Ophthalmology

Man having an eye exam at ophthalmologist's office

Ophthalmology

ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology, at the renowned Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, offers one of the world's most advanced eye care programs. Since our founding in 1933, the department has been at the forefront of the diagnosis and treatment of disorders causing visual loss and blindness. Our proud tradition of innovative science with a focus on patient care continues to this day. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologists are recognized as national leaders in the care of patients with eye disorders. Most of our ophthalmologists are annually named Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors and New York Magazine's Best Doctors. ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology is also affiliated with New York-Presbyterian, perennially a top ranked hospital in the nation.

Our Specialties

General Ophthalmology & Optometry

Eye care starts with regular eye exams to identify problems before they progress and to educate patients on maintaining a lifetime of eye health. Along with providing corrective care for farsightedness and nearsightedness, our ophthalmologists and optometrists are skilled at finding eye disease early, enabling intervention before vision may be threatened. For complex conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts, we refer patients to expert ColumbiaDoctors subspecialists, providing continuity of care.

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Cornea & External Disorders

Columbia Ophthalmology has specialists dedicated to managing conditions affecting the cornea and the anterior segment of the eye, including conjunctiva, sclera, iris, ciliary body and lens. Our subspecialists concentrate on the treatment of corneal infections, corneal dystrophies, and eye injuries.  Using proven technologies, ColumbiaDoctors ophthalmologists are highly skilled in corneal transplants and laser-based corneal therapies.

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Cataract Surgery

While cataracts are a very common eye condition, particularly among older adults, they can adversely affect a patient's ability to see and quality of life. Patients benefit from ColumbiaDoctors specialists in the treatment of cataracts, helping them decide amongst the various treatment options. At ColumbiaDoctors, our ophthalmologists are highly trained in performing cataract surgery, but often steer mild cases to less invasive treatment options.

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Glaucoma Care

The timely and correct treatment of glaucoma can prevent blindness. With authorities in glaucoma diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research, ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology at the Harkness Eye Institute helps patients proactively manage glaucoma and ensures that they maintain as much vision as possible.

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Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology offers surgical expertise in correcting diseases that affect the area around the eye. Our oculoplastic surgeons also specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and eye area.

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Neuro-Ophthalmology

Our dedicated neuro-ophthalmology specialists care for both neurologic and systemic disorders that affect how the brain perceives vision. In conjunction with other ColumbiaDoctors neurologists and other specialists, we offer state of the art diagnostic and treatment options, utilizing an advanced understanding of neuro-ophthalmologic conditions.

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Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus

Treating the developing eye requires an ophthalmologist experienced in pediatric care. Our highly trained pediatric ophthalmologists understand the unique eye care needs of children. From premature babies to teenagers, our pediatric ophthalmologists combine the latest techniques with the deepest experience in the care of eye disorders in children.

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Laser Vision Correction Center

ColumbiaDoctors ophthalmologists lead the Columbia University Laser Vision Center, offering vision correction from some of the nation's leading experts. We provide our patients with cutting-edge technology and the safest methods available.

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Retinal Disorders 

The retina specialists at ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology are uniquely skilled in the treatment of this eye structure, which is critical to vision. We have world-renowned experts in problems affecting the retina and have provided leadership in the research of retinal disease.

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Eye Genetics

ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology is one of the best-equipped and trained centers for eye genetics. Genetic testing can identify inherited eye conditions, often detecting them before symptoms start. Genetic testing helps establish the cause of eye and vision problems and can also aid in treatment.

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