OMNI Eye Services of New Jersey, Iselin, NJ

485 US Highway 1, Building A
Iselin, NJ 08830-3009
Phone: (732) 750-0400
Fax: (732) 750-1507
Omni Eye Services

Externship Director
Allison La Fata, OD

Additional Faculty
Christopher Quinn, OD, OMNI President
John F. Insigna, OD, Center Director
George Veliky, OD, Center Director
Allison La Fata, OD, Center Director
Michael J. Veliky, OD, Center Director
Kathy Mastrota, OD, Center Director
Lauren Kitzhoffer, OD, Associate Optometrist
Carly Crapanzano, OD, Associate Optometrist
William Marcolini, OD, Associate Optometrist
Douglas Grayson, MD, Medical Director, Chief of Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery
Burton J. Wisotsky, MD, Medical Director, Posterior Segment

Program Description
Omni/New Jersey is an Optometric Referral Center specializing in secondary and tertiary eye care.  No primary care services are available.  Six to eight externs rotate through the Center from various schools and colleges of optometry.

Because patients are seen by referral only, a wide variety of ocular conditions are seen.  Ophthalmologic sub-specialists on staff include cataract, refractive surgery, retina, cornea, pediatric, oculoplastic and glaucoma, and neuro-ophthalmology.

Patients are diagnosed and treated at the Center and then referred back to the Doctor of Optometry for follow-up care.

Externs participate in diagnostic evaluations of patients and are expected to develop appropriate management plans.  Applanation tonometry, slit lamp biomicroscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy and gonioscopy are clinical skills used by externs.  Externs also gain exposure to advanced diagnostic procedures including ophthalmic ultrasound, automated perimetry, ophthalmic photography, scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, corneal topography, ocular coherence tomography (OCT) and other techniques.  No contact lens, VT or low vision services are provided.

Externs who are selected for this rotation are expected to be highly motivated to acquire knowledge in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease.  The extern will be required to read extensively, and to develop a strong knowledge base in the area of ocular pharmacology and its applications.  There are weekly retina conferences and other scheduled conferences on various ocular disease topics.  In addition, the externs are welcome to attend any of the numerous continuing education seminars that Omni conducts for area optometrists.  You are also obligated to work two half day Saturday post-ops.  The externs will spend one day each observing cataract surgery, refractive surgery, oculoplastic, strabismic, and retina surgery.


Provided (see below)

Equipment Required


External Rotations

Yes (see below)

The apartment is now located at 55 Linden Ave  Elmwood Park, NJ 07404.  It's location is easily accessible to all major highways to get to our 4 NJ office locations and a transit train is a mile away to get to our NYC location.

It is available on a  first come, first serve basis for all schools rotating through our practice.  It is a fully furnished apartment that sleeps 5 interns (3BR total: 2 BR with 2 twin beds each and 1 BR with 1 twin bed). You only need to bring sheets and towels.  There is a large living room, dining room, kitchen, and 2 bathrooms.  There is no laundry in the apartment, but a laundromat is less than a mile into town.  It is in a safe area with plenty of street parking and no parking permits are necessary.

The charge for the apartment is $150 (total- not per month) for cable/internet access and maintenance. Once your housing spot has been confirmed, payment can be made out to OMNI Eye Services and mailed to Dr. LaFata 475 Prospect Ave NJ 07052 at your earliest convenience to keep your spot reserved.  Apartment keys will be mailed to you close to your start date.

External Rotations
217 Route 17 North
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Phone: (201) 368-2444
Fax: (201) 368-0254

2200 Route 10 West
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 538-7400
Fax: (973) 538-3007

475 Prospect Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (973) 325-6734
Fax: (973) 325-6738

36 East 36th St
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 353-0030

Additional Requirements
A car is necessary for this rotation.

Center Hours
Monday through Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm


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