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The Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary provides clinical, research, and training programs on a number of levels to attending staff, fellows, residents, and medical students.
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has the therapeutic and diagnostic capabilities to handle all disorders pertaining to the anterior segment of the eye. Anterior segment imaging such as corneal topography, high frequency ultrasound biomicroscopy, confocal microscopy, SL-OCT, and digital specular microscopy and pachymetry are available.
The Microbiology Laboratory, under the direction of Mr. Mahendra Shah, is one of the most active in the country and is able to handle diagnostic specimens for all infectious diseases of the eye. We have one of the busiest corneal transplantation programs in the Northeast. Our surgeons routinely perform penetrating and endothelial (DSEK) transplantation techniques, in addition to reconstruction of the cornea and anterior segment after trauma or prior surgery. Newer developments in keratoprosthetic devices (artificial cornea) have been tremendously beneficial for patients who had previously not been eligible for corneal transplantation.
Refractive surgical services have been provided since 1995, and our residents and attendings have access to the latest technologies including topography, wave scan analysis, and soon to be added femtosecond laser.
Educational programs on the basic sciences in corneal and refractive surgery are scheduled throughout the year for both residents and fellows, and attending physicians. A schedule of these lectures can be obtained through the Resident Education office or on the Cornea Service website: www.nyeecorneaservice.com.
Corneal, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery Clinics are conducted three half-days per week, concurrently with a Contact Lens Clinic. Approximately 2,250 patients are seen per year in the Cornea Clinic, and 1,800 patients in the Contact Lens Clinic. Non-emergent corneal surgery is regularly scheduled one day per week.
Resident clinics and surgery are staffed at all times by an attending physician. All of our attending staff have completed fellowship training in corneal and refractive surgery. Residents also receive extensive training in laser vision correction, including lectures, and attendance at laser and keratome courses throughout the year. Residents will have the opportunity to perform laser vision correction procedures, and will achieve certification in these techniques prior to the end of their residency.
The Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service sponsors a series of lectures throughout the academic year covering all areas of the specialty. In addition, there is a monthly OKAP board review series,. A short quiz is administered at each of these sessions, covering the topics discussed, to monitor the resident’s progress. A more comprehensive examination covering all topics is administered prior to the OKAP examination to help the resident identify any areas of weakness in his/her knowledge . Case presentations are presented monthly at Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service Rounds, and quarterly at Departmental Grand Rounds.
Read more about the Resident Training Program in Ophthalmology.
The Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service accepts one or two Clinical Fellow(s) per year. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed an accredited ophthalmology residency program, and have an unrestricted New York State medical license. The Fellow(s) participate in the clinical and surgical practice of cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery, and are involved in the cornea and refractive surgery research program.
Observational Fellowships may be arranged under special circumstances.
Read more about the Fellowship Programs in Ophthalmology.