iLASIK story



This is a topographical map of an individual’s cornea. Each person’s corneal map is a
unique fingerprint of their cornea, reflecting unique curves. Custom LASIK takes that
information into account to produce the best possible visual outcome.


Frequently asked Questions about LASIK


Why choose American Vision Group?
What Is LASIK?
What is i-LASIK?
Am I a good candidate for LASIK or PRK?
Is LASIK painful?
Is LASIK safe?
What are the risks of LASIK?
How soon after LASIK can I return to work?
How soon after LASIK can I apply makeup?
Can I drive home after the LASIK?
What to expect before the treatment?
What can I expect on the day of treatment?
How well will I see after LASIK?


Why choose American Vision Group?

The American Vision Group LASIK mission is to provide the highest quality vision using the most
accurate and safest technology.



Best technology

Dedication to patient satisfaction. Your vision is out passion.

What Is LASIK?

LASIK is a form of laser vision correction to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism,
thereby improve vision without glasses and contact lenses.


Nearsightedness (myopia) – when
incoming rays of light are focused in
front of the retina, blurring objects at a
distance. This happens when the cornea
is too steep.


Farsightedness (hyperopia) – when
incoming rays of light are focused behind
the retina, blurring near objects. This
happens when the cornea is too flat.


Astigmatism – when the cornea, the lens,
or retina are curved like the American
football rather than a basketball. This
creates multiple points of focus, which
blurs the objects at both distance and

There are two main types of laser vision correction to eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses:
Laser in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) and Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK). Epi-LASIK and LASEK are
versions of PRK. Both LASIK and PRK correct vision by gently and precisely reshaping the cornea with
cool laser pulses so that the images are sharply focused on the retina, the “satellite dish” of the eye.

In LASIK a partial flap is created in the surface of a cornea. The flap is temporarily lifted to allow the laser
treatment of the more inner layers of cornea. After the corneal curvature is reshaped by the laser, the
flap is positioned back in its original place, where it strongly adheres to the cornea in the course of a few

In PRK (aka Epi-LASIK and LASEK) the surface of the cornea (epithelium) is removed and the laser
treatment is applied to the underlying layers of the cornea.

The choice of which type of procedure is best for you is guided by multiple factors, which are assessed
during the screening visit.

What is i-LASIK?

The iLASIK uses IntraLASE laser, making this a bladeless procedure. This provides the following
advantages over the old version of LASIK which uses a vibrating blade (microkeratome):

1. Increased Safety

Intralase creates a flap with virtually no complications since it’s guided by a software, unlike a flap
created with a blade, which is controlled by a human hand.

2. Increased Precision

Intralase femtosecond laser creates an exceptionally even flap. In contrast, a flap created with a
microkeratome is always irregular because it relies on a vibrating metal blade guided by a human
hand. Intralase flap is created by a software.

AVG offers its patients the IntraLase i -FS (150 kiloHz laser) - one of the most precise and safest lasers on the market. 

IntraLase i-FS allows New York AVG surgeon to precisely tailor the flap specifically to your
eyes, taking into account your cornea's unique shape and prescription to be corrected. This is not possible with an older version of  IntraLase, FS60.

If you are a good candidate for LASIK, your New York AVG surgeon will use i-LASIK with CustomVue
technology and active eye tracking to perform this procedure.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK or PRK?

Prospective LASIK patients are screened during a free, no obligation consultation with the latest
technology to determine if they are a good LASIK candidate and to ensure they receive an individualized,
custom treatment plan.

To be considered for LASIK screening you should satisfy the following criteria:

1) You must be at least 18 years old to undergo the procedure for nearsightedness.

You must be 21 years old for the farsightedness or astigmatism procedures.

2) Your glasses or contacts prescription should not change by more than 0.50 for at least

one year.

3) Be free of eye medical conditions

4) Have never used Accutane (isotretinoin), a pill prescribed for severe acne.

5) Be free of degenerative or autoimmune diseases

6) Not be pregnant or nursing. Planning to become pregnant does not preclude you from

being a LASIK candidate.

7) Be free of conditions that deter or slow healing such as diabetes, connective tissue

diseases, taking prednisone or another steroid.

If you satisfy these criteria, please make an appointment for a free consultation. Dr. Ovodenko will
personally examine your eyes, paying particular attention to your pupil size, corneal thickness, corneal
topography (a computer-generated curvature map of your cornea), and tear film. Your prescription will be
measure both before and after pupil dilation. The doctor will explain the findings and recommendations to
you and answer your questions.

Is LASIK painful?
Anesthetic drops will be administered before the procedure, so you will feel no pain during the procedure.
If you are having LASIK, you may sense mild to moderate pressure on your eyes for few seconds, but not
pain, during certain stages of the procedure. After LASIK, your eyes may experience sandy sensation or
mild irritation for several hours. It is recommended that you go home and try to sleep for several hours.

If you are having PRK (aka Epi-LASIK and LASEK), you may experience more discomfort after the
procedure compared to LASIK. To ameliorate this, a contact lens will be placed on your cornea for a
week, and you will also receive prescription pain pills.

Is LASIK safe?
LASIK has been approved in the US by the FDA in 1996 for the treatment of nearsightedness,
farsightedness, and astigmatism for eligible patients. Since 1980s , LASIK has been successfully
performed for millions of people worldwide to liberate them from dependence on glasses and contact
lenses. Virtually all people who have LASIK can pass a drivers' license exam without glasses or contacts.

What are the risks of LASIK?
Some people experience temporary side effects after LASIK that usually disappear over time. In rare
situations, they may be permanent. Side effects may include hazy or blurry vision, scratchiness or
dryness, glare, light sensitivity, halos or starbursts around light, decreased contrast sensitivity.

Almost everyone experiences dryness in the eyes and fluctuating vision right after the procedure. These
symptoms usually fade within one month, although some people may have symptoms for a longer period
of time.

How soon after LASIK can I return to work?
Most patients can usually return to work within a day or two after the procedure. If your work exposes you
to lots of dust or splashes of liquid, you should return to work after 5 days.

How soon after LASIK can I apply makeup?
You should allow one week before applying eye makeup.

Can I drive home after the LASIK?
No. Patients must be accompanied by someone who can escort them home.

What to expect before the treatment?
You will have a thorough eye examination to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK.
The exam will entail photographing your eyes, which generates a computerized map (corneal topography)
of your corneal shape. This map will enable our doctor to determine which treatment is best for your

What can I expect on the day of treatment?
LASIK/ PRK procedure takes approximately minutes to complete for most patients. Your entire visit will
be complete in about an hour.
Numbing drops will be placed in your eyes so you don’t experience any pain during LASIK. You will lie
down on a comfortable laser bed and your head will be positioned under a laser. A lid speculum will
be used to comfortably hold your eyelids open during the procedure. You will be asked to focus on
a blinking light in a laser machine for a minute or less. The doctor will view your eye directly through
a surgical microscope to ensure that you are fixating properly. During LASIK, you may experience
mild pressure on your eyes for less than a minute. Once finished, you will be given post-operative
instructions, and rest for a few minutes. Your eyes will be examined by the doctor one more time and
you'll go home to rest for several hours.

How well will I see after LASIK?
On the day of LASIK your vision will be somewhat blurred, as if you are looking underwater.
Nearly all patients having LASIK or PRK can pass a state driver's eye exam without glasses or contact
lenses. You should notice big improvement in your vision the day after LASIK, though it's normal for
some patients to experience small visual fluctuation during the first several months. Vision after PRK
treatment is somewhat blurry during the first week and slowly improves over the course of 6 months.
Nonetheless, you should be able to function at home the day after PRK.
Your physician will consult with you prior to undergoing the procedure to discuss the benefits and risks
to LASIK and PRK.

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