The main New York Eye and Ear Infirmary complex consists of several contiguous buildings. The oldest of these is the South Building, completed in 1893, which houses ophthalmology outpatient clinics and services, the Ophthalmology Faculty Practice and private physician offices. The North hospital building includes 16 operating rooms, pediatric and adult inpatient facilities, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the Bendheim Family Retina Center, and a recently renovated floor for admission and care of ambulatory surgical patients. An apartment building on 13th Street is connected to the hospital and contains 123 units dedicated to administrative offices and apartments for residents and hospital employees.
The Outpatient Department is comprised of the ComprehensiveOphthalmology Clinic and a complete spectrum of subspecialty clinics and services. These include:
State-of-the-art facilities are present throughout the hospital, both in the clinic and operating room. The main clinic area consists of a recently renovated patient waiting area with eighteen private, modern examining lanes. There is an Urgent Care Area, as The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is a regional member of the National Eye Trauma System and the National Eye Trauma Registry. There is a well-equipped minor surgery OR located on the 9th floor of the North Building.
The Glaucoma center utilizes both Goldmann and computerized Humphrey visual field technology, which are manned by a dedicated staff. Argon and Nd:YAG lasers are present on site in the glaucoma clinic. Modern diagnostic modalities such as optical coherence tomography, ultrasound biomicroscopy, and optic disc analysis are also routinely available.
The Retinal Diagnostic Center offers the latest digital fundus imaging system with capability to image both fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography and optical coherence tomography. Electrophysiologic testing is routinely performed. A complete array of laser instrumentation is present, including argon, krypton, Nd:YAG, and diode lasers.
A complete radiology department is present on-site, featuring both standard radiography and helical computerized tomography with three-dimensional capabilities.
The Medical Photography Department also plays an active role in clinical activities. It is available for both photography of individual cases and computer-assisted production of slide and poster presentations.
Educational facilities for the residents have recently been expanded. An on-site medical library is present, housing all major and subspecialty journals, as well as major textbooks. Conference rooms in both the hospital and South buildings are utilized for daily resident conferences and lectures. A recently renovated resident computer resource room is equipped with hardware and software for production of slide presentations, literature search, and other applications.
In addition, the newly renovated Jorge N. Buxton Microsurgical Lab is located on the 5th floor of the South building. This state-of-the-art facility contains 16 stations, each equipped with an operating microscope and microsurgical instruments where residents may learn and practice surgical techniques. A EYE-SI surgical simulator contained within the lab allows residents to refine their microsurgical skills for cataract and vitrectomy surgery.
On-site laboratory facilities provide ample ground for clinical and basic science research. The recently renovated Department of Pathology includes an ophthalmic microbiology laboratory with full-time staff performing scanning and transmission electron microscopy. This specialized lab is one of the few tissue culture laboratories in the world dedicated to development of ocular cell lines such as retinal pigment epithelium and choroidal melanoma.