With more than 15 years of experience and thousands of successful vision-correction procedures under his belt, Dr. Gordon boosts visual acuity with computer-guided LASIK and PRK procedures. Dr. Gordon’s encyclopedic knowledge of ophthalmology and refractive procedures manifests itself in his numerous articles published in medical journals and during his classroom work as Associate Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Gordon and his team understand that many patients feel apprehensive about undergoing vision-correction procedures. Many of the staff have undergone vision correction procedures themselves and they empathize with nervous patients. To help assuage anxieties, the staff can thoroughly explain each step in the treatment, which helps eliminate the fear of the unknown, such as wondering if there is a Jolly Rancher stuck to the back of your head.
Imagine you're on the set of Good Morning America. You sit there, waiting for the camera's little red light to flick on, knowing that's the signal for Diane Sawyer to turn to you and begin one of her famously analytical interviews. The idea of fielding her questions is probably a bit nerve-racking to most.
Now imagine answering her questions while performing surgery.
Back in 2000, Dr. Joseph Dello Russo demonstrated an actual LASIK surgery on Ms. Sawyer's set—on her co-anchor Jack Ford, no less—responding to her inquiries while deftly performing Mr. Ford's procedure.
Though gutsy, it's not surprising. Even more than a decade ago, Dr. Russo was more comfortable with lasers than many of his colleagues. He was one of 10 physicians invited to take part in the FDA's initial testing of refractive surgery in 1990, and went on to help introduce many evolutions of the technique. He has been profiled in The New York Times on several occasions, with the paper once saying they would look to Dr. Russo for treatment "as far as the eye can see"—coincidentally the eye of a galaxy captured by the Hubble Deep Field Telescope.
Since opening his practice in the 1970s and making a name for himself as a premier cataract surgeon, Dr. Russo has become a go-to professional for all things laser, even being christened the "Godfather of LASIK" by Howard Stern. Today, at Dello Russo Laser Vision, he and his son Jeffrey have performed more than 150,000 procedures to date, and have hosted ophthalmologists from around the country for LASIK trainings. Despite their renown—the Dello Russos are the preferred practitioners of the Brooklyn Nets—they still personally perform each of their pre-procedure exams, laser surgeries, and personal appearances.
Patients at Focus Eye Health & Vision Care Optometrists entrust their eyesight not only to the clinic's selection of stylish frames from more than 35 different designers, but to the highly skilled optometrists that care for their rods and cones. During his tenure as a lieutenant and optometrist in the US Navy, Dr. Matt Esperon employed bladeless vision-correction procedures to perfect the sight of aviators, building a successful career with humankind's two coolest inventions⎯lasers and fighter jets. Meanwhile, founder Dr. Paul Berman applies his decades of professional experience to treat a range of ocular-health problems, while still finding time to give back to the community through his involvement with programs such as the Special Olympics. Vases of flowers add a touch of homey charm to the office, and high-tech LASIK devices and sophisticated diagnostic equipment protect eyeballs with cutting-edge care.
The board-certified ophthalmologists at Corneal Associates of New Jersey perform CustomVue Wavefront LASIK surgery designed to enhance vision and reduce dependency on glasses and contacts. After administering drops to numb peepers and mimicking a variety of whale calls to soothe nerves, ocular specialists use an enhanced excimer laser to reshape eyeballs' outer surface. Customized wavefront technology treats patients based on their eyes' individual topography. Clients stay awake for the less than 30-minute procedure, as laser beams spend 6-7 minutes working to restore visual clarity and allow clients to once again read the tiny diaries of their Polly Pocket dolls. After the surgery, an ocular shield must be worn during the first night while eyes heal. In FDA tests, 100% of LASIK patients were able to pass a driving test without wearing corrective lenses, and 98% had 20/20 vision.
Staffers at this trendy eyewear shop stock their shelves with hundreds of chic designer frames from Gucci, Michael Kors, Ray-Ban, and Maui Jim. Premium-quality lenses marry practicality to fashionable frames: anti-reflective lenses battle glare, and thin, lightweight high-index lenses improve clarity for stronger prescriptions. An alternative to bifocals, Varilux digital progressives correct near, far, and hindsight vision. High-tech options include computer lenses and Transitions, which morph from clear to tinted to instinctively shield eyes from sunlight or 3-D romantic movies. The store abuts a quality eye-care office, where a trio of board-certified ophthalmologists performs routine exams as well as LASIK and other eye surgeries.
Although they established Astoria LASIK Surgery & Eye Care only in 2011, the certified staffers have already made a name for themselves, earning a Best LASIK Center award from the Queens Courier. Equipped with three comfortable waiting areas, four specialized office suites, and 16 spacious examination rooms, the multipurpose health-care center serves the medical, dental, and vision needs of all five boroughs. The doctors, nurses, and administrative professionals speak Spanish, Greek, Hindi, and Arabic, among other languages, and their eco-consciousness makes for a virtually paper-free environment except in their restrooms and really cool, super-top-secret forts where stacks of newspapers act as foundational beams.
The aesthetic specialists at Manhattan Surgical Care thoroughly revitalize skin via a wide variety of minimally invasive means. Microdermabrasion can target blemished skin on the chest, neck, arms, or hands but is chiefly used on the face, where giant space ants tend to aim their magnifying glasses during their dermis-damaging solar attacks. A stream of focused particles brushes away facial topsoil, helping to erase scarring, wrinkles, and sun damage, revealing youthful skin and Incan carvings beneath the mug rubble. A vacuum tool then sucks the accumulation of damaged skin away, leaving only a sparkling facescape. A typical treatment takes about 30 minutes, but duration can vary by skin type.