see that very night sky.

Today, I can't imagine living in a world without such a night sky. Yet, because of cataracts, I nearly did. I must admit that I was skeptical about the efficacy of surgery, and I was quite unsure as to what my expectations should be. However, your very thorough and knowledgeable explanation of the surgical procedure, along with the professional confidence of your personable staff, convinced me that the Santamaria Eye Center was the right choice.

Today, I can again do all those things that most people with perfect eyesight simply take for granted, such as reading a newspaper, driving a car or even recognizing a familiar face in a crowd. However, I for one will never take my eyesight for granted again. Thank you for your excellent effort...and for giving me the stars.

Warmest regards,

Robert D.
Executive Managing Director
Japan Market Resource Network


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Jeff M.
November 30, 2000

Basically, the Lasik was very quick and painless. I was a bit apprehensive before the surgery, but afterward I realized my uneasiness was not necessary. I would recommend the procedure to everyone.


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Barbara W.
October 24, 2000

Having Lasik done to one eye has given me the ability for distance and reading. It was fast, easy and everyone was very helpful.


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Better Vision
August 9, 1999

Attn: Santamaria Eye Center, Edison NJ
NJ Eye Laser Centers, Somerset NJ

To all involved:

Recently I experienced corrective vision surgery (LASIK) through Dr. Santamaria at the NJ Eye Laser Center in Somerset NJ. I don't believe that a simple postcard could possibly convey my satisfaction.

The decision to have LASIK performed was not an easy one. I had talked with a few people who had the procedure however I was still very hesitant. Although I was not happy wearing corrective lenses I was not sure if I wanted to risk the vision I had. As it turned out, LASIK was well worth the risk.

After a thorough examination by Dr. Santamaria I was informed that my vision did fit the parameters for corrective surgery. This however was only the first step. Dr. Santamaria and his staff made every effort to ensure I was well informed on the procedure prior to making my decision I was provided with video, reading material, phone numbers of patients who had the procedure prior to me, and the opportunity to ask all of my questions. At no time was I guaranteed perfect vision, only that every effort would be made to reduce or remove my dependency on glasses.

Once I made my decision to have LASIK I met with Marie, the Surgical Coordinator at the Santamaria Eye Center. I once again was made aware of the risks vs. the benefits of surgery. From pre-op to post op, Marie took the time to explain the entire procedure to me ensuring that I was well prepared.

On the day of my surgery, I arrived at the NJ Eye Laser Center feeling a little anxious. I was greeted by professional staff and broad smiles, which quickly helped to defuse my anxiety. All the staff I met was very friendly however I would like to single out those directly involved in my car. Carla guided me through my preparation for the surgery. She did a fantastic job of explaining the entire procedure. I knew exactly what to do and what to expect before I ever saw the procedure room. Once in the room I spoke with Brenda who further helped to put me at ease by explaining the laser and exactly what to expect. Last, but not least, there was Steve. He talked to me through the entire procedure and between his calm demeanor and sense of humor I found myself so relaxed that I joked and laughed the entire time. Being a medical professional myself I recognize when a team works well together and I must say that I was duly impressed.

In closing, I would personally like to thank everyone involved. My vision is better than I ever hoped it would be.

Sincerely,

Eric C.