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.
Julius Shulman, MD, founder of Eastside Eye Associates, has been recognized for his dedicated patient care, outstanding clinical knowledge, and exceptional cataract and laser surgical skills. From the simple task of prescribing eyeglasses to patients who cannot see, to the most technologically advanced laser assisted cataract surgery in patients who similarly cannot see, Dr. Shulman’s clinical and surgical skills fuel the engine of his modern day ophthalmology practice.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Shulman attended Brooklyn College and SUNY Downstate Medical School. After finishing his ophthalmology residency in 1975 at Mt Sinai Hospital, out of Brooklyn but happily still in New York, Dr. Shulman started what was to become one of the busiest ophthalmology practices in New York City, Eastside Eye Associates on Manhattan’s Upper Eastside. Over the course of his nearly 40 years in practice, Dr. Shulman has had several major accomplishments, devoted patient care not withstanding. He pioneered the use of intraocular lenses during cataract surgery at Mt Sinai Hospital, as well as two forms of sterile technique that are now standard practice during thousands of eye operations city-wide.
He has been on several medical missions, two to India, and four to Peru, volunteering his time to help bring sight to those blind and less fortunate. His two books, the first, “CATARACTS: THE COMPLETE GUIDE - FROM DIAGNOSIS TO RECOVERY-FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES”, originally published by Simon and Schuster, and the second, “NO MORE GLASSES-THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO LASER VISION CORRECTION” published by iUniverse, were the first books in their field to help patients make a truly informed decision on cataract and laser vision surgery.
Dr. Shulman was also honored as a Best Doctor in New York Magazine, a Top Doctor in the New York Times and in Castle Connolly. He is proud to be inducted into Worldwide Registry. In 1986 Dr. Julius Shulman became one of the first physicians in New York to perform surgery to correct nearsightedness. The development of the excimer laser has revolutionized the correction of nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness, and now Laser Vision Correction has become a main area of concentration in his practice.
His first book, Cataracts, The Complete Guide (Simon and Schuster, 1984, revised St. Martin's Press, 1993) won a Bronze National Health Information Award in 1994. In Dr. Shulman's second book, No More Glasses (iUniverse, 2007), reflects the goal of modern laser vision correction and has been completely revised to include the latest advances in laser technology.