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Eric Donnenfeld

Founding Partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut; Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University Medical Center; Surgical Director of The Lions Eye Bank of Long Island, NY, USA

During his nearly 30-year career, Eric has lectured and taught around the world, and has made significant advancements in the field; he was the first surgeon in the northeast US to perform laser cataract surgery, participated in the studies that led to FDA approval of the excimer laser technology, and he has been selected as an investigator for numerous other FDA clinical studies. Eric is currently Editor-in-Chief of EyeWorld and has written over 190 peer-reviewed papers on cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery, and 30 book chapters and books. He is on the editorial board of 9 journals and has participated in over 60 FDA studies. He was a primary investigator of both the excimer laser and femtosecond laser for cataract surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has received its Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Life Time Achievement Award, and Secretariat Award.

What are your goals for the future?

“I enjoy changing the way ophthalmology is practiced. Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and Connecticut has recently partnered with Blue Sea Capital, a premier private equity company, to help grow our practice to provide the highest quality of ophthalmic care throughout the New York metropolitan region. Our goal is to integrate the newest technology, surgical procedures and outcomes analysis to grow our group while providing the absolute best in patient care.” 

Who have been your mentors?

“I have been privileged to work with some of the most extraordinary ophthalmologists in the world. During my residency Jack Dodick, Richard Troutman, and Larry Yannuzzi were my role models and my fellowship year at Wills Eye Hospital with Peter Laibson was a great learning experience. Finally, I joined Henry Perry, one of the best corneal specialists I have every met who continues to mentor me.”

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