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Eye Care

Life is better when you can see it clearly! Old or young, whether you need a vision correction or you are experiencing discomfort or more serious problems with your eyes, NuHealth’s more than 30 board-certified ophthalmologists are ready for you. Our Eye Center in Nassau University Medical Center provides a complete range of eye care and specialty ophthalmological services, including highly sophisticated diagnostic and treatment technologies not often found in commercial eye care centers. In addition to direct patient care, our eye care experts are often consulted on complex cases by other ophthalmologists, optometrists, and health care providers.

  • Comprehensive Examinations/Vision Screening
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Ocular Disease
  • Retina and Vitreous Disease and Treatment
  • Laser Vision Correction Evaluation and Referral
  • Post-Head Trauma Eye Care
  • Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Detachment, Macular Degeneration
  • Pediatric Eye Care

Specialized Procedures
NuHealth’s eye care specialists have access to sophisticated technologists to help diagnose and treat specific eye conditions, including:

  • Digital Fluorescein Angiography to help diagnose and treat retinal diseases more efficiently
  • Argon and YAG Laser Procedures for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.
  • Ocular Ultrasound to examine the back of the eye in patients whose eyes are swollen shut or who have cloudy ocular media, such as cataracts, corneal clouding, or blood in the vitreous fluid.
  • Orbital Ultrasound to inspect the soft tissue structures surrounding the eye for infections, tumors, congenital abnormalities, inflammatory disease and trauma.
  • Hielderburg Retinal Tomography to aid in the early detection and disease progression of glaucoma.
  • Automated Visual Field Testing to help specifically characterize a potential defect in a particular region of vision.
  • 3-D Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to help diagnose a variety of retinal and optic nerve conditions.

Contact Information

Appointments: (516) 486-NUMC (6862)

Administration:

Chair's Office (516) 572-6706
Administrator – Sarabpreet Khara, MBA, MHA (516) 572-6706
 

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

The Department of Ophthalmology at Nassau University Medical Center provides primary staffing for the NuHealth Eye Center. NuHealth’s ophthalmologists diagnose and treat a broad range of vision disorders and common eye diseases, including:

  • Refractive Disorders — including Farsightedness, Nearsightedness, Presbyopia and Astigmatism
  • Cataracts
  • Color Blindness
  • Dry Eye
  • Eye Infections
  • Glaucoma
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Migraines
  • Photophobia
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Retinal Disorders

And because we have a staff of eye care subspecialists experienced in caring for more complex eye and vision problems, we’ll make sure you get all the specialized care you need … right here.

To make an appointment with a general ophthalmologist, please call (516) 572-6646

Clinical Staff
Marcelle M. Morcos, MD (Chair & Residency Director)
David Immanuel, MD
Caroline Alexander, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmology

It is estimated that 80 percent of learning is visually based – and that means the health and function of your children’s eyes can mean the difference between failure and success. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that every baby receive a vision examination between 6 -12 months of age. NuHealth’s specialists in pediatric ophthalmology work closely with colleagues in Pediatrics to make sure every child has their best chance to learn to the best of their ability.

Pediatric eye care specialists at the NuHealth Eye Center at Nassau University Medical Center provide comprehensive eye care for babies to teens. Years of experience working with youngsters helps them ease the minds of nervous children and parents alike. Services include:

  • Eye health evaluation
  • Visual development evaluation
  • Strabismus Surgery (crossed-eyes)
  • Congenital Cataract Surgery
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity Evaluation and Treatment

After examination, your pediatric ophthalmologist will recommend what, if any, additional follow-up care is needed…including referral to other staff members for specialty eye care and visual rehabilitation specialists.

To make an appointment or consult with a pediatric eye care specialist, call (516) 572-6646.

Clinical Staff
Richard Koty, MD
Michelle Levi, MD
Eric Roberts, MD
Maury Marmor, MD

Cataract, Cornea & Anterior Segment Surgery

Problems with the front or anterior segment of the eye can be both annoying and, occasionally, painful. NuHealth’s specialists in cataracts, cornea and anterior segment surgery restore clarity to aging, affected eyes and provide relief from visual distortion and other symptoms. They also help repair damaged corneas and other structures of the outer eye.

Cataracts

A cataract occurs when a portion of the eye’s lens becomes hardened and cloudy, causing blurred or dulled vision, sensitivity to glare and/or ghost images. Cataracts can develop from normal aging, from an eye injury, from previous eye surgery or if you have taken certain medications. If a cataract interferes with activities of daily living, surgery may be needed. The ophthalmologists at Nassau University Medical Center have performed thousands of successful cataract surgeries and will help determine the best course of action for you.

Corneal and Anterior Segment Diseases

These diseases and conditions affect the cornea (the transparent outer coating of the eyeball), the anterior chamber of the eye (containing the iris and lens), conjunctiva and eyelids.  In addition to cataracts, problems addressed by NuHealth’s ophthalmologists include:

  • Corneal abrasions and tears
  • Corneal allergies, infections and irregularities
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Dry eye and tear disorders
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Fuch's Dystrophy
  • Keratoconus
  • Pterygium

To make an appointment with a Cataract, Cornea & Anterior Segment specialist, call 516-572-6646.

Clinical Staff
Marcelle M. Morcos, MD (Chair)
Caroline Alexander, MD
Alexander Hatsis, MD
David Immanuel, MD
Henry Perry, MD
Richard Nauheim, MD

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the most common eye diseases, estimated to affect more than four million Americans over 40 — half of whom don’t even know they have the disease.  Incurable, it is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, and the leading cause of blindness among African-Americans. In fact, glaucoma is six to eight times more common in African-Americans than Caucasians.  Fortunately, NuHealth’s ophthalmology team includes subspecialists with extensive experience providing care for patients with all types of glaucoma, and offering a variety of medical, laser and surgical treatment options to slow or prevent further vision loss.

Types of glaucoma treated include:

  • Angle Closure Glaucoma
  • Normal Tension Glaucoma (NTG)
  • Pediatric Glaucoma
  • Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Secondary Glaucoma

Because glaucoma has no known cure, early detection is critically important.  NuHealth’s eye care specialists frequently provide free glaucoma screenings at Nassau University Medical Center, NuHealth Family Health Centers and community health fairs throughout the region.

To make an appointment or consult with a neuro-ophthalmologist, call (516) 572-6646.

Clinical Staff
Stanley Berke, MD
Ronald Caronia, MD
Richard Sturm, MD
Richard Gotlib, MD

Retinal & Vitrious Diseases

Many conditions can affect the retina and the gel-like vitreous fluid within the eye.  The retina is the back wall of the eye where millions of light-sensitive nerve endings known as rods and cones receive light and transmit impulses through the optic nerve to the brain, where they are interpreted as a visual image.  NuHealth’s ophthalmology team includes specialists at Nassau University Medical Center who focus on caring for patients with such conditions as:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) 
  • Branch and Central Retinal Vein Occlusions 
  • CMV Retinitis 
  • Diabetic Retinopathy 
  • Floaters, Flashes and Posterior Vitreous Detachments 
  • Macular Edema (CME) 
  • Macular Holes
  • Macular Translocation 
  • Melanoma 
  • Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy (PVR) 
  • Retinal Detachment 
  • Reginoblastoma
  • Retinitis pigmentosa

To make an appointment or consult with an oculoplastics specialist, call (516) 572-6646.

Clinical Staff
Robert Lopez, MD
Kartik Patel, DO
Geoffrey Weisman, MD

Oculoplastics

Victims of facial trauma count on the experienced hands of NuHealth’s oculoplastic surgeons. Our team is frequently brought in on emergency cases arriving at Nassau University Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center, repairing orbital fractures and other structures of the outer eye. In addition, they perform non-emergent procedures to repair malformed or disease affected ocular structures. Problems addressed include:

  • Tear Duct Malfunction
  • Eyelid Deformities
  • Eye Removal
  • Orbital (Eye Socket) Reconstruction

To make an appointment or consult with an oculoplastics specialist, call (516) 572-6646.

Clinical Staff
David Schlessinger, MD

Low Vision & Contact Lenses

For patients with vision problems that can’t be fully corrected by eyeglasses or traditional contact lenses, low vision specialists at NuHealth’s Eye Care Center at Nassau University Medical Center offer help and hope.  In addition to helping identify appropriate technologies to aid in day to day living, there are many instances in which specialized contact lenses can be used to counter the effects of such conditions as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and more. 

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Disease (including corneal transplants)
  • Diabetic and Hypertensive Eye Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Uveitis
  • Vitreo-Retinal Disorders

To make an appointment or consultation with an ophthalmological subspecialist, call (516) 572-6646

Clinical Staff
Joseph Hallak, OD, PhD