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our values

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    Ambition

    We are creating something worth creating, that will endure the test of time. We do this by relentlessly focusing on the success of our employees and customers. We’re grounded by humility and driven by ambition and expect our employees to be too.
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    Make It Fun

    We believe in celebrating our successes, milestones and hard work, through recognition, appreciation and rewards
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    Passion For Learning

    We want to be at the forefront of change and growth; there is always something we can learn.
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    Live The Golden Rule

    We are empathetic and respectful of each other, customers and the communities we serve. We value, encourage and celebrate the gifts in one another and respect the inherent dignity and worth of every individual.
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    Integrity

    We believe in honesty, openness, trust, respect and reliability in all that we do.
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    Focused Teams

    Working together on a project is more important than who gets credit. We put trust in our teams and watch the incredible accomplishments happen when ego takes a backseat.
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    You Are Unique

    We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests, and cultural backgrounds to help us succeed.
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    Investing In Our Employees

    “We train our people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to” (Richard Branson)
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    We are honest about the actions we are taking, being upfront and visible.

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How does an ERG work? Advanced vision care in Manhattan
RETeval ERG is an amazing device that provides comprehensive information about your retina's functionality. The retina is the back part of the eye that detects light entering our eyes. And it converts that light signal into an electrical signal for your brain to then respond to, and interpret the information that entered your eye. 

What to expect during a RETeval ERG test?

RETeval ERG device records both the strength and the speed of the electrical response generated by your retina by shining a series of flashes of light into the eye. And the way that this electrical response is detected is by placing sensor strips right under your eye. First, we will prepare your skin for this test. We will use a skin preparation gel to get rid of any sort of essential oils on your face and to make sure your face is clean and dry, so that the sensor strips can detect the electrical signal generated by your retina when we place them under that. When we've placed the sensor strips on your eye and prepped your skin, we'll attach the electrodes of the device to the sensor strips. Next, we'll ask you to cover your non-tested eye and flash a series of lights into your other eye. You will have to focus on the red light that will enter your eyes. Typically, this typically takes just around a minute and afterwards, we will test the other eye. 

What conditions can RETeval ERG diagnose?

We invested in the most advanced technologies at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan to enable our optometrists to have the best tools to detect eye disease earlier, and provide the best options for management and treatment of a variety of eye diseases and conditions. ERGs are useful in diagnosing inherited and acquired retinal disorders. In addition, ERGs can be used to monitor progression of different diseases. Following are the conditions for which RETeval ERG is useful for: 
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Nystagmus 
  • Amblyopia
  • Diabetic retinopathy

RETeval ERG at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

In the event that you or a loved one is at risk or has been diagnosed with any of the above conditions, RETeval ERG can play an important role not only in diagnosing the disease but also in monitoring the progression of the disease guiding the proper treatment. Patients searching for advanced medical eye care using state of the art technology visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. If you are looking for passionate and knowledgeable eye doctors that take their time to fully care for your eyes and vision, schedule an eye exam with us today. You can call at (212) 752-6930 to schedule an eye exam.
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Esophoria treatment in New York City
Esophoria also known as Divergence Insufficiency is a condition in which our eyes are naturally more in than out when viewing something near or far away.

How do symptoms of esophoria occur?

When your eyes are closed, they are in their natural position. Eyes are naturally pointed in when they're resting, but when you wake up they have to move out to see straight, which can strain the visual system and cause many symptoms.  Esophoria is characterised by the following symptoms:
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Tired eyes
  • Double vision
  • Motion sickness
  • Tendency to close one eye
If you notice any of these symptoms or experience sudden changes in your vision and find it difficult for you to perform your daily activities, please schedule an eye exam with our eye doctor in New York.

How is esophoria diagnosed?

Esophoria is an easy condition to diagnose. The first step in diagnosing esophoria is to visually examine the eyes for any alignment problems, which may include tropias and phorias. In order to pinpoint the problem, a series of cover tests are conducted. These include the:
  • Cover-uncover test 
  • Alternate cover test 
  • Alternate prism cover test 

How can esophoria be treated?

‌We have extensive experience treating esophoria at our vision therapy practice in Manhattan. Multiple studies have demonstrated the efficacy of in office vision therapy for treating esophoria. Patients with functional vision issues such as esophoria and visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of functional vision services under the leadership of Dr. Wernick FCOVD, for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.  Here are some common treatment methods:
  • Vision Therapy - The purpose of vision therapy is to teach you how to quickly and efficiently team both eyes together. The key focus of vision therapy for esophoria is divergence. Various guided tasks or exercises are used to work on critical skills such as recognizing poor eye coordination, improving convergence ability, improving divergence ability, and adjusting quickly between convergence and divergence. Esophoria usually requires 30 hours of office therapy under the guidance of a vision therapist and functional optometrist.
  • Prisms - here is some evidence that prismatic lenses can be effective for esophoria, and you may benefit from prismatic lenses significantly. Prisms are often oriented in a base-out direction, which decreases the divergence demand placed on your visual system.
  • Eyeglasses - When a patient has a high prescription for glasses (often one for far-sightedness or hyperopia) or significant imbalance between his or her eyes, glasses may affect the patient's eye position.

Schedule an eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

Esophoria can cause problems in your life, particularly if you do intricate activities, or if you read a lot or do anything that requires sustained attention for a long period of time. You should have our functional optometrist do a functional vision exam if you have been told that you have esophoria or display symptoms that indicate that you have this condition. Call (212) 752-6930 to schedule a functional vision exam. Patients with esophoria, also known as divergence insufficiency,  visit our clinic to see Dr. Wernick FCOVD, from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of functional vision services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
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Exotropia treatment in NYC
Exotropia is one of the most common types of childhood strabismus, where one or both eyes are turned outwards, with a prevalence of 1% in the United States. We will discuss exotropia, its symptoms and different treatment options for the condition in this blog.

What is exotropia?

Exotropia is an eye condition in which one of your eyes points out. When someone has an eye that drifts out, or might be permanently out, and does not seem to be looking at you with one eye, then they may have exotropia.

What are the common symptoms of exotropia?

The signs and symptoms of exotropia include:
  • Outward eye turn
  • Blurred vision
  • Diplopia (double vision)
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Avoidance or inability to focus while reading
  • Motion sickness
  • Decreased depth perception
If you experience any of these symptoms and suspect that you have exotropia, visit our functional vision optometry office in New York City. Our functional optometrist, Dr. Nat Wernick is a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and has extensive experience helping patients with exotropia.  

How does exotropia affect vision?

Basically, exotropia occurs when something goes wrong with our eyes' teaming system.  Essentially, it's the inability to point both eyes at the same spot at once. You can either be born with it or develop it later in life. The downside of exotropia other than the cosmetics is that you don't have a good depth perception information given to your eyes. Our brain relies on our eyes to coordinate to the same place to give us two different angles of looking at something and then using those two different angles, it creates a depth for us to interact with. If you hold a pen in front of your eyes and have good depth perception, you will always be able to touch the tip. However, someone with exotropia will not be able to touch the pen's tip. In this situation, it will appear as if they are trying to touch the pen with one eye closed. And with one closed, they will not have good depth perception.

Get the best treatment for exotropia at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

Dr. Wernick FCOVD deals with exotropia frequently at the practice. Many people with exotropia are able to benefit from vision therapy. Surgery should only be considered as a last resort for large angle intermittent exotropia. With surgery, patients with a significant large angle eye turn can appear more confident in social situations since the eye appears aligned.  Visual function is usually not improved by surgery, so vision therapy is usually combined with it. Moreover, some people have good control over moving their eyes in and out and may not require any treatment. Patients with exotropia visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of functional vision services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. You can schedule a functional vision exam with our eye doctor to thoroughly assess your vision and discuss these treatment options. You can schedule an appointment by calling (212) 752-6930.
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How often should I go in for imaging and ERG if I have Glaucoma?

Understanding the importance of routine advanced testing for Glaucoma

In the United States, glaucoma affects about 3 million people. It is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Patients with glaucoma do not exhibit early symptoms, therefore 50% of them are unaware they have it. In most cases, how often you need imaging and ERG depends on the severity and stage of your glaucoma. Our eye doctor may recommend that you see them every six months or every year if you have mild glaucoma or are more likely to develop it. However, if you suffer from more severe glaucoma, our eye doctor may want to see you every two to four months or in some cases just about every month. So the answer of how often to get testing done really depends on your glaucoma's stage and severity.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

If you suspect you have glaucoma, our eye doctor will perform different imaging tests on you as a baseline to compare with future images. The first thing they do in a glaucoma assessment is measure your eye pressure. After measuring your eye pressure, they examine your optic nerves with a dilated fundus examination.

How is an OCT used to diagnose and manage glaucoma?

Several imaging tests are available at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan that set us apart as a specialty center for glaucoma patients. We have invested in one of the most advanced OCT machines that allow our eye doctors to examine the retina's different layers. In glaucoma, the optic nerve is damaged, and the way that they assess this is by looking at the thinning of the nerve fiber layers. The OCT can help our eye doctors to measure how thin certain areas of your retina are. It also provides information on your macula. Other information that the OCT gives them is, for instance, if you have a specific type of narrow angle glaucoma in which the drainage area inside of your eye is too narrow, resulting in an increase in eye pressure, which then damages your optic nerve. The OCT allows them to see how narrow or open your drainage areas are. Moreover, it provides information about your corneal thickness, which is important when following up on glaucoma patients. When your corneas are thinner than average, that means that your eye pressure is actually higher than what they are reading, which is important for them when following on a glaucoma patient, so the OCT provides them with valuable information.

What is visual field testing for glaucoma?

Amplify EyeCare Manhattan offers visual field testing as well. Through this, they can determine how well your peripheral vision functions. A visual field report may describe a variety of visual field defects associated with glaucoma. Thus, they test you for any signs of glaucomatous vision problems.

How is an ERG used to diagnose and manage glaucoma?

Another imaging device that is available at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan is the RETeval ERG. The device provides comprehensive information to our eye doctor about your retina's performance and measures both the speed and strength of the electrical response generated by your retina. In addition, if the report notices any signs of stress on your retina, or if there are any abnormalities, for example, if they do the procedure for glaucoma, and it shows deviation from a standard norm that compares you to a population of people your age, they may want to intervene sooner.  They may want to monitor you more closely and see you every three to four months instead of every six months if:
  • You are still glaucoma suspect
  • Your eye pressure is borderline high, which is still not high, but borderline
  • If you have a strong family history of glaucoma
  • If you have other risk factors

Schedule a medical eye exam for glaucoma with the latest technologies including the OCT and ERG scan in Manhattan

Since glaucoma can develop without symptoms until later stages, it's important to get regular eye exams so we can detect and treat glaucoma using state-of-the-art technologies such as OCT and ERG. You can schedule an eye exam by calling at (212) 752-6930. Patients with glaucoma visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of imaging and diagnostic services for glaucoma patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
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What is Exophoria?
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Exophoria occurs when one or both eyes drift outward when looking at an object. You will find it difficult to focus both of your eyes on an object. It occurs due to poor eye coordination.

What causes symptoms of exophoria?

Our eyes naturally rest in a particular position and when we close our eyes at night, they return to this natural position. For many of us, it's straight. When we wake up in the morning, our eyes are naturally oriented more outward. Because our eyes have to move back to see things straight and to make sure everything is single, this strains our visual system over time, making it more difficult to maintain that posture because our brain and our eyes are always working together to keep our eyes straight. This can happen over the course of a day or when studying or reading for a long time and can create symptoms in the system. The following are really common symptoms of an exophoria:
  • Tired eyes
  • Eye strain
  • Headache
  • Not being able to pay attention
  • Double vision

How can exophoria be treated?

‌It is possible to reverse exophoria with consistent treatment. A few common treatment methods include:
  • Vision therapy: In the majority of cases where exophoria is causing discomfort or difficulties with vision the best treatment option is personalized vision therapy. Our eye doctor may recommend vision therapy for exophoria to improve focus and eye movements and reduce eye fatigue and eye strain.
  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses: You may be able to treat exophoria with eyeglasses or contact lenses, and you might find your symptoms improve with lenses that correct for myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness).
  • Prisms: Certain cases may require treatment through prisms built into eyeglass lenses. For more severe cases of exophoria, prisms can help align the image perceived by the eyes. You can find out if you need prism correction from our eye doctor.

How can you test for exophoria at home?

If you want to determine whether you have exophoria at home, you can close one eye and look at a distant target. You'll be looking at something on your wall, maybe a picture or something else from about 10 feet away.  Initially you will look at that picture with your right eye covered and then you will cover your other eye. Now if that target moves as you switch from one eye to the other eye, that indicates phoria. A few small movements are normal, but if the thing you're looking at looks like it's jumping from left to right as you cover one eye and then another, then you have larger phoria, meaning your eyes have to work harder to create single vision. This is something to keep in mind.

Schedule an eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

A wide range of visual dysfunctions can be diagnosed and treated at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan by our eye doctors and vision care team. You can schedule a functional visual evaluation if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with exophoria or suffers from any of its symptoms.  Patients with exophoria visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of functional vision services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. We will evaluate your visual problem and discuss the most appropriate treatment options for lasting results. Call Amplify EyeCare Manhattan at (212) 752-6930 to schedule an appointment today.
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Presbyopia diagnosis and treatment
It is estimated that 128 million Americans suffer from presbyopia, and the number is growing. Presbyopia is a completely natural part of aging and it causes a decrease in our ability to see clearly up close due to normal changes to the eye's structures. Presbyopia can be treated with reading glasses, multifocal contact lenses, refractive surgery, monovision modality, prescription eye drops called Vuity, and implantable surgery. 

How does presbyopia occur?

Our eyes have a structure called the lens. At a young age, it is very clear, thin, and flexible. The lens changes shape when we need to see something up close, and it has a higher focusing ability, allowing us to see clearly at close range. Over time, this lens's flexibility decreases, and it becomes thicker, so it becomes more difficult to change its shape when we need to focus on something up close, therefore we can't see things up close as clearly anymore.

What are the common symptoms of presbyopia?

There are a number of symptoms you may experience:
  • You may experience blurry vision up close
  • You may start to notice you have to hold things further away from you
  • You may notice you have difficulty switching between tasks.
If you experience any of these symptoms, please visit our eye doctor. In order to address any symptoms you may have, our eye doctor will discuss a thorough case history with you. Afterwards, you would undergo a refractive eye exam, which determines what is the correct power lens you need to see clearly up close. After your eye exam, our eye doctor will discuss the various options that are available including reading glasses, multifocal and bifocal glasses, multifocal contact lenses, Vuity eye drops, and surgery. 

What are the different treatment options for presbyopia?

This condition can be treated in a variety of ways. The following are some of them:
  • Reading glasses  - One of the treatment options would be to simply get a pair of reading glasses so you can see clearly when performing any sort of near tasks.
  • Bifocal or multifocal eyeglasses - Our eye doctor may also recommend you wear bifocal glasses or progressive lenses. If you already wear glasses for distance vision our eye doctor may recommend new lenses that are composed of two or three different powers within the same lens so that you can then see clearly both up close and far away.  A bifocal lens is a pair of glasses that has two distinct sections, one for near and one for far. They are available with a line on it as well as without a line that distinguishes between the two sections.  A progressive lens does not have a line, but is composed of multiple zones for near, far, and intermediate viewing. It allows you to see clearly when reading a book at near, when looking at signs while driving for distance, and at an intermediate range, such as looking at a computer.
  • Bifocal and Multifocal contact lenses - Contact lenses are another treatment option. Those who wear contacts could wear reading glasses on top of their regular distance vision lenses, or they could get a multifocal or bifocal contact lens.  Bifocal contact lenses will have two powers built into the lens, a zone that corrects near vision and a zone that corrects far vision.  A multifocal lens design is much like progressive glasses, but with contact lenses. It has three different powers within one lens, allowing you to see clearly far away, at intermediate distance, and up close.
  • Monovision contact lenses and glasses - Mono vision is another option that is available in both contact lenses and eyeglasses, where one eye is corrected for distance, while the other is corrected for near, allowing you to see clearly far away and up close with one pair of glasses or contact lenses. The major drawback of monovision lenses is that we use two eyes to create stereo vision (depth perception), however monovision only uses one eye for the visual task, which impairs our ability to use both eyes for the visual task.
  • Laser refractive surgery monovision - Monovision refractive surgery is another treatment option. It's also similar to the monovision modality we discussed with contact lenses, but this is a more permanent solution. You should try out the monovision modality before undergoing refractive surgery to see if you like it before you undergo anything permanent.
  • Laser refractive surgery blended - This is a newer technique that corrects for both near and distance in each eye, therefore limiting some of the depth perception problems of monovision refractive surgery. Before considering surgery it is important to discuss the available solutions with our eye doctor and fully understand the options available.
  • IOL-Intraocular lens implants - You can also undergo other implantable surgeries. This option was originally used for cataract whereby the surgeon replaces the lens with a new implanted lens. However over recent years there have been many advances in IOL technology and there are now multiple options available in monovision, bifocal and multifocal for patients with presbyopia. While IOL surgery is extremely common and generally safe, with any invasive surgery there are risks associated as well as common side effects that are reported in 20-30% of implants. Common side effects include glare and halos.
  • Vuity eye drops - Recently, a prescription eye drop came out that allows you to see clearly up close without even wearing reading glasses or contacts. This is the first eye drop for presbyopia with FDA approval. Basically, this prescription eye drop constricts your pupil and allows you to see clearly up close for six to ten hours. This treatment is best suited for patients in their early 40s and mid 50s. Usually, presbyopia begins at around 40, sometimes a little later and these eye drops provide clear vision for a couple of hours. Studies have shown that it improved near vision by three lines without affecting distance vision much. It only reduced your faraway vision by one line. It is extremely important to undergo a comprehensive eye exam prior to starting Vuity eye drops, as this correction method can lead to severe complications for people with certain conditions. If you are interested in this and would prefer not to wear glasses or contacts, you can speak with our eye doctor. Our eye doctor will check if you have any kind of retinal condition before prescribing these drops.

Consult our eye doctor

You should schedule an eye exam if you notice any changes in your vision when viewing nearby objects, especially if you're older than forty. Presbyopia could be the cause of this change in vision, which will be examined by our eye doctor. Patients searching for advanced treatment for presbyopia and alternatives to reading glasses visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. You can schedule an appointment at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan by calling at (212) 752-6930. Our eye doctor will discuss the right treatment plan for you in order to help you perform near-distance vision functions.
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What Are The Best Eye Drops For Dry Eyes?
When someone visits their local pharmacy there are so many different options for eye drops and oftentimes the eye drops only provide momentary relief. In this blog we are going to discuss various eye drops that you can use for your dry eyes. We will also explain why it is critical that you first have a dry eye evaluation to understand what is causing your dry eye, and only then purchase eye drops. This is because eye drops can actually make your dry eye worse if they are not specifically targeting the cause of your symptoms.  Let's begin by discussing what dry eyes are.

What are dry eyes?

Dry eyes is a multifactorial disease that affects the front surface of your eyes. It may result in insufficient tear production, or there may be a problem with the outermost oil layer of your tears, resulting in tears evaporating much more quickly and causing film instability. Inflammation and damage to the ocular surface are also associated with dry eyes.

Why do I need a dry eye evaluation? 

During the dry eye evaluation our eye doctors will examine your tear film and your glands, while also talking with you about your medications and lifestyle. This is extremely important to determine what treatment is appropriate. As an example if your condition is caused by clogged oil glands, taking eye drops that are water based can actually make your symptoms worse. 

Should you use eye drops for dry eye? 

In many cases eye drops are like a temporary band-aid that does not address what is causing your symptoms. While our eye doctors will likely recommend specific eye drops to alleviate symptoms, they generally will do that in combination with a treatment plan to treat the underlying reason that you are experiencing discomfort. 

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Different symptoms can be associated with dry eyes, including: 
  • Burning and itching sensations
  • Foreign body sensations
  • Stinging sensations

What are the various different eye drops for dry eyes?

You may be prescribed eye drops by your eye doctor to alleviate your symptoms of dry eyes. For each specific patient, there are different eye drops that are best depending on their severity. 
  • Over the counter artificial tears - For milder cases of dry eyes, our eye doctor may only recommend that you buy over-the-counter artificial tears. Overuse of over the counter eye drops that use preservatives can lead to additional inflammation, so this is only recommended for patients that use eye drops once in a while.
  • Preservative free option - However, if you notice that you're using these artificial tears every day, you might want to get the preservative-free option that comes in vial so that even if you use them more often throughout the day, it won't damage your eyes.
  • Lipid based eye drops and gel - When your symptoms are caused by evaporative dry eyes, there is a problem with the oil layer of the tears resulting in your tears evaporating much more rapidly. In addition to lipid-based eye drops, our eye doctor may also recommend a gel eye drop that is viscous, which is usually instilled at the end of the day at night so that this gel eye drop will stay on the surface of your eye, reducing the amount of tears that evaporate. It also helps to provide lubrication for your eyes. In many cases the treatment for this cause of dry eye is to heat the oil glands in your eyelids in order to unclog them and allow for natural oil production.
  • Prescription eye drops - Depending on your severity, your eye doctor may also prescribe prescription eye drops. Prescription eye drops help reduce the inflammation on the front surface of the eye by targeting the inflammatory component of dry eye. These eye drops include Restasis, Xiidra and Cequa eye drops. These drops come in vials, and they should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening.

Schedule a dry eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

If you suffer from dry eyes and are not getting relief from the eye drops you are using, or you are unsure which eye drops are best, you can come in for a dry eye exam. In consultation with our eye doctors, we will determine which eye drops and treatments are right for you based on your condition and your needs. Patients with dry eye visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of dry eye services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.You may schedule an eye exam by calling (212) 752-6930 or on our website at https://amplifyeyecare-manhattan.com/appointment-request-form/ .
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Ortho-K As An Alternative To Lasik Surgery

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a refractive surgery that uses a laser to reshape the front part of your eye in order to improve your vision. The purpose of LASIK is to correct refractive errors. With LASIK eye surgery, you may not need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, you must meet certain criteria in order to undergo LASIK.

Why would some people prefer ortho-k over LASIK?

Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. Patients may have some anxiety about surgery, or they may not have the financial means to afford lasik. There are alternative options to LASIK and one of these is orthokeratology. Furthermore LASIK is usually not recommended for people under the age of 18, so many teens see Ortho-K as a great alternative to LASIK. 

What is ortho-k? How does this LASIK alternative work?

Orthokeratology is the use of custom made hard contact lenses that you wear overnight, leaving you glasses or contact lens free during the day. Much like wearing a retainer for your teeth, ortho-K lenses gently reshape your eyes at night, so that your vision is great without glasses or contact lenses during the day.  The reverse geometry lens design is used in these lenses. When you wear these hard ortho-k specialised lenses made specifically for your eyes overnight, they will gently reshape the front curvature of your eye, which will temporarily reduce your nearsightedness while wearing them. The cornea will be shaped in such a way that light will focus properly on the central part of the eye and the peripheral retina once it enters the eye. As a result, you can see clearly throughout the day without wearing glasses or contacts. After wearing the contacts at night, you would remove them in the morning and be able to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses throughout the day.  For some patients wearing ortho-k lenses for one night will enable them a few days of going without glasses or contact lenses during the day. 

How long do ortho-k lenses take to work?

It can take up to three weeks for the cornea to get to the shape it needs to be in order for you to see clearly all day long. Afterward, you should be able to see clearly without glasses or contacts all day long.  

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Ortho-k night time contact lenses as a LASIK alternative?

The great thing about Ortho-K lenses is that they do not require surgery and are non-invasive. Furthermore, not only do they improve your vision throughout the day, but specifically if children wear ortho-k, it slows down the progression of their minus prescription as well.  Ortho-k is also seen as a great non-invasive alternative to surgery such as LASIK. It can be the right option for someone who is nervous about surgery on their eyes, or for a patient that is too young or not a good fit for LASIK.  There are, however, some disadvantages to ortho-k compared to LASIK, including the fact that ortho-k is temporary, meaning you have to wear your contact lenses (in most cases) every night to see clearly all day whereas LASIK is permanent.

Schedule an eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

LASIK is a popular procedure but many people are reluctant to undergo it. Ortho-k is an alternative that you may be interested in, so schedule your appointment today and we can discuss your treatment options. Patients who are nearsighted or looking for a LASIK alternative visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of contact lens services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. If you would like to schedule a contact lens evaluation and discuss ortho-k, please call (212) 752-6930.
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Can Eye-Rubbing Cause Keratoconus
Does rubbing your eyes cause keratoconus? Today we'll discuss that question. In short, yes, it can. Let's begin by discussing what keratoconus is.

Does rubbing your eyes cause keratoconus?

When it comes to what are the causes of keratoconus, the exact mechanism of action is complex and not entirely known. But we do know that there is a genetic component associated with keratoconus. And it is believed that keratoconus is also related to an automatic breakdown of the collagen structures within the cornea resulting in that cornea to become thinner. The problem with rubbing your eyes is that it can cause microdamage to the collagen in the eye, causing damage to the cornea. When the enzyme tries to repair the corneal tissue, it just gets worse. Thus, it's very important not to rub your eyes because this can cause further damage and thinning of the cornea and can speed up the progression of your keratoconus.

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease of the cornea, which is the front part of your eye. With keratoconus, your cornea becomes increasingly thinner over time, causing it to bulge out and protrude out, resulting in an irregular corneal surface. As a result, your cornea can become scarred and have irregular astigmatism. An irregular corneal surface can cause symptoms such as redness and swelling. During severe and end-stage keratoconus, certain areas of the cornea can become so thin that they rupture, resulting in pain.

When does keratoconus begin to develop?

In most cases, keratoconus develops between the ages of late teens and early twenties. Over time, the visual symptoms tend to worsen. Therefore, it's really important to catch this disease early on. As a result of earlier diagnosis, we can initiate treatment earlier on, which will then result in a better visual outcome.

Keratoconus: what causes it?

The exact mechanisms that cause Keratoconus are not entirely clear. We do know that there is a genetic component to keratoconus. In addition, it is believed that keratoconus is additionally caused or at the minimum exacerbated by a breakdown of collagen structures within the cornea, causing the cornea to become thinner.

What can be done for Keratoconus 

Patients with keratoconus have seen incredible results with specialized contact lenses called Scleral lenses. These contacts utilize a very unique vaulted design to create a new optical surface, improving vision and comfort. Patients visit our contact lens practice from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading contact lens center serving patients from , Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island. 

Schedule an appointment at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

In case your eyes are itchy or if you rub them a lot, you should see our eye doctor right away because it could worsen your condition and cause visual impairment. Call (212) 752-6930 to schedule an eye exam with our eye doctor.
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Blood in the white part of the eye
When a blood vessel behind the conjunctiva bursts, it pulls up, and appears as if there is blood in the eye, medically known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage. Patients don't even realize they have subconjunctival hemorrhage because it's asymptomatic, but if someone were to tell them, "It looks like you have blood in your eye” or if they look in the mirror, they might be really concerned.

What are the different causes of subconjunctival hemorrhage?

The good news is that it appears much worse than it actually is. This usually happens as a result of lifting heavy weights, working out really hard in the gym, or coughing or sneezing really hard. If you are in the bathroom and straining and you are constipated, that strain, and that upper body pressure could all be reasons for a blood vessel to burst in your eye, and then you see blood in the white part of your eye. Other causes of  subconjunctival hemorrhage include vomiting, rubbing your eye in a rough manner, contact lenses, virus and surgery.

Can subconjunctival hemorrhage be prevented?

It is not always possible to prevent red spots in the eye, but there are certain precautions that can be taken, including:
  • Make sure you rub your eyes gently
  • Keep your contact lenses properly cleaned
  • Wear protective eyewear to prevent eye injuries

How can subconjunctival hemorrhage be treated?

In most cases, there is no treatment; it resolves by itself within two to three weeks. It is relatively mild and not much to worry about.

When does a popped blood vessel in your eye (subconjunctival hemorrhage) need to be seen by an eye doctor? 

In contrast, if subconjunctival hemorrhages occur very frequently, such as more than once per month or within a few months, then that can be a bit more concerning, as it could indicate some sort of issue with your blood. Therefore, your eye doctor needs to check your blood pressure to see if you have any issues. If you have high blood pressure, it could indicate problems, or if you are anemic, it could indicate that you need bloodwork done to ensure everything is okay.  In most cases, however, the reason why you see blood in your eye is due to a ruptured blood vessel, and no treatment is necessary. Our eye doctor would only monitor you, and it should resolve in two to three weeks. 

Schedule an eye exam

If the blood in the white part of your eye does not disappear within a few weeks, it may be a sign of something more serious. Make sure you visit our eye doctor today so that you can receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. You can schedule an eye exam by calling at (212) 752-6930.  
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Vitamins for Dry Eye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgWoqUuiliI   There are different vitamins that can be used to treat dry eyes, which we will discuss in this article. First, let's talk about dry eyes.  

What is dry eye?

Dy eye occurs when there is inadequate tear production, or when the outermost oil layer of your tears is damaged, causing your tears to evaporate more rapidly and for the film to become unstable.  

What are the common symptoms of dry eye?

Dry eyes are commonly characterized by the following symptoms:
  • Burning and itchy sensation
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Vision going in and out of focus
  • Overall eye discomfort
 

What are the different vitamins you can take for dry eyes?

Dry eyes can be treated in various ways, and one treatment may involve taking vitamins and supplements.

Vitamin A 

Vitamin A is one of the vitamins that can help with dry eyes. This vitamin is a fat soluble vitamin and it helps to control tear glands and tear ducts. It can therefore help you produce tears and keep your eyes properly lubricated. In addition, this helps to produce better-quality tears.  Some foods that contain vitamin A include cod liver oil, liver, fatty fish, butter, cheese, egg yolk, beef, which are all different types of foods that you can intake to help increase your vitamin A levels. It is also available in capsule form. 

Vitamin D

Taking vitamin D may also help with your dry eyes. This is another fat-soluble vitamin that may enhance the quality of your tears.

Omega-3

Supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids or vitamin B 12 can also help relieve your symptoms of dry eyes. Essential fatty acids, like omega-3, help to reduce inflammation throughout your body, so by reducing inflammation of the oil glands, you may be able to reduce your symptoms of dry eyes and possibly alleviate them. Essential fatty acids, like omega-3, help to reduce inflammation throughout your body, so by reducing inflammation of the oil glands, you may be able to reduce your symptoms of dry eyes.  

Consult our optometrist before taking any vitamins

Please keep in mind that if you are taking any type of vitamins or supplements, it is imperative that you consult with your primary care physician or with our eye doctor to make sure the dosage is correct so you don't have an overdose of these supplements or vitamins. It is also important to check that these vitamins don't interact with any other medications you are taking or any other medical conditions you may have. For more information on what the best supplement may be for you, please speak with our eye doctor or your primary care physician. Call (212) 752-6930 to schedule an eye exam.
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What is Convergence Insufficiency?
Convergence insufficiency occurs in an estimated 2 to 13 percent of people in the U.S, and is one of the leading causes of reading problems in children.  In everyday life, convergence is a basic skill that we use to look up close. As we bring an object close to our eyes, our eyes have to work together or converge to see it. Some people have difficulty concentrating at close range due to their inability to move their eyes inward, which is something they cannot control. Take for example the estimated 2-3 children in every classroom with convergence issues. When they need to read, they struggle to have their eyes focus on the text, leading to eye strain, becoming tired easily, and often blurry or double vision. This in turn makes them less likely to want to read or makes it difficult for them to succeed in the classroom. 

What are the symptoms of convergence insufficiency?

If you have a problem with converging your eyes, you might experience the following symptoms:
  • Eye strain
  • Eye pain
  • Headaches when you're reading
  • Tired eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Motion sickness
  • Clumsiness with hand-eye coordination activities

How can you test convergence with the pencil push-up test?

This is a visual skill that is evaluated with a pencil push-up test. Basically you hold a pencil and bring it close to your eyes. Your eyes will turn in toward the pencil as it gets closer to your nose. An example of what that might look like when the patient is doing the test and failing, is that at a certain point, their eyes give up, and they stop following the test. This is a common way to diagnose convergence insufficiency in the office. Convergence insufficiency occurs when the brain does not have good control over the eyes, so the eyes do not converge well. 

How is convergence insufficiency (CI) treated?

According to research conducted by COVD and the National Eye Institute, office-based vision therapy, accompanied by at-home vision therapy exercises, is the best treatment for convergence insufficiency. It is beneficial to receive vision therapy in a doctor's office with a trained vision therapist working under the guidance of a functional optometrist who can correct eye problems appropriately and monitor progress. In most cases the treatment is extremely effective and long lasting. After 12-24 weeks of therapy with a therapist, most kids' vision becomes effortless and their ability to read and see is much improved. In extreme cases where vision therapy fails to improve your symptoms, you may need special "prism glasses" in order to read or perform other up-close activities.

Schedule an eye exam for convergence insufficiency

We recommend scheduling a functional or developmental eye exam if you have any symptoms or if you notice that you aren't focusing up close with both eyes. By doing so, our functional optometrist can determine the best treatment option for you. If you would like to schedule an eye exam, you can do so by calling (212) 752-6930.
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At Amplify with Dr Wernick I was seeking help for seemingly intractable, probably age-related dryness. I've seen other doctors about it, and that has been helpful, but what he explained to me about it and the careful way he answered all my questions gave me so much more of a clear understanding of what is going on (and is not) that I am more able to implement all his and others' recommendations than I was before. And he gave me additional resources for further follow-up. I am most grateful.


Cynthia Norton

Wow! This is a great Eye Care medical facility. I was thoroughly examined by Dr. Pinkhasov for over 2 hours. She made sure to check my eyes for pretty much everything and patiently explained proper care for my eyes. They definitely know how to provide great care and treat their patients right. Now I know why they have such a great reputation and been around for so long.


Steve Fay

Dr. Kavner is a gifted diagnostician and orthoptic therapist. He treated me several decades ago for a condition similar to dyslexia. I was having migraines five times per week. I worked with him for about a year and I experienced tremendous improvement (down to 3-4 per year) that has lasted.


Mary K.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!


Peter G.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!


Kinkie F.

I have always found Dr Kavner's work, expertise and wisdom of the highest caliber. As one of the fathers of OT, occupational othomology, his depth and breadth of knowledge about the eyes' health and wellbeing of the patient is exemplary. Cannot say enough good things about him.


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