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The information on this blog is strictly for educational purposes, and doesn't constitute medical advice intended to diagnose or treat disease in a particular patient. As always, patients should contact their doctor for purposes of diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Aizman was an invited distinguished speaker at the 23rd Annual Fall Alumni Reunion Day at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, where he gave a lecture on Robotic Retina Surgery.

November 21, 2017

4 Surprising Eye Health Myths

Your eyes are an important part of your overall health and wellness. By making smart choices today, your eyes will perform their best well into your golden years. Let’s clear up four common eye health myths and reveal the real truths you need to know! Myth #1. If my vision is good, I don’t need … Continued

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November 14, 2017

Which Options Work Best for Treating RVO?

Retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a type of blockage in the veins. Usually, RVO is caused by the hardening of the arteries. Risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, and other eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular edema, or a vitreous hemorrhage. Until about five years ago, ophthalmologists had few options for treating patients with … Continued

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October 26, 2017

The Effect of Virtual Reality Glasses on Your Eyes

Virtual reality is one of the hottest technology trends, and it’s only expected to grow bigger. Thanks to VR technology, you can be transported to an entirely new world without ever leaving your couch. From battlefields and outer space, to deep sea diving, nothing is out of reach with a virtual reality headset. However, what … Continued

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October 24, 2017

Guide to Baby’s Vision Development

Did you recently welcome a new addition to the household? Congratulations! The first year is filled with many new developments, and one of them is vision. Unlike hearing, which is fully developed by the time your baby is born, vision is not as mature. As your baby’s eyesight changes, it’s important to know if his … Continued

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October 17, 2017

All You Need to Know About Cataracts

Do you have questions about cataracts? If you or a loved one was diagnosed with a cataract, it’s normal to feel scared and uncertain. Many people know that cataracts cause vision loss, but they don’t know much about the different types, reasons for developing them, and treatments available. Let’s explore the most important things to … Continued

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September 28, 2017

What to Look For When Choosing an Ophthalmologist

Choosing an ophthalmologist requires just as much attention as choosing a primary care physician. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor that specializes in vision care. These professionals provide preventative care services and early treatment for a wide range of eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. With such an important job to perform, how … Continued

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September 26, 2017

How to Protect Your Eyes While Playing Sports

Playing sports is an excellent way to keep your physical health strong, but many people forget that their eyes deserve attention too. Just as helmets and kneepads are important for participating in sports, so is protective eyewear. It may not be the coolest looking gear on the field, but it can prevent serious injuries such … Continued

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September 14, 2017

Why You Should Wear Sunglasses All Year Round

Sunglasses go hand-in-hand with summer, but the reality is that you should wear your sunglasses year-round. It doesn’t matter where you live or what the weather conditions are like – wearing sunglasses is an essential part of caring for your vision. Let’s learn more about the importance of wearing sunglasses each time you go outside. … Continued

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September 5, 2017

Back to School: Tips for Students New to Wearing Eyeglasses

Was your child recently fitted for eyeglasses after visiting the eye doctor? Routine eye exams that are required for school are effective at identifying vision problems in young children. Now that you can send your child to school with the confidence that they can see, how can you help them adjust to wearing glasses? Some … Continued

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September 1, 2017

5 Ways Makeup Can Harm Your Eyes

For many women, makeup is an important part of their morning routine. Women wear cosmetics for a plethora of reasons, such as to boost confidence or practice good self-care. If wearing makeup is significant to you, be aware of the ways that it can potentially harm your eyes. If you end up with an infection, … Continued

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August 22, 2017

Tips to Potentially Avoid Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans age 60 and older. The condition usually appears gradually, but can eventually lead to irreversible vision loss affecting your ability to read, drive, or recognize faces. Your eyesight plays a pivotal role in your independent life, so it’s important to take every … Continued

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July 27, 2017

How Eye Exams Change as You Age

As you grow older, your vision changes. Even if you’ve always had healthy eyes, it’s possible to develop problems that make it difficult to see clearly. Because there are so many changes in the vision, eye exams change as well. As long as you go to the eye doctor on a regular basis, your eye … Continued

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July 26, 2017

Prevent Child Digital Eye Strain: Limit Your Kids Use of Tablets

Today’s kids have grown up with computers and tablets, and many don’t see anything wrong with spending hours in front of them. Even parents agree that online games and apps provide numerous opportunities for learning, discovering and bonding with others. Although kids and computers are inseparable, it’s worth considering the effects that digital eye strain … Continued

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July 25, 2017

What Does an Online Eye Exam Entail

When you have a medical question, where do you turn to? Google of course! Not only are we capable of diagnosing minor illnesses using online symptom checkers, but we can also connect with real doctors and therapists through a computer screen. Now, online eye exams are available and they are cheaper and easier than in-office … Continued

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June 29, 2017

What is Degenerative Myopia?

Degenerative myopia, also called malignant or pathological myopia, has become more prevalent in recent years. It is reported to be the seventh leading cause of legal blindness in the United States and the most common form of refractive error of the eye. Genetic factors influence the onset of degenerative myopia, though the disease is still … Continued

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June 28, 2017

What are the Symptoms of Ocular Tumors?

Ocular melanoma is the most common type of eye cancer. It typically affects the uvea, which is the vascular layer of the eye between the retina and white part of the eye. Sometimes, the cancer starts in the eye and is referred to as primary eye cancer. Other times, the cancer spreads to the eye … Continued

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June 27, 2017

5 Things that Happen When You Leave Your Contacts In Overnight

Wearing contacts can be a wonderful alternative to glasses, but it does come with responsibilities. One of them is taking out your contacts each night. In a perfect world, contact wearers do this in the evenings to give their eyes a chance to breathe. However, it’s not uncommon for people to accidentally fall asleep in … Continued

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May 30, 2017

Symptoms of Retinal Detachment and How is it Treated

Retinal detachment occurs when the vitreous, or gel-like substance, leaks through the retina and accumulates below. Aging or conditions of the retina can cause the retina to thin over time, creating a tear. Fluid inside the vitreous then leaks into the tear and collects underneath the retina, pulling it away from the underlying tissues. These … Continued

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May 25, 2017

5 Things You Should Tell Your Eye Doctor

Unless you have a chronic condition, the most you probably visit your eye doctor is once a year. If you forget to talk to your doctor about something, the issue could go unresolved, causing further problems down the road. The tricky thing is knowing which signs and symptoms should be discussed with your ophthalmologist. Sometimes, … Continued

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May 16, 2017

10 Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Your eyes are an important part of your overall health and wellbeing. There are many things you can do to preserve your vision, even well into your golden years. It all starts with having comprehensive eye exams with an eye specialist every 1-2 years. This is the only way to know for sure that your … Continued

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April 25, 2017

What it Means When a Retina Specialist Suggests a Micropulse Laser Treatment

If you have been recommended micropulse laser treatment by your retina specialist, you probably have a few questions about what the procedure entails and whether or not it’s right for you. Micropulse laser treatment is used to treat retinal diseases and glaucoma. The procedure is being offered by more eye specialists because of its safety … Continued

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April 18, 2017

What Happens to Your Eyes As You Age

If you’ve already hit the 40-year mark, you know some of the ways that your eyes have changed. You probably can’t go out for dinner and order off the menu without your eyeglasses, for example. Presbyopia is a condition that happens to all of us and nothing to be concerned about. However, other problems can … Continued

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April 11, 2017

5 Signs You Need to Visit an Eye Doctor

Unlike the dentist, it’s not necessary to see the eye doctor every 6 months. A comprehensive eye exam every couple of years is enough to ensure that your eyes stay healthy and your vision stays sharp. You will need more frequent eye exams if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma or diabetes. You … Continued

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March 28, 2017

What a Comprehensive Eye Exam Should Include

Getting your yearly eye exam is an important part of staying healthy. At the age of 40, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends getting a baseline eye exam. If you have vision problems, underlying health conditions or are at risk for eye disease, you don’t need to wait until 40 to have an exam. What … Continued

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March 21, 2017

What is a Vitreo-Retinal Surgery?

Vitreoretinal eye surgery refers to a group of procedures that are done deep inside the eye’s interior. This part of the eye is where the vitreous and retina are found, making vitreoretinal surgeries highly delicate. The purpose of a vitrectomy is to restore, preserve and improve vision for a wide range of conditions, including age-related … Continued

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March 9, 2017

How to Properly Handle a Scratched Cornea

A corneal abrasion is one of the most common eye injuries. It can be painful, leading to discomfort, red eyes and sensitivity to light. It’s important to see your eye doctor right away if you suspect a scratched cornea. These types of eye injuries can lead to infection and blurred vision if they aren’t treated. … Continued

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February 28, 2017

Why Do Retina Specialists Use Intravitreal Injections?

Intravitreal injections are used to deliver medication to the retina and other parts of the eye. By doing this, the drugs are absorbed by the eye as opposed to the rest of the body. Intravitreal injections treat a wide variety of conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular disease. How the Process … Continued

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February 16, 2017

5 Questions to Ask Your Eye Doctor

When you go to the eye doctor for a routine visit, do you come prepared with a list of questions? Do you even know which types of things to inquire about? Many people don’t. They wait all year to see an eye specialist and end up walking in and out in under an hour. Rather … Continued

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February 8, 2017

4 Amazing Advancements in Eye Surgery

You only get one set of eyes, so it’s exciting to hear when advancements in eye surgery have been made. Not only do these advancements allow us to protect and preserve eyesight, but also they make the surgical process less invasive. Let’s take a look at four amazing advancements in eye surgery and how they … Continued

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January 26, 2017

Dry Eye Syndrome: The Causes and Treatment

Dry eye syndrome is more than dry eyes. It’s a problem that involves your tears and how often they are produced. Your tears have an important purpose: they keep your eyes clean and healthy. The glands located in your upper eyelid are responsible for producing tears, and every time you blink, they are pushed across … Continued

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January 24, 2017

Just Turned 40? It’s Time to Visit an Ophthalmologist

If you recently blew out the candles on your 40th birthday cake, well, happy birthday! This milestone doesn’t have the best reputation because people officially move into “middle aged” status. Yet those who have lived to tell about it assure newcomers that this is one of the best decades! As you celebrate turning 40, make … Continued

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January 19, 2017

What Your Ophthalmologist Can Tell You About Alzheimer’s Disease

The eyes aren’t just windows to your soul. They are windows to your brain, too. If you want to know more about your potential risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, it’s possible that an eye exam can tell you more. Researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto unveiled new technology that detects beta amyloid … Continued

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January 3, 2017

Gender Differences in Eye Health

It’s no secret that men and women see the world differently. Yet usually when we say this, it’s from an emotional standpoint, not a physical one. What you may not realize is that men and women actually do see the world differently thanks to variances in the hearing and olfactory systems. Male eyes are more … Continued

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December 30, 2016

The Effects of Winter on Your Eyesight

Keeping your eyes healthy through all four seasons is important. Many people give extra attention to their eyes in the summer because of the increased exposure to the sun. Yet winter deserves just as much precaution. Below are some of the most common ways that winter can impact the eyes and what you can do … Continued

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December 27, 2016

Start Early: How to Protect Your Baby’s Eye Health

Believe it or not, you should start thinking about your baby’s eye health as soon as you find out that you are expecting! While you might be tempted to leave things up to Mother Nature, there are steps you can take to protect your baby’s eyesight. Let’s explore what these are. Eat Healthy During Pregnancy … Continued

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December 6, 2016

Is it Possible to Reverse AMD Through Diet and Vitamins?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that affects over 15 million Americans. The disease attacks the macula of the eye, which is responsible for the central field of vision. AMD causes partial blindness and can take away the ability to drive, read and recognize faces. Though the exact cause of AMD isn’t known, … Continued

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November 29, 2016

Can a Stye Be Caused by Stress?

Some people notice that when they get stressed or run down, they are more likely to develop a stye. Is there a correlation between the two, or is it just coincidence? What Causes a Stye to Develop? A stye is caused by an infection that has occurred in the oil glands in the eyelid. Anyone … Continued

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November 22, 2016

What are the Most Common Causes of Vision Loss in Older Adults?

Vision loss in older adults is a major health concern. One in every three people has some form of a vision-reducing eye disease by the time they are 65 years old. Vision impairment can take its toll on many individuals, leaving them unable to perform certain tasks and putting them at risk for depression. As … Continued

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October 27, 2016

How a Simple Eye Exam Can Save Your Life

It’s hard to imagine that a simple eye exam could actually save your life, but it’s absolutely true. Deteriorating eyesight is a sign that something isn’t right, and it could be a serious, life-threatening condition, such as a brain tumor, causing the problems. The next time you think about skipping your annual eye exam – … Continued

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October 25, 2016

What’s the Difference Between Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration?

There are two types of age-related macular degeneration (AMD): dry (atrophic) and wet (neovascular or exudative). In most cases of AMD, the condition begins as dry and progresses to the wet type. Although the condition occurs in both eyes, it does not have to progress at the same rate. It’s possible to have dry AMD … Continued

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October 13, 2016

3 Exercises That Effectively Reduce Eye Strain

Eye strain occurs when your eyes have been overused for an extended period of time, such as when you look at a computer screen all day. While eye strain does have side effects (headaches, blurred vision, dryness and discomfort), it doesn’t lead to long-term damage. If you battle eye strain frequently, you don’t have to … Continued

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September 29, 2016

7 Health Problems That Can Be Diagnosed Through the Eyes

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but can they also be windows to your health? It turns out that a general eye exam can be just as effective at determining your overall health as a yearly physical. If you’ve been putting off your eye exam because you feel that your … Continued

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September 27, 2016

What are the Risk Factors for Developing Ocular Cancer?

Ocular melanoma, or eye cancer, is the most common type of primary eye cancer in adults. Around 2,500 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. While ocular melanoma can occur in anyone of any age, it primarily happens to those who have light pigmentation of the eye and are in their 50s or older. … Continued

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September 13, 2016

What Causes the Blood Vessels in the Eye to Leak?

Retinal vein occlusion is a condition that happens when one of the retinal veins becomes blocked by a blood clot. Though it’s usually painless, the damage can lead to vision loss in the affected eye. The most common risk factors for this condition include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and glaucoma. The best … Continued

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September 1, 2016

What are Intravitreal Injections Used For?

If a retina eye specialist has recommended intravitreal injections to preserve your eyesight, you’re probably wondering what this type of treatment entails. No one likes to hear “injections” particularly when it involves the eye, so the very sound of this treatment can seem frightening. Rest assured that intravitreal injections are safe, effective and have mild … Continued

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August 30, 2016

How Does Diabetes Affect the Eyes?

Diabetes is a metabolic condition that results in too much sugar in the blood. It can be very serious and include symptoms such as increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger and fatigue. But there’s something else that many people don’t realize, and that’s the impact that diabetes can have on the eyes. When you have diabetes, … Continued

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August 16, 2016

6 Things You Need to Stop Doing with Your Contact Lenses

Wearing contacts is a blessing and a curse. For those people who don’t want to spend a lifetime wearing glasses, contacts are a wonderful alternative. Plus, there are some pretty neat designs out there that can change the color of your eye, enhance your natural color or make you look like the Mad Hatter. On … Continued

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July 28, 2016

What You Need to Know About Digital Fatigue and Its Effect on Your Eyes

Muscles are attached to the eyes, and they can get tired just as other muscles do. Even though the eye muscles are exceptionally strong, they can become strained and fatigued from sitting in front of a computer, a TV or under fluorescent lights for hours at a time. This is called visual fatigue. Today we … Continued

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July 20, 2016

Is It Normal to See Eye Floaters Every Day?

Eye floaters can be described as small spots or squiggles that move around in your field of vision. While they can show up at any time, they most commonly appear after looking at something bright such as the daytime sky. In most cases, eye floaters are harmless and won’t interfere with your vision. People become … Continued

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July 11, 2016

What is Uveitis and is it Treatable?

Uveitis is inflammation in the uvea or uveal layer of the eye. This is the middle of the three layers of the eye, and it includes the iris (colored part of the eye), choroid (thin membrane containing blood vessels) and the ciliary body (part of the eye that joins the two together). The uvea is … Continued

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July 5, 2016

10 Best Foods to Boost Your Eye Health

Eating a healthy, wholesome diet is not just good for your body but your eyesight, too! The risk for certain eye conditions increases with age, so it’s important to consider the types of foods you are eating and where you can add more nutrients into your diet. While it is still recommended that you see … Continued

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June 29, 2016

Protect Your Eyes This Summer with the Right Sunglasses

Usually when people shop for sunglasses, they’re more focused on how they look in them rather than how well they protect their eyes. However, there is a purpose to sunglasses that goes beyond making you look good. Sunglasses make it easier to see on a sunny day and are also a great defense against UV … Continued

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June 27, 2016

5 Ways to Prevent Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a condition that typically happens in older people and can lead to blurred vision or blindness. It affects millions of people around the world and is the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50. Though there is no cure for macular degeneration, also referred to as … Continued

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June 1, 2016

NEW WEBSITE

Empire Retina Consultants Launches New Website! We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website, offering patients easy access to all the most frequently asked questions including information about our doctors, driving directions, phone numbers, and procedural questions.  

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May 15, 2016

TOP OPHTHALMOLOGIST IN BROOKLYN

Dr. Aizman was selected by the International Association of Ophthalmologists as a top Ophthalmologist in Brooklyn!

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March 18, 2014

SUPER DOCTOR

We are happy to announce that Dr. Aizman has been nominated as a “Super Doctor” in New York for 2013-2014!

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April 13, 2009

ON CBS EVENING NEWS

Dr Aizman was interviewed on CBS Evening News on April 14, 2009 discussing the emerging epidemic of age-related macular degeneration.

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March 11, 2009

DOCTORS RADIO

Dr Aizman was an invited guest speaker on NYU Langone Medical Center’s Doctor’s Radio- Sirius Channel 114. He talked about the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration and answered questions live on the air.

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February 21, 2009

AMERICA’S TOP OPHTHALMOLOGISTS

Dr Aizman is recognized as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists in 2009 by Consumer’s Research Council of America.

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