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Specialty Services

Advanced Care Services
The Advanced Care Service encompasses the clinics for Ocular Disease and the Specialty Contact Lens Unit. To provide diagnostic and therapeutic management of ocular disease and related systemic disease, UEC Advanced Care Service employs sophisticated diagnostic tools, state-of-the-art procedures and teams of health professionals with years of experience in the treatment of specific classes of complex eye and vision abnormalities. These interdisciplinary teams may include optometrists who have completed residency programs in ocular disease or hospital-based practice, attending ophthalmologists with clinical expertise in specialty areas, licensed nurse practitioners and social workers.

We provide care for patients with the following conditions:

The Cataract Service provides total care of patients with cataracts including pre-operative, surgical, and post-operative management or we can provide shared (co-) management.

The Cornea Service provides diagnostic and treatment options for patients with challenging conditions affecting the anterior part of the eye.

Dry Eye Clinic
This unit specializes in the diagnosis and management of ocular surface disease.  Extensive diagnostic tests are performed for patients with dry eye disease and a variety of treatment options are made available.

The Glaucoma Service, part of the Glaucoma Institute, provides complete diagnostic and treatment services for patients with glaucoma.

Hereditary Eye Disease Clinic
This unit specializes in the diagnosis and management of patients with hereditary retinal and optic nerve diseases. The clinic provides the most state-of-the-art in diagnostic instrumentation and testing for patients with inherited eye diseases.

Neuro-ocular Disease
The Neuro-Ocular Service provides management of conditions affecting the optic nerve and visual pathway. A board-certified neurologist is available for consultation.

The Ocular-Plastic Service provides diagnostic and treatment services for conditions affecting the lids and orbit.

The Retina Service provides complete diagnostic and treatment services for conditions of the vitreous and retina.

Electrodiagnostic Service
The Electrodiagnostic Service provides VEP, ERG, and EOG testing and interpretation with the latest diagnostic equipment.

Imaging Service
The Imaging Service provides diagnostic imaging for all types of ocular conditions with the latest imaging devices.  Click here for more information about Special Testing

Outpatient Surgery
The Outpatient Surgery Center is approved for the provision of surgical procedures requiring local anesthesia.

Specialty Contact Lens
The Specialty Contact Lens Unit examines and treats patients in need of contact lenses for a variety of ocular conditions including:

  • Degenerative process (keratoconus, keratoglobus, pellucid marginal degeneration)
  • Post-operative conditions following surgery such as corneal transplant, refractive surgery, etc.)
  • Ocular trauma
  • Pediatric aphakia
  • High myopia/ hyperopia/ astigmatism
  • Corneal refractive therapy (orthokeratology)
  • Cosmetic lenses due to scarring
  • Prosthetic lenses for non-seeing eyes or after enucleation
  • Patients who have been previous unsuccessful contact lens wearers

Our staff includes doctors with experience and expertise unsurpassed in the contact lens field in fitting specialty “hard-to-fit” patients. We have an extensive contact lens inventory and state-of-the-art ophthalmic instrumentation to aid in the diagnosis and management of the ocular condition. The University Eye Center is involved in both research and development of new contact lenses and lens solutions in addition to studying various fitting philosophies and cornea/tear film findings.

Rehabilitative Services
The Vision Therapy Section offers diagnostic and treatment services to a variety of patients with developmental, acquired, and congenital visual problems including:

  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus
  • Binocular disorders
  • Accommodative disorders
  • Oculomotor disorders
  • Visual perceptual dysfunctions related to learning

Head Trauma
The Head Trauma Rehabilitation Unit serves as a resource for rehabilitation hospitals and centers throughout the New York metro area providing comprehensive visual evaluations and visual services to individuals with acquired head trauma and strokes. These services include:

  • Refractive evaluation which may reveal the need for special glasses
  • Ocular health assessment and management
  • Binocular and accommodative evaluation
  • State-of-the-art visual field evaluation for defects and visual neglect
  • Electro-diagnostic assessment of eye movement

Learning Disabilities
The Learning Disabilities Unit provides diagnostic and therapy services for children, adolescents and adults with learning-related visual dysfunctions. The unit is staffed by optometrists and PhD psychologists. Diagnostic services include:

  • Binocular, accommodative and eye movement evaluation
  • Visual perceptual evaluation
  • Comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation

Low Vision
The Low Vision Unit helps individuals with reduced central or peripheral vision make the most of their remaining vision and improve performance of daily activities such as reading, writing and watching television. Vision rehabilitation measures can include:

  • Prescription and training in the use of optical and non-optical low vision aids
  • Sun wear and lighting evaluations
  • Recommendations of high-tech devices such as electronic magnifiers and computer adaptations
  • Referral to other professionals such as social workers, vision rehabilitation teachers and/or orientation and mobility specialists.

Our comprehensive low vision evaluation carefully assesses the patient’s current visual status, identifies goals and visual needs, and designs an individualized rehabilitation plan to meet these needs.

The Pediatrics Unit provides comprehensive eye exams for infants, preschoolers, school-aged children and children with special needs. The unit also provides vision therapy for infants and preschoolers, as well as consultation services in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric patients. The Pediatrics Unit is a clinical, research and educational unit. The Service is staffed by optometrists who specializes in the eye and vision care of young children and are committed to providing the highest level of primary and secondary care for our patients.

Infants Vision Unit
The Infants Vision Unit serves the visual needs of children from birth through four years of age.

Children with Special Needs Unit
Our Children with Special Needs Unit serves the visual needs of children (up to age 21) with physical and developmental challenges.

  • Initial evaluations are provided as well as any necessary rehabilitative care.
  • This unit works closely with occupational, physical and speech therapists.