Eastside Eye Associates was started in 1975 by Dr. Julius Shulman. Since then we have evolved into a multispecialty ophthalmology practice with specialists in laser vision correction, cataract surgery, glaucoma, retinal diseases, ophthalmic plastic surgery, contact lenses, general eye care and eyeglass dispensing. Dr. Dalia Nagel recently joined our staff, expanding our services and hours of operation. We take great pride in offering the most technologically advanced developments in ophthalmology, along with individualized and personal attention to our patients.
Dr. Julius Shulman is a board certified highly skilled LASIK surgeon using state of the art equipment including the Intralase bladefree laser, the VISX S4 excimer laser with advanced eye-tracking capabilities and CustomVue wavefront technology with Iris registration. If you are seeking LASIK in NYC please call us for a complimentary screening.The safety of all-laser LASIK using blade-free Intralase and a customized laser profile is unprecedented. All-laser LASIK is now approved by NASA and the United States Air Force.
Modern cataract surgery in the average patient now takes about 20 minutes or less, with the patient resuming normal activity shortly after surgery. The incision to remove the cataract is so small that stitches are usually unnecessary and healing is largely completed in a week or two. With the advent of microsurgery and the intraocular lens implant , cataracts no longer have to "ripen" and can be removed at any stage.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, which becomes damaged from a build up of fluid and pressure inside the eye. Although the earliest sign of glaucoma is usually elevated intraocular pressure, many patients do not demonstrate this elevation but sustain optic nerve damage from what is considered a normal pressure. Detection of this and other types of glaucoma rely on detecting a change in the shape of the optic nerve and a loss of parts of your field of vision.
In the center of the retina, similar to the central bulls-eye of a target, is the macula, the most sensitive part of the retina and the part that gives precise vision for reading and driving. Some common disorders of the retina include macular degeneration, "floaters" and retinal detachment. Many patients with macular degeneration can now be treated with vitamins and medication to avert severe vision loss.
Astigmatism is one of the three main refractive errors of the eye, along with myopia (nearsighted) and hyperopia (farsighted). Astigmatism means that light is focused into two points of light inside the eye, rather than one. This occurs because the front of the eye, the cornea, is oval or football shaped rather than round. A less common type of astigmatism is due to the lens inside the eye being oval shaped rather than round (lenticular astigmatism).
Since astigmatism rarely exists alone, its treatment usually involves treating the entire refractive error in which it resides, such as myopia with astigmatism or hyperopia with astigmatism. Except for extreme types of astigmatism, almost all degrees of this refractive error can be corrected with Laser Vision Correction, such as LASIK, at the same time myopia or hyperopia is corrected.
Astigmatism can also be corrected during cataract surgery with a special intraocular lens (IOL) made by Alcon Surgical, or by an extra incision in the cornea that rounds it out (Limbal Relaxing Incision or Astigmatic Keratotomy). Uncorrected astigmatism, like uncorrected myopia or hyperopia, causes blurred vision and can be corrected by eyeglasses.
Astigmatism is caused by a corneal curvature that is oval-shaped rather than perfectly round. An astigmatic cornea is football-shaped, focusing light to two different points on the cornea which creates blurry vision. To achieve clear vision, glasses or contact lenses fuse these two points of light and move that single point onto the retina. Astigmatism can blur both nearsightedness and farsightedness, and can be corrected in the same manner with the excimer laser.