BronxCare Health System

Dr. Martin Mayers, Chairman, Ophthalmology, performing cornea evaluation using Oculus Pentacam equipment.



A Healthy Vision for the Future

With over a dozen highly trained Eye Care specialists, BronxCare’s Department of Ophthalmology is dedicated to providing outstanding eye care to patients. Its expertise includes:

• Cataract Surgery
• Corneal Diseases and Transplants
• Contact Lens Services
• Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration
• Glaucoma: Medical, Surgical, and Laser Treatment
• Low Vision Therapy
• Neuro-Ophthalmology
• Oculoplastic Surgery
• Pediatric Eye Care and Strabismus Surgery
• Primary Eye Care and Optometric Services
• Retina: Medical, Surgical, and Laser Treatment
• Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation

BronxCare’s Ophthalmology Residency Program, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Nataneli, continues to attract top-tier medical students, placing its graduates in highly sought-after fellowships. Dr. Tybee Eleff directs the Primary Eye Care Optometry Residency Program, an affiliate of the S.U.N.Y. College of Optometry. He is working to establish a Pediatric Optometry residency at BronxCare.


Dr. Tybee Eleff, Attending, Ophthalmology, checking vision of patient.
Dr. Tybee Eleff, Attending, Ophthalmology, checking vision of patient.

A recent addition to the Pediatric Eye Care Service is Dr. Ilana Friedman. She is working with other ophthalmologists on the team to expand the scope of eye care services offered to the pediatric population. The two most common causes of irreversible vision loss in the United States are Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma. As a result, Retina and Glaucoma services were expanded to meet this increasing community need.

The Retina Service has grown with the return of Dr. David Scott Ketner, following a Retina fellowship at Yale. Dr. Ketner joins Zimei Zhou, M.D., Ph.D., in providing Retina Services, Monday through Saturday. Using the Optos widefield retina camera and the latest Heidelberg OCT imaging, retina patients receive state-of-the-art diagnostic testing prior to receiving specialized medical and surgical therapy, if needed.

Dr. Pearl Rosenbaum, Attending, Ophthalmology, preparing equipment for eye exam.
Dr. Pearl Rosenbaum, Attending, Ophthalmology, preparing equipment for eye exam.

Tele-Ophthalmology retinal photography is used to evaluate diabetic patients in five Primary Care Medicine and Family Medicine practices. Diabetic patients, who have not had an eye exam within the past year, can have photos taken with special retinal cameras not requiring dilatation drops. The photos are then read remotely by Dr. Jonathan Levine, one of the retina Attendings.

Dr. Grace Jing Wang, returning from her glaucoma fellowship at Harvard, joins Dr. Shlomit Sandler and Dr. Alix Fleury as a vital part of the Glaucoma Service. Having the latest optic nerve head and nerve fiber layer diagnostic equipment allows this service to detect early signs of glaucomatous progression. With this information, medical therapy and/or surgical intervention can be administered to prevent progressive vision loss.

“Our team of dedicated eye care specialists are available for appointments 6 days a week and for emergencies 24/7.”

—Dr. Martin Mayers, Chairman, Ophthalmology