Eyesight correction was popular among ancient Romans, who toted brick-heavy specs to gladiatorial contests to catch a glimpse of mascots catapulting togas into the crowd. Assess the modern version of vision with today’s Groupon: for $1,899, you get LASEK eye surgery on both eyes at New York Laser Vision, with locations in Brooklyn and Queens (a $4,000 value).
At New York Laser Vision, board-certified ophthalmologist and ophthalmologic surgeon Dr. Giyaur grants crystal-clear vision using advanced, non-cutting laser epithelial keratomileusis corrective surgery—LASEK. The LASEK procedure improves upon older LASIK technology to treat astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, and can correct higher prescriptions with less risk of complications, while also providing clients with a clever mnemonic for remembering “i before e.” A diluted solution softens cornea cells before the advanced VISX S4 IR laser—which uses the same iris-registration technology as high-tech security eye scanners—targets and corrects corneal irregularities without cutting. After the procedure, Dr. Giyaur protects eyes with a clear-bandage contact lens, which patients wear for several days before retuning a few days later for its removal.
With this deal, Groupon holders also get a pretreatment consultation and examination, where Dr. Giyaur gazes into patients’ peepers to determine whether LASEK is appropriate for their vision-correction needs before explaining the procedure, answering questions, and demonstrating the macarena. Most patients achieve 20/20 vision within a few days, and vision continues to improve for the next two to three months.
New York Laser Vision
A second-generation eye surgeon, Dr. Julia Giyaur specializes in blade-free LASIK operations that are cutting edge in every sense but the literal one. In two locations in Brooklyn and Rego Park, Dr. Giyaur provides basic eye care such as check-ups and surgical vision correction, treatments for conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, and astigmatism, and a few aesthetic services such as Botox and Restylane. A LASIK patient herself, Dr. Giyaur helps allay her clients’ fears or concerns on her blog, covering recently asked questions and common ocular ailments.