Specialty Services

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 that 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 evaluatio

  • 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.

Specialty Contact Lens Services

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)

  • Postoperative 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.


The Pediatrics Unit  provides comprehensive eye exams for infants, preschoolers, school-age 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 staffed by optometrists who specialize 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

The Infants Vision Unit serves the visual needs of children from birth through 4 years of age.

Children with Special Needs

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.

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