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Ophthalmology

Focused on Your Vision
Dr. Martin Mayers, Chairman, Ophthalmology, evaluating patient.
“We are dedicated to providing the best eye care to all of our patients,” stated Dr. Martin Mayers, Chairman, Ophthalmology. The youngest ophthalmology patients come from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These babies, born prematurely, often have incompletely developed retinas.

Even at full term, a baby’s retina usually finish growing a few weeks to a month after birth. In premature babies, the retinal blood vessels are at risk of developing abnormally. This abnormal growth called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). The only way to determine if ROP is present is by examining the inside of their tiny eyes. Bronx-Lebanon’s specially trained ophthalmologists initially examine these infants in the NICU, noting abnormalities and the stage of ROP.

If left untreated, ROP can lead to blindness. Bronx-Lebanon was one of the first hospitals in the nation to offer laser treatment for ROP. Following their discharge, the newborns are monitored through regularly scheduled visits to ophthalmologists. Among the broad array of advanced diagnostic and surgical eye procedures performed at Bronx-Lebanon are:

Cataract Surgery, using state of the art microsurgical and phacoemulsification instrumentation, Dr. Mayers and Dr. Joseph Zelefsky train residents in the most advanced techniques.

Cornea and External Eye Disease patients, including those requiring selective transplantation of specific corneal layers, are cared for by Dr. Mayers and Dr. Alex Traykovski.

Glaucoma care, including medical, laser, and surgical treatment, is provided by Dr. Alix Fleury, Dr. Eulogio Gonzalez, and Dr. Zelefsky.
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Dr. Issac Moradi, Attending, Ophthalmology, examining patient. (LtoR): Ophthalmology Attendings, Dr. Pearl Rosenbaum and Dr. Shani Reich, discussing vision test of patient.

Neuro-Ophthalmic conditions are diagnosed and treated under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Blace.

Oculoplastic Surgery is provided by Dr. Blace, Dr. Relly Chern, and Dr. Simeon Lauer.

Ocular Oncology and Uveitic Disorders are cared for under the direction of Dr. Pearl Rosenbaum.

Retinal & Vitreous services, including conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, as well as retinal detachment, are provided by Dr. Jonathan Levine and Dr. Isaac Moradi.

Pediatric Eye-Strabismus-Ocular Motility Disorders
Pediatric Eye/Strabismus/Ocular Motility Disorders are treated by Dr. Scott Afran, Dr. Judith Gurland, and Dr. Lily Zhu-Tam.

Special Diagnostic Testing, including Humphrey Visual Field, Ultrasonic Biomicroscopy (UBM), Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT), Electroretinography (ERG), GDx Nerve Fiber Layer analysis, Fluorescein Angiography (FA), Fundus Photography, and IOLMaster is provided by Certified Ophthalmic Assistants and Technicians, including Anna Marie Buruzan, COT, Melissa Matthews, COA, Evelyn Quijano, COA, and Sylvia Ramos, COA.

Optometric Services are provided by Dr. Luz Amaro-Quirreza, an expert in electro-physiologic testing Dr. Dennis Chui, Dr. Tybee Eleff, and Dr. Lily Zhu-Tam are complemented by the part-time optometry staff of Dr. Ben Freed, Low Vision Specialist, Dr. Nancy Laifer, Contact Lens Specialist, and Dr. Jacob Shafran, Optometrist.
“We take pride in our accomplishments and are committed to continually raising the bar of eye care in the Bronx to the highest possible level.”
-Dr. Martin Mayers.
In addition to direct patient care, the Ophthalmology Department is training the next generation of eye care specialists. An Ophthalmology residency, under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan Levine, and supervision of Evelyn Mojica, Residency Program Coordinator, attracts applicants from the finest schools.

“Many of our graduates then continue their training through their acceptance into highly sought after fellowships,” stated Dr. Levine. Bronx-Lebanon’s Optometry residency, has grown to three optometry residents under Program Director, Lily Zhu-Tam, OD. The main clinical base of operations for the Department of Ophthalmology is the hospital’s Concourse Division.

Satellite services are provided at the BronxCare Poe, Third Avenue Practice, and Family Wellness Center. Emergency eye care is available 24/7.
 
 
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