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    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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    We believe in celebrating our successes, milestones and hard work, through recognition, appreciation and rewards
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    We believe in honesty, openness, trust, respect and reliability in all that we do.
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What is Corneal Cross-Linking for Keratoconus
A study in the USA found that 54.5 people out of 100,000 have keratoconus (0.05%). One of the treatments to slow down progression of Keratoconus is corneal cross-linking. First, let's take a look at what keratoconus is. 

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease of the cornea, which is the front part of your eye. When you have keratoconus your cornea is going to get progressively thinner over time resulting in your cornea to start to protrude outward and bulge out into a cone like shape, resulting in an irregular corneal surface. Normally our cornea is round and smooth and has an irregular surface, but keratoconus  results in irregular shape of the front surface of your eye, which can lead to an irregular astigmatism and scarring of the cornea, which can then also lead to a whole host of symptoms.

What are the symptoms of keratoconus?

Following are the common symptoms you might experience with keratoconus:
  • Blurring in your vision
  • Distortions in your vision
  • Seeing shadows around letters and objects
  • Increased sensitivity to light and glare
  • Eye redness and pain
  • Eye swelling
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 does keratoconus develop?

When it comes to the causes of keratoconus, the exact mechanism of action is complex, but it is believed to have a genetic component associated with it. And it is also believed to be due to the enzymatic breakdown of the collagen structures found within your cornea resulting in your cornea to then get progressively thinner over time. 

What is corneal cross-linking?

A possible treatment option for keratoconus and slowing down the progression of keratoconus is corneal cross-linking. Corneal cross-linking is performed to strengthen your cornea's collagen fibres. It helps to activate the cells on your eye's surface and boost their strength, helping to slow down and prevent further corneal deterioration, possibly reducing your chances of eventually needing a corneal transplant.  The purpose of corneal collagen cross-linking is to prevent keratoconus from getting worse. In this process, the eye surgeon applies riboflavin vitamin B2 eye drops to the cornea, then shines a UV light directly on it. It contains a substance that facilitates photo enhancement, which allows crosslinking to occur. Now that these new collagen crosslinks are developing, they cause collagen fibres to shorten and then thicken, which stiffens the collagen, allowing the cornea to become stronger and thereby slow down the progression of keratoconus.  This procedure is typically performed using a mild sedative and numbing eye drops, and you won't be awake during the procedure. You don't experience much discomfort during the procedure. And typically, this procedure takes about one hour, and some post-op symptoms include sensitivity to light, minor discomfort, and fatigue. 

Improving poor vision and discomfort from keratoconus

At our NYC medical eye care clinic we often see patients after they have had corneal collagen cross linking who are looking for improvements in their visual function or reduction in symptoms such as pain or irritation that is caused by keratoconus. Since corneal cross linking does not improve vision or reduce symptoms that are already present, we often look at advanced contact lenses that are custom made and create a new optical surface. These lenses, called Scleral Lenses, have been shown to be extremely effective at drastically improving vision and improving comfort and reducing pain from keratoconus. We use advanced technology to measure and fit these lenses, then see the patient for multiple visits to ensure that they achieve the best vision and comfort. 

Schedule an eye exam for keratoconus at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

If you have keratoconus and are uncertain if you are a good candidate for corneal cross-linking, or looking at ways to improve your vision, reduce your progression, or reduce symptoms and discomfort, don't hesitate to schedule an eye exam with our eye doctors. You can rely on them for guidance based on your condition as they have a wealth of experience and spend the time with each patient to ensure the best possible results. You can schedule a consultation with our eye doctor by calling (212) 752-6930.  Patients with keratoconus visit our clinic from all over New York, and we take pride in being the leading facility for improving vision and reducing symptoms for keratoconus patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
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The benefits of an eye exam beyond vision correction
An eye exam is an important part of maintaining good eye health, but it can also provide valuable information about a person's overall health and well-being. In fact, an eye exam can detect a wide range of health conditions that may not be apparent during other types of medical exams. Here are some of the benefits of an eye exam beyond vision correction:

Early detection of chronic conditions

An eye exam can help detect and manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These conditions often have no symptoms in the early stages, but can cause serious health problems if left unchecked. An eye exam can help identify these conditions early on, allowing for timely treatment and better management of the condition. If you would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, call us today at (212) 752-6930. We are proud to be a leading provider of advanced eye care conveniently located in New York.

Detection of eye injuries and emergencies

An eye exam can help detect and manage eye injuries and emergencies, such as a detached retina or a foreign object in the eye. Early detection and treatment of these conditions can help prevent serious vision loss.

Detection of brain tumors

An eye exam can sometimes detect brain tumors and other neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or stroke. This is because the eye is connected to the brain through a series of nerves and blood vessels, and changes in the eye can be an early sign of a problem in the brain.

Detection of other health conditions

An eye exam can also detect other health conditions such as thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, and even certain types of cancer. For example, an eye exam can detect changes in the blood vessels in the eye that may indicate the presence of cancer. In addition to these benefits, an eye exam can also help identify vision problems that may be affecting a person's daily life, such as difficulty reading or driving at night. By identifying and addressing these problems early on, an eye exam can help improve a person's quality of life and overall well-being.

How often should you have an eye exam?

It is recommended that adults have an eye exam every two to four years, depending on their age, overall health, and risk factors for vision problems. Children should have their eyes examined at least once between the ages of three and five, and again before starting school. By scheduling regular eye exams, people can take an important step towards maintaining good eye health and overall well-being.

Schedule an eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan 

If you would like a thorough evaluation of your eye health and its function, we welcome you to schedule an evaluation at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan. Our optometrists have extensive experience, advanced technology, and provide caring service to patients from New York and the surrounding communities. To schedule an eye exam call us at (212) 752-6930 or Book an Appointment .
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Should you treat pink eye at home?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pink eye is one of the most common causes of eye infections in the United States. The exact prevalence of pink eye in the US is difficult to determine, as many cases go unreported. However, it is estimated that pink eye occurs in nearly 6 million Americans each year and accounts for 1% of healthcare visits. Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a common eye condition that is characterized by redness, itching, and discharge from the eye. Even though pink eye doesn't usually cause serious problems if it's treated promptly, it can be uncomfortable and spread easily, so it's vital to get treatment from an eye doctor right away and avoid home remedies. The following are some reasons why treating pink eye at home is not recommended:

Why should you not try to treat pink eye at home?

One reason why you should not treat pink eye at home is if you are unsure of the cause of your pink eye. Pink eye can be caused by a variety of factors, including allergies, infections, and irritants. If you are unsure of the cause of your pink eye, it is best to see our eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. This is especially important if you suspect an infection, as untreated infections can lead to more serious complications. If you are experiencing pink eye, call us to schedule an evaluation today at (212) 752-6930. We are proud to be a leading provider of advanced eye care for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Another reason to seek medical attention for pink eye is if your symptoms are severe or if your pink eye is not improving. If your pink eye is causing a lot of discomfort or pain, or if it has been present for more than a few days and is not improving, it is best to see our eye doctor. They can prescribe medication to help alleviate your symptoms and speed up the recovery process. Additionally, if you have a weakened immune system or other underlying health conditions, it is best to see a doctor for pink eye treatment. These conditions can make you more susceptible to infections and complications, so it is important to get proper medical eye care.

Schedule an eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

It is important to seek medical attention if you are unsure of the cause of your pink eye, if your symptoms are severe, or if you have a weakened immune system or other underlying health conditions. Don't take chances with your eye health, and always consult an eye doctor for proper treatment. If you are experiencing pink eye we welcome you to schedule an evaluation at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan. Our optometrists have extensive experience, advanced technology, and provide caring service to patients from New York and the surrounding communities. To schedule an eye exam call us at (212) 752-6930 or Book an Appointment .
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NYC eye doctor talks about 10 Keratoconus Treatments
About one in 2,000 people develop keratoconus during puberty and it progresses into their mid-30s causing impaired vision and discomfort. Fortunately, there are 10 different effective treatment methods available for keratoconus.

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease affecting your cornea, which is the front part of your eye. It causes your cornea to get progressively thinner over time, resulting in your cornea to protrude outward, and it bulges out like a cone shape resulting in an irregular corneal surface. The cornea normally has a round and smooth surface, but with keratoconus, the front surface of your eye is irregularly shaped, resulting in irregular astigmatism and corneal scarring.

What symptoms can keratoconus cause?

Keratoconus can result in symptoms such as
  • Blurry vision
  • Distortions in your vision. 
  • Shadows around letters and objects
  • Eye redness and swelling
  • It is also possible to experience eye pain with severe cases of keratoconus. There are certain areas on your cornea that can become so thin that they can rupture, causing you pain. 
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.

What are the causes of keratoconus?

Although the exact mechanism of action of keratoconus is unknown, we do know that a genetic component plays a role in it. Additionally, keratoconus can occur due to enzymatic breakdown of collagen structures within the cornea, leading to thinning of the cornea.

What are the 10 different treatments available for keratoconus?

There are various different treatment options for keratoconus. 
  1. Corneal crosslinking - Among the treatment options is corneal crosslinking. Basically, it stiffens and strengthens certain areas of your cornea using collagen fibres and UV light in an attempt to slow down the progression of your keratoconus. So, this isn't going to improve your vision. However, the goal is to slow down the progression of keratoconus by strengthening your cornea in some areas so that it will not continue to get thinner.
  2. ICRS (Intracorneal Ring Segments) -Intracorneal ring segments are another treatment option. With this, you can reduce the amount of nearsightedness and astigmatism you have. Plastic rings will be inserted into your cornea. As a result, your cornea won't be protruding as much and the cone of your keratoconic eye can be smoothed out, thereby reducing the symptoms and side effects associated with keratoconus.
  3. Standard eyeglasses - Most of the time, standard glasses do not provide the best quality of vision for you if you have keratoconus, especially if you have more of the moderate to severe stages of keratoconus, since the problem lies with the irregular surface of the cornea, and glasses are not placed directly on the cornea, so they do not provide as clear vision as other options.
  4. Toric soft lenses - Soft toric contacts can be worn comfortably by patients with moderate keratoconus until the condition worsens.
  5. Hard lenses - These types are less comfortable than the former, but provide good durability and are effective in improving eyesight.
  6. Rigid gas permeable lenses - These spectacular hard contact lenses can dramatically improve vision for patients with keratoconus. A rigid gas permeable lens is a hard contact lens that's placed on the cornea, and it creates a surface which allows light to pass through. As a result, the keratoconic eye is not affected by distortions.
  7. Piggyback lenses - Piggyback lenses are also available where the goal is to increase comfort when you wear them. In this case, a soft lens will first be placed on your eye, and then a hard lens will be placed on top, because sometimes rigid gas permeable lenses can be uncomfortable for you. So this is an alternative option to increase comfort.
  8. Scleral lenses - Scleral lenses are considered the best option if you have keratoconus. They are also customizable hard contact lenses, but they are larger and land and sit on the white part of your eye. The scleral lens vaults over the cone of keratoconic eyes so that it does not directly touch the cornea. With this lens, you can get rid of any distortions caused by the irregular cornea, since it creates a new front surface for light to enter.
  9. Corneal Transplant - You may need a corneal transplant if you have really severe keratoconus. In the case of corneal transplants, there are always some side effects to be aware of.
  10. Keratoplasty - It is a surgery that uses radio waves to reshape the cornea.

Schedule an eye exam for keratoconus in NYC

Advanced medical technology provides many options for managing keratoconus throughout the different stages of the condition. When treating keratoconus, the earliest intervention always leads to the best outcome. To discuss treatment options for keratoconus, make an appointment with our NYC eye doctors today. To schedule an appointment, call us at (212) 752-6930 or Book an Appointment . Patients with keratoconus visit our clinic from all over New York, and we take pride in being the leading facility for improving vision and reducing discomfort for keratoconus patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
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NYC Pediatric Eye Doctor Shares Tips for Parents For What to Look Out For That May Indicate Vision Problems
Parents are often concerned about their children's vision, possibly because they are too young to undergo an eye examination or they are struggling in school or with behavior. Parents are interested in knowing what are the warning signs that their kids may be having an eye issue. In this blog our NYC pediatric optometrist, Dr. Nat Wernick FCOVD shares the top things to pay attention to that may indicate that your child has an underlying vision problem.  At our NYC pediatric optometry clinic we tell parents that there are three categories of symptoms that can indicate your child has a vision problem:
  • Physical symptoms such as a headache or nausea
  • Behavioral symptoms such as tilting their head, covering one eye, or losing their place when reading 
  • Visual symptoms such as complaining that it is hard to see what they read or see the board, that they see double, or that things look blurry

What are the different physical symptoms that can be an indication of underlying vision problems in children?

There are physical symptoms that may present themselves in a kid who has an underlying vision problem. Oftentimes these symptoms will be most prevalent after reading or doing near visual tasks for extended periods of time.  Common examples include: 
  • Headaches
  • Eye strain/ eye fatigue/ rubbing their eyes/ complaining that their eyes hurt
  • Feeling sick, or having a nauseous feeling when your child reads 
  • Fatigue after school or when they read for a long time, their eyes and body may become tired. 
All of these symptoms may indicate that they have a problem with eye teaming or focusing. These symptoms usually occur when they read closely or do anything up close. The longer they read, the more likely these symptoms will occur. These problems only occur when you read small printed books, not large picture books. This can also indicate the presence of a vision issue as small print has a high demand on the eyes, such as focusing and teaming. 

What are some common behavioral symptoms that a child with an underlying visual deficit experience?

At our NYC pediatric optometry clinic we tell parents that one of the best ways to identify if your child should have a more thorough evaluation called a functional or developmental eye exam is if their child is displaying behavioral symptoms.  You might notice these things as a parent that the kid does that seem unusual:
  • Getting way too close to a page when your child is reading
  • Closing an eye when they are reading or close an eye and turning their head when they are reading
  • Refusing to do school work 
  • Not comprehending what they read 
  • Writing sloppy or on a slant 
  • Losing their place frequently
Behavioral changes you notice could indicate that your child has a vision problem, and you should have it checked out. 

What are some of the visual symptoms that a child might have an underlying vision problem? 

When parents visit our NYC pediatric eye center, we often hear the comment “my child never mentioned that they see double or blurry”. Out of the list of things to look out for, visual symptoms are usually the least likely to present themselves. It doesn’t mean that the child doesn’t have those symptoms, rather the child is unaware that the way they see is different than other children, and it is not as identifiable to a parent looking from the outside. Nonetheless it is something you should talk with your child about and visual experiences are another thing to keep an eye out for. The things your child sees, and only your child can tell you about if your child is verbal or old enough to be verbal. Those are things like double vision, blurry vision, or seeing words swim on a page. Having words swim off of a page is a consistent sign of binocular vision impairment.    

Schedule a pediatric functional eye exam in NYC with our pediatric optometrist

Take our online visual skills assessment to help identify if you or your child has a potential visual deficit that may be interfering with success in the classroom, work, or sports https://amplifyeyecare-manhattan.com/vision-therapy-specialty/vision-and-learning-quiz/ Use this as a checklist for all the symptoms described above and check all the symptoms your child is experiencing. Once you have evaluated your child's vision to your best ability, if there are indications of an underlying vision problem, you should schedule a pediatric functional eye examination with our optometrist. Our optometrist will review your checklist to compare what they see during the eye examination with what you have been seeing at home. Your child will benefit from sharing this information with our eye doctor not so they can get the most comprehensive exam possible and see the importance that you place on proactive eye and vision health.  You can schedule a pediatric eye exam by calling us at (212) 752-6930. Parents who want a more thorough evaluation of their childs vision or are concerned about a potential underlying vision problem, visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of pediatric vision services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
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Contacts or Glasses: Which Are Best for You?
There are 166.5 million US adults wearing Rx eyeglasses and an estimated 45 million people in the U.S.  wear contact lenses. Ultimately, what's best for you depends on your lifestyle and what our eye care doctor recommends based on your eye health and vision needs. The benefits of both glasses and contacts are discussed below.

What are the benefits of wearing glasses?

Glasses have been around for decades.  Following are some of the benefits of wearing eyeglasses:
  • It's easy to put them on and take them off.
  • You are less likely to contract an eye infection since you don't have to touch your eyes while putting them on, 
  • You can also coat your glasses with a variety of different coatings. 
  • You can place transition lenses on your glasses so that they become darker when you are outside.
  • You can place an anti-glare coating or UV protection coating on your glasses which will not only help protect the inside of your eye, but also your external structures.
  • Blue blocking filters can also be put on your glasses.
  • The top reason why glasses are great is that  they can also be an excellent fashion statement or fashion accessory.

What are the benefits of wearing contact lenses?

At our New York City optometry clinic we have an advanced contact lens center providing the full scope of contact lenses for all ages. With the recent advances in contact lenses there are truly so many options for every age, lifestyle, and most visual conditions. Contact lenses are also a great option.  Wearing contact lenses has the following benefits:
  • The great thing about contacts is that since they sit directly on your eye,your peripheral vision is not distorted. The benefit of this is especially great for patients who are more athletic and are really into sports. Unlike glasses, contacts do not hinder your peripheral vision by the temples of the frame. 
  • Many patients experience fog when wearing their masks and glasses at the same time, particularly after the pandemic. Many of my Dr. Pinkhasov’s patients switch to contact lenses so that they won't have to deal with their glasses fogging up when wearing masks.
  • Contact lenses are also very good for people who don't like the way their glasses look on them. By wearing contacts, you can increase your self-esteem and feel better about yourself.
  • There are some specialty contact lenses that not only improve vision, but also treat various ocular conditions. For example, those who wear hard contact lenses for myopia management will be able to achieve a clearer vision while also being able to slow down their minus prescription. Another example is patients. It also helps to improve your overall quality of life because it reduces the risk of getting various types of ocular diseases down the line. 
  • Specialty contact lenses, such as scleral lenses, can help alleviate dry eye symptoms and provide clear vision.
  • There are contact lenses that are ideal for someone who is interested in LASIK but is concerned about eye surgery. OrthoK lenses are a great option as they are worn while sleeping and gently reshape the eyes at night, leaving the patient with great vision all day without the need to wear contacts or glasses. 

Conclusion: Glasses or contact lenses?

Glasses and contacts both have many different benefits. It is important to note that there are various drawbacks or various factors that you need to consider depending on which route you go on. Contact lenses require a lot more maintenance, although daily disposable lenses are by far the easiest to maintain. However even daily lenses require more responsibility than glasses, as it is critical to maintain proper hygiene and follow the instructions of your eye doctor when wearing contact lenses. Therefore, for children that are considering contact lenses it is important to ensure that they are more responsible and mature enough to take proper care of their contact lenses. If you do not take care of your contacts properly or wear them longer than recommended, then you will be more likely to contract a variety of eye conditions, some of which may even be sight-threatening.  For example, if you wear contacts every day for multiple days, you're more likely to get eye infections, whereas glasses don't have that problem. Another example is exposing contact lenses to water from the shower, swimming pool or tap, which can lead to eye infections. 

Schedule an appointment for an eye exam or contact lens exam at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

It is clear from the above discussion that both glasses and contact lenses have their advantages and disadvantages. For many patients that visit our NYC eye doctors, the best option is both glasses and contact lenses as that allows them to have the best of both options.  For additional information on glasses or contact lenses, or to schedule an eye exam or contact lens exam, please call Amplify EyeCare Manhattan at (212) 752-6930. Patients who need medically necessary contact lenses, prescription glasses or have difficulties wearing prescription lenses visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of contact lenses and eye care services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.  
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Using "Bubbles" for vision therapy
In a recent study, 75% of patients with a functional vision condition were able to achieve normal or significantly improved vision with office-based vision therapy. Vision therapy can be beneficial for children of all ages, professional athletes who are trying to improve their performance, and people who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of a vision problem take our visual skills assessment https://amplifyeyecare-manhattan.com/vision-therapy-specialty/vision-and-learning-quiz/   

What are the benefits of “Bubbles” in vision therapy?

Our vision therapist and functional optometrist use bubbles for vision therapy when training a child to localize space correctly. In this activity, bubbles are blown around a room and kids go around popping the bubbles using only one finger or a pencil instead of their hand. The purpose of bubble popping in vision therapy is that when a child repeatedly locates the bubbles in space, their depth perception skills are improved. Additionally, tracking the bubbles in the air improves their eye tracking skills. Basically, the child's feedback system requires them to use both eyes. Their eyes communicate with their brain and their brain communicates with the hands, and that feedback system tells them where the bubbles are and where the child is in space. When those two things coincide, they are able to pop the bubble with their finger.

Popping bubbles with a pencil

Once your child becomes comfortable popping bubbles with their fingers, the vision therapist or functional optometrist may recommend using pencil tips, chopsticks, or other sticks to pop the bubbles. Popping the bubble now requires more fine motor control since they are now controlling something other than their body to do it. Make sure your child holds one pencil in each hand and alternately uses both hands. This is the first activity that Dr. Wernick uses it with some of his patients that are young kids in vision therapy at our Manhattan Vision Therapy Center. Once the kids do well with this, then he can move on to other activities. He believes that this is one of the most fun activities in vision therapy.

Schedule a functional eye exam or developmental eye exam for vision therapy in Manhattan

When vision problems keep affecting your life, work, or school, despite your best efforts to work with your eye doctor, you should consider vision therapy. As opposed to standard eye exams, vision therapy exams, also known as functional, behavioral or developmental eye exams, look at the complete picture of visual function and development. During a functional or developmental eye exam our optometrist will look at binocular vision skills, eye tracking, convergence, eye focusing, hand eye coordination and much more. You can schedule a functional eye exam for vision therapy by calling at (212) 752-6930. Patients who need vision therapy 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.
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Is There A Cure For Keratoconus
While there currently is no cure for keratoconus, there are many treatment options that aim to slow down the progression of the condition and improve the vision and comfort of someone with keratoconus.  In this blog we will cover everything you need to know about keratoconus treatments.

How does keratoconus affect your eyes?

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease that affects the cornea, the front part of the eye. Over time, your cornea becomes progressively thinner, causing it to bulge and protrude outward into an irregular surface, which results in a cone-like shape.  A normal cornea has a smooth round shape and a regular surface, but keratoconus leads to an irregular corneal shape, causing astigmatism and scarring, leading to other symptoms such as pain and poor vision.

What symptoms can keratoconus cause?

Keratoconus can lead to blurring in your vision, distortions in your vision, shadowing around letters and objects, increased sensitivity to light and glare, eye redness or swelling. If your keratoconus is severe, you may also experience eye pain. 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.

What causes keratoconus?

When it comes to the causes of keratoconus, the exact mechanism of action is complex, but it is known that there is a genetic component associated with keratoconus. It is thought to be due to the enzymatic breakdown of collagen structures within your cornea, leading to a thinner cornea.

Is there a cure for keratoconus?

Currently, there is no cure for keratoconus. However, there are several medical interventions that can help slow down or even stop the progression of keratoconus, as well as help improve your vision. We will discuss these medical interventions below. 
  • Corneal cross-linking - One treatment option that may help slow down the progression of keratoconus is corneal cross-linking. It involves the use of riboflavin and UV light by an eye surgeon, with the goal of stiffening collagen fibres and strengthening them, and activating the cells on your eye's surface, which will straighten them in order to slow down the progression of keratoconus. Although this treatment option only slows keratoconus' progression, it does not actually improve vision.
  • ICRS (Intracorneal Ring Segments) - Intracorneal ring segments are another treatment option. In this procedure, plastic rings are placed into your cornea, causing the cornea to become more plateaued so it does not protrude as much. The goal is to smooth out the cone of the keratoconic eye, oftentimes leading to improved vision and reduced discomfort.
  • Speciality contact lenses - Various specialty contact lenses can also be used to help improve your vision and reduce discomfort. One type of contact lens is a rigid gas permeable lens, which is a hard corneal lens that will cover your eyes and help mask distortions.  In some cases hybrid lenses are used. The lenses are hard in the middle and have soft skirts around the edges to ensure that you are comfortable while wearing scleral lenses.
  • Scleral lenses - Dr. Pinkhasov thinks scleral lenses are a great way to improve vision in patients with keratoconus. Generally speaking scleral lenses are considered the gold standard for improving both vision and comfort for patients with keratoconus. They are also specially designed hard contact lenses that use a topographical map of your cornea to design the lenses which leads to improved comfort and vision. These lenses are larger than standard hard contact lenses. They sit on the white part of the eye. As a result, it will vault over the cone and won't touch the cornea, this vaulted design creates a new lens, replacing the scarred and misshapen keratoconic lens, while also reducing discomfort that is the result from a lens coming in contact with a scarred cornea. The scleral lenses are filled with a fluid before being placed on the eye. Thus, the fluid layer can eliminate distortions that are caused by the irregular cornea. Therefore, by creating a new surface on the front part of your eye, the goal is to improve your vision.
  • Piggyback lenses - Piggyback lenses are another option for treatment. They work in the same way as rigid gas permeable lenses. The purpose of these lenses is to improve your comfort while wearing them. A soft contact lens may be placed first, and a hard contact lens may then be placed over it to make them more comfortable.
  • Keratoplasty (corneal transplant) - Severe cases of keratoconus and end stage cases may require keratoplasty, which is a corneal transplant. It is, however, more of a last resort.
  • Soft toric contact lenses  - These lenses are specially designed for patients with early stages of keratoconus, however they generally are not considered a good solution for someone who has corneal irregularities that are impacting their vision and comfort.

Can glasses help improve your vision if you have keratoconus?

Glasses don't really help to improve your vision because they don't actually sit on the front part of your eye. So they don't help to reshape that front part of the eye or create a new front surface of the eye. As a result, they do not really improve your vision or discomfort.

Schedule an eye exam for keratoconus at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

If you have keratoconus and are looking for improved vision and comfort, or if you have any sort of questions about various different treatment options for keratoconus be sure to schedule your eye examination today so that we can do a thorough evaluation and then determine what the best course of treatment is specifically for you. You can call us at (212) 752-6930 to schedule an eye exam. Patients with keratoconus visit our clinic from all over New York, and we take pride in being the leading facility for keratoconus patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.  
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Macular degeneration prevention
More than 15 million Americans suffer from AMD (age related macular degeneration), and more than 1.7 million have the advanced form of the disease. Let's briefly review what macular degeneration is before we get into how to prevent it. Macular degeneration is an eye disease that affects the back of the eye, specifically the macula, which is responsible for central vision, and is typically associated with aging.

What are the different types of macular degeneration? 

There are two kinds of macular degeneration, dry and wet. As compared to the wet form, the dry form is less severe, and it might not cause as much damage. Therefore, you may not notice much of a difference in your central vision. The wet form of macular degeneration is more severe. It may lead to vision loss. In the wet form, there may be new blood vessels growing under the macula, causing swelling and bleeding, resulting in reduced vision. 

How can you prevent macular degeneration?

Following are some way you can prevent macular degeneration:
  • Having regular comprehensive eye exams for macular degeneration - Having your eye examined at least once every year is one of the most important things you can do, since early detection is vital. So make sure that you go to your eye doctor every year, get dilated to take a look at your back part of the eye and macula, just to make sure that everything is healthy. Should your optometrist notice early signs of macular degeneration, they want to diagnose it sooner rather than later, so that they can help slow down the progression of the disease, especially if you have a family history of it. Depending on how many risk factors you have, your eye doctor may want to see you more often than once a year, maybe every six months, or even every three to four months.
  • Giving up smoking - If you are a smoker, it's really important to stop smoking, since it significantly increases your risk of developing the more severe form of macular degeneration.
  • Preventing UV rays - To prevent macular degeneration from progressing, you need to avoid UV rays, so when you go outside, make sure your sunglasses or glasses have UV protection.
  • AREDS supplements - To prevent macular degeneration from becoming more severe, your eye doctor may also recommend certain eye supplements known as AREDS, which provide a variety of vitamins and antioxidants, which help slow down that progression. The AREDS2 formula is based on the study by that name called the Age Related Eye Disease Study 2, from which it was shown that these supplements are effective at reducing the progression of Age Related Macular Degeneration. These supplements include vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and copper. Based on your eye doctor's evaluation, the dosage of these supplements will be determined.
  • Amsler grid - Amsler grids are used to check whether lines appear distorted or wavy or whether areas of the visual field are missing. It may be given to you by our eye doctor for you to monitor at home to see if there are any changes.
  • Choose an optometrist with the latest technology - At our NYC eye clinic we have invested heavily in some of the most advanced technologies such as the Maestro 2 OCT and the Reteval ERG. These technologies provide our eye doctors a more accurate and detailed view of your eyes and eye health. If you are at early stages of AMD or have a family history of AMD, it is strongly recommended that you visit an optometrist that has specialized instrumentation and detailed images of the eye.

Schedule a comprehensive eye exam in Manhattan

If you notice any progression on the amsler grid, where the straight lines become wavy or bent, if you have recently noticed a decrease in your central vision such as difficulty reading, or if you have noticed a recent difficulty with night driving and glare,  then you should schedule a medical eye exam as soon as possible so that our eye doctors can assess the reasons for your vision changes and ensure that the proper preventative or treatment measures are in place. Make sure to visit our eye doctor today at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan so that you can properly be evaluated for any signs of macular degeneration. Patients with macular degeneration 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.
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Schools vision screenings in New York City
Vision screenings at school are important to determine how the child's eyes are developing and if they have any problems. However not all vision screenings are the same, at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan we offer schools developmental vision screenings which identify a wider range of vision problems including reduced visual acuity at near and far and poor eye teaming and tracking skills, which can hinder their academic success. Learn about our free developmental school vision screenings available to schools in Manhattan.

Why are vision screenings important for your child?

They are very crucial because they are often the first line of defense for vision problems, and help diagnose any issues a child may have. Children don't always realize what they're experiencing isn't normal, and this can hinder their academic success, because 80% of learning is visual. Therefore, it is important that these children have a healthy and functioning visual system. The developmental school vision screenings conducted by our team are truly unique because, unlike standard vision screenings, which usually only look at visual acuity using a standard eye chart, or the ability to see something that is 20 feet away. Our team examines the child’s ability to see close up, far away, various vision functions, their eye teaming skills, and whether they have any binocularity issues.

What happens during a school vision screening?

We start off by having someone from our office contact the schools to schedule a time and date for the school vision screening. Our office will then send out consent forms to the school, which the parent will have to sign so that their child can participate in the school vision screening, as well as authorize us to share healthcare information. Upon signing of the consent forms, the school vision screening is set up, and one or more of our eye doctors along with a vision therapist or another staff member will go to the school to perform the vision screening. We conduct a variety of tests. 
  • The first step is to test the child's visual acuities. We want to see how well they can see both far away and up close.
  • Children just entering kindergarten may not know their letters or ABCs. We have specific eye charts also for children, so that we can assess their vision. We also have images, called Patti pics, or different symbols on the list that the child can match and describe.
  • We also measure the child’s actual ocular muscles to determine if there are any restrictions and to see if they are strong enough.
  • We examine pursuit eye movements and saccadic eye movements. A saccadic eye movement test measures how well the child can move their eyes while looking at a fixating target. This is important because when the child is reading, they need to use their saccadic eye movements.
  • We examine the child’s pupil to determine how they react to light.
  • We examine their color vision to determine if they are colorblind.
  • We examine the child’s depth perception. 
  • In order to determine if the patient's eye alignment is correct, we perform a cover test.
  • We assess the patient's near point convergence, basically assessing how well is the patient able to turn their eyes inward, while the target is moving up close to them and looking at their near point fusional abilities. 
  • In order to determine the child’s binocularity, we check how well they can turn their eyes inward and outward, both at distance and near.
  • Our team also performs forea testing, where we check the patient's natural eye position.
  • We perform the worth four dot tests to see if both eyes are working together at the same time, or if either eye suppresses the other.
  • We perform retinoscopy, which determines if the child needs glasses and what their prescription is. 
  • We also examine the front part of their eye and try to get a look at their back part of the eye when we assess their ocular health. In school vision screenings, since we do not dilate our patients, we cannot assess the back of the eye completely. Thus, it's still very important to have a thorough eye exam.
The aim of the developmental school screening is to identify students who may have an undetected vision problem who then should schedule either a pediatric eye exam or developmental eye exam. 

What follows the school vision screening?

As soon as the test is completed and the screening is completed, all the information is entered into the computer into a folder for each patient. In the folder, we have a summary page where we discuss all the different findings we obtained for that patient. When we have the specific findings and results from each of the tests that we conducted, we inform the parents whether the findings were age-appropriate within normal limits, or if further testing is necessary. In some cases we will identify signs of a developmental or functional vision problem that requires a more advanced eye exam, in that case we would recommend that to the parents. If the child has a minus prescription or myopia, we would recommend that they visit a pediatric optometrist who can do a comprehensive eye exam and discuss the importance of  myopia management with the parents.   Upon completion, we send the results to the school, and the school forwards them to the parents.

School vision screenings cannot replace a comprehensive eye exam

Although our developmental school vision screenings are very thorough, it can't replace a comprehensive eye exam that we provide in our office, as we also have different equipment we can't bring to school vision screenings. We also dilate patient’s eyes in the office in order to get a better reading of their prescription by taking a look at the back part of the eye.  If you would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam or have any questions regarding school vision screenings, please call us at (212) 752-6930. Patients searching for advanced medical eye care, pediatric eye exams, and developmental eye exams 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.
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Is Keratoconus a Disability
Approximately one in 2,000 individuals suffer from keratoconus, which typically begins during puberty and progresses into the mid-30s. As a progressive condition of the eye, keratoconus affects the cornea, which is the front of the eye. During the progression of keratoconus, the cornea gets progressively thinner, resulting in irregular surfaces on the cornea as the cornea starts protruding outward and bulging out like a cone.

What are the symptoms of keratoconus?

The front surface of your eye is normally round, smooth, and has a regular shape, but with keratoconus, it can be irregularly shaped, causing irregular astigmatisms and scarring, which can result in a variety of symptoms. Keratoconus can lead to: 
  • Blurring in your vision
  • Distortions in your vision
  • Shadowing around letters and objects
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Glare
  • Eye redness
  • Swelling
  • Keratoconus can lead to eye pain in its more severe stages, when your cornea becomes increasingly thin to the point that it ruptures and breaks.
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.

What causes keratoconus?

When it comes to the causes of keratoconus, the exact mechanism of action is complex. There is, however, a genetic component to it. Thinner corneas are believed to be caused by enzymatic breakdown of collagen structures within the cornea. 

Is keratoconus a disability?

When it comes to answering the question about keratoconus being a disability, it really depends upon how severe and how advanced your condition is. Scleral or rigid gas permeable contact lenses can significantly improve your vision if you have mild symptoms of keratoconus. Another treatment option is to use contact lenses or corneal crosslinking to slow down the progression of your keratoconus. The specialty hard contact lenses may not be enough if you have keratoconus in its severe and end stages. In the most severe stages of keratoconus, patients can be considered legally blind. Thus, keratoconus can be considered a disability in that situation.

Schedule an appointment for Keratoconus in New York

There are many options to improve visual function and reduce symptoms that are caused by Keratoconus. We recommend scheduling an eye exam if you have keratoconus, have any questions, are suffering from discomfort or decreased vision, or are looking at different treatment options to slow down the progression of your keratoconus. To schedule an eye exam, you can call us at (212) 752-6930. Patients with keratoconus visit our clinic from all over New York, and we take pride in being the leading facility for helping keratoconus patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
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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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Dr. Wernick seems like a very nice and charismatic doctor (and very attractive). But the office the appointment took place at did not feel like an office at all. I walked into what seemed like a Dental office mixed with an optical store. In fact, the doctor was hanging out at the receptionist desk when I walked in. The entire atmosphere was lax, but unprofessional. Dr. Wenick performed the eye exam on me and was patient enough to listen to my concerns. However, I felt like the staff kept pushing for me to purchase glasses and gave questionable information to persuade me. While I know glasses are necessary, the staff made it seem too much like a business opportunity. I appreciated the doctor but left feeling skeptical because of the staff.


Mylene P.

Dr. Wernick was great! I highly recommend him, and I will go back next time I need an eye exam.


Katerina Z.

Dr. Wernick took his time with me and was very thorough when giving me my eye exam. Highly recommended.


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