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The Bendheim Family Retina Center Dedicated at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

The Bendheim FamilyVisits at Center Have Jumped 50 Percent in Three Years

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New York, NY (May 2006) -- The Retina Center at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, the region’s largest, oldest and most comprehensive retina service, will become the Bendheim Family Retina Center on May 18, 2006, at a dedication ceremony reflecting long-term support of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary by the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, headed by Robert Bendheim. A gift of $1.5 million toward eye research and services was recently announced by Mr. Bendheim, president of the foundation.

The Retina Center, unrivaled in New York for its advanced research and technology, has seen a dramatic increase in visits from 22,000 when it opened in 2003, to over 30,000 visits today, much of the increase due to diabetic retinopathy and other retinal disease associated with the diabetes epidemic in New York and around the nation. 

"One constant in my 40 years at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has been the wonderful generosity of people such as the Bendheims, who recognized that the way to cure eye disease is through research," said Joseph Walsh, MD, chairman of Ophthalmology at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. 

The 9,600 square foot Bendheim Family Retina Center is nationally known for its research and subspecialty clinical work in retinal detachments and tears, macular degeneration, macular edema, diabetic retinopathy, proliferative retinopathy, and other eye diseases such as uveitis and ocular tumors. 

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s Advanced Retinal Imaging Laboratory includes pioneering technologies such as:

  • SLO-OCT (scanning laser ophthalmoscope – optical coherence tomography), a new diagnostic and monitoring combination technology for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration patients.

  • Retinal Thickness Analyzer, used to monitor the progression of macular thickening in patients with diabetic macular edema.

  • 3-D Ultrasound Tomography System, used to perform three-dimensional tomographic imaging of the eye and orbit to assess tumor growth

  • Macular Pigment Densitometry, used to measure increased risk of developing macular disease.

  • Heidelberg Retinal Tomograph II (HRT II), used to detect the onset of glaucoma be generating 3-D details of the retina.

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More About the Retina Center

Retina Service
Information about the services provided at the Center.

Advanced Retinal Imaging Center
This lab's primary focus is to explore new technologies for imaging the human retina in order to enhance our understanding of the anatomy, physiology and visual function for the benefit of our patients as well as our general understanding.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Retina Center
Interactive tour of the state-of-the-art Retina Center

Highlights Archive: NYEE Opens New, State-of-the-Art Retina Center
Coverage of the grand opening of the Retina Center in Spring 2003

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  Media Information

If you are a reporter seeking an interview with a doctor at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, please contact Jean Thomas, at (212) 979-4274. 

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