LASIK Laser Vision Correction
Tired of clunky prescription glasses or the inconvenience and expense of contact lenses? Today, millions of people around the world are seeing better through the help of LASIK laser vision correction. LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) vision correction is an FDA-approved laser surgical treatment for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism that reshapes the cornea to improve visual focus. Your dependence on glasses or contacts can be decreased or eliminated as a result of this procedure. This procedure takes only a few minutes and requires no stitches. The results have been quite impressive. The vast majority of patients who undergo LASIK laser vision correction are able to pass a driver’s exam without glasses or contacts.

Laser System - Park Avenue Laser Vision - Eye Institute - Dr. Robert Ditkoff-New York AstoriaDr. Ditkoff has at his disposal a variety of state-of-the-art LASIK technologies which make it possible for him to tailor your procedure to best suit your own particular needs.

The combined technologies of all-laser LASIK with Intralase™ and CustomVue™ sets a new standard for visual quality and results for correction of the unique imperfections in your vision. IntraLase is a silent, computer-guided laser makes a superior corneal flap and may give the safest, best results for some individuals. Likewise, the VISX laser system correction may result in reduced problems with night vision because it treats a wider zone. CustomVue’s Wave-Scan™-based technology, makes it possible for Dr. Ditkoff to more precisely identify, measure, and correct imperfections.

For some LASIK procedures, Dr. Ditkoff uses the Bausch & Lomb Hansatome® microkeratome to create the corneal flap. A safer alternative to the traditional microkeratome, the innovative Hansatome moves more smoothly and with less resistance to create a superior, individualized flap. Leading surgeons worldwide endorse the revolutionary Bausch & Lomb Hansatome, the gold standard against which all other microkeratomes are measured.

Your LASIK procedure will be designed to give you the best possible results. Based on his careful evaluation of your individual needs, Dr. Ditkoff will select either the Hansatome microkeratome or Intralase for your LASIK procedure.

What will you do with the wonderful new freedom lens-free vision will give you? Swim? Watch your child’s sporting event without using binoculars? Trace the path of your golf ball as it soars down the fairway? LASIK makes it possible to live life as it was meant to be lived….with your personal best vision.

The LASIK Consultation
It costs you nothing to learn if LASIK laser vision correction is right for you. Our free comprehensive consultation is designed to evaluate your personal vision needs and help determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. The consultation typically includes autorefraction, corneal topography and pachymetry, and a brief anterior segment exam.

Dr. Ditkoff will meet with you to discuss the results of these examinations. If you decide to schedule the LASIK procedure, more involved examinations will be performed.

Contact lens users will be directed to refrain from wearing them for a specific period of time before the LASIK procedure; it may be necessary to repeat the topography portion of the exam after that period has elapsed.

The LASIK Day Experience
On the day of your LASIK procedure:
  • eat as you normally would, but refrain from consuming alcohol
  • dress comfortably and perhaps bring a jacket
  • do not use scented items (perfume, cologne, lotions, or hairspray), as fragrances may affect the performance of the laser
  • do not wear makeup
  • bring a companion who can assist with your transportation.

When you arrive at Dr. Ditkoff’s office, you will review a few simple instructions with one of our staff members. Anesthetic and antibiotic eye drops will be administered, and you will be given a light sedative (valium).

Inside our vision correction suite, you will recline at the laser station and will be instructed to look at a blinking light while Dr. Ditkoff performs the LASIK procedure. You will experience little or no sensation other than flashing lights or the sound of the laser. The procedure takes very little time, typically 15 minutes for two eyes.

No eye patch will be needed, but you will be given special eyewear to protect your eyes for a short period. Your companion will take you home, where you should nap for several hours to promote healing. If you are like most people, you will be seeing well and able to return to normal activities the next day.