Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FAAO
Dr. Donnenfeld named one of the top ophthalmologists by Becker’s ASC Review
November 1, 2016
The following 51 ophthalmologists are leaders in their field, offering their hospitals, health systems and professional societies expertise both clinically and technologically... Click here to read more
Donnenfeld Bullish on Ophthalmic Innovation — Podcast
August 18, 2014
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At War with Vision Loss
Publish date: November 1, 2013
Source: Fairfield Sun
Throughout his National Football League career, and while playing in high school and college before that, Mike Golic had to wear contact lenses...Click here to read more.
Questions Parents Having LASIK Need to Ask Their Surgeon
Publish date: October 19, 2012
Parents who are considering LASIK for themselves have a different set of questions about the laser eye surgery than single people and couples without children.
Two of the top questions parents ask me are: ““When will I be able to return to taking care of my kids?” and “Can I bring my children to watch the surgery?”
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At War with Vision Loss
Publish date: September 26, 2013
Source: Fairfield County Business Journal
A recent conversation with Dr. Eric Donnenfeld revealed we are all united in three things at least: death and taxes, for which he offered no input across a one-hour conversation, and diminished sight after a certain age, roughly 45 years old, for which he offered a world of information and cutting-edge help … Click here to read more.
New dry eye treatment debuts on LI
Publish date: May 31, 2012
Source: Long Island Business News
In a piece of news that could be a sight for sore eyes, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island has become the first practice in the area to offer a new treatment for evaporative dry eye disease … Click here to read more.
Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island Celebrates One Year in …
Publish date: April 04, 2012
Dr. Donnenfeld, a founding partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) and clinical professor of ophthalmology at NYU, is one of only a handful … Click here to read more.
Ophthalmologists can help put the ‘safety’ in public safety forces
Publish date: Apr 6, 2009
Source: Ophthalmology Times Meeting E-News
San Francisco – Refractive surgeons can take pride in something they typically may not consider: the role they play in public safety.
"I had a really significant experience that I will certainly remember for the rest of my life," Dr. Donnenfeld said.
According to Dr. Donnenfeld, he and the other physicians and health-care professionals at MEEI were surprised and even a little shocked when casualties started arriving. They were seeing large numbers of firefighters and police officers, who were presenting with foreign-body sensations as well as dust and debris in their eyes. Many had lost their contact lenses or glasses.
"Their lives did change forever, and many of them had experienced terrible psychological tragedy," Dr. Donnenfeld said. In addition, losing their contact lenses and glasses negatively affected their ability to do their jobs. Many subsequently sought refractive surgery, thinking that was the only way that they could ever function again in their jobs.
Not much data are available regarding refractive surgery in safety forces, unlike refractive surgery in armed forces personnel, which has been extensively studied and published, he said. No universal vision standards exist for public safety personnel, and standards can vary state to state. Many police and fire departments, however, require uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/100 and best-corrected visual acuity of at least 20/20 from their workers, Dr. Donnenfeld said.
Such a level of vision is required, for instance, he continued, because police officers need to be able to see whether someone is pointing a gun at them, and firefighters have to be able to read street signs.
Contact lenses and glasses can be problematic for safety personnel, however, Dr. Donnenfeld said. Fog and rain can cause issues for those who wear glasses, and spectacle-wearers might not be able to perform their jobs if they were to lose their glasses. Contact lenses could be an issue, too, if they slip or fall out of the eye.
"Good vision is an important attribute for police officers and firefighters, and refractive surgery offers a huge benefit to firefighters and policemen," he concluded. "It improves performance and safety, and that safety translates to us, the ultimate beneficiary."