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Metropolitan Vision Correction Associates
is the premier vision solution center in New York City. Our private office offers state of the art technology, comprehensive eye examinations, specialty contact lens fittings, dry eye treatment, pre & post-operative surgical care including LASIK, Cataracts, Glaucoma and Cornea.

Our Doctors Frederic Nevins, Traci Goldstein, Arthur Jung, and Robert Behan
are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases utilizing the most advanced technologies available. Glasses, contact lenses, and Vision Therapy are offered to patients suffering from headaches, eye strain, blurred vision, and computer difficulties. We are experts in early detection and treatment of Glaucoma and Retinal Diseases such as Macula Degeneration.


The Dry Eye Experts in NYC
Doctors Nevins, Goldstein, Jung, and Behan are dedicated to and specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dry Eye. Metropolitan Vision Correction Associates are the Experts to see for the Treatment of Dry Eye in New York City. Our Doctors manage the treatment of Dry Eye with a passion. If the diagnosis of Dry Eye is made, an effective and individualized treatment plan is prescribed for each Dry Eye Patient. Existing patients and Doctors frequently refer to us when past efforts to treat Dry Eye have been ineffective.


“Serving 3 generations of families in the heart of Greenwich Village”
Schedule an appointment today to experience the most thorough eye examination you have ever had.

Specialists and Experts in Glaucoma, Dry Eye, and Contact Lenses in NYC!

Dr. Frederic Nevins, Dr. Traci Goldstein, Dr. Arthur Jung, and Dr. Robert Behan are eye care specialists and experts in the treatment of Dry Eye and Glaucoma, as well as fitting contact lenses in New York City.
We are the best Eye Doctors in NYC for your Eye Care needs. We are conveniently located on 13th Street just off 5th Avenue in Greenwich Village, near Union Square.

Comprehensive Eye Exams in NYC

If you have difficulty getting the correct pair of eyeglasses or are generally unhappy with your vision, our Optometrists will perform the most comprehensive eye exam to solve your problems. Computer eye strain is one of the most common visual complaints in NYC. With our thorough eye exam, we can help improve your computer related difficulties. Click here to learn more about the technologies we offer.

Glaucoma Specialists in NYC

We are specialists in early detection and glaucoma treatment in New York City. We pride ourselves in the early diagnosis of glaucoma using the latest technologies. If you were diagnosed with glaucoma or told you may have glaucoma and reside in the New York City area, click here to learn more about the disease and how we can help treat your condition.

Dry Eye Treatment in NYC

The doctors at Metropolitan Vision have been using the most novel approaches to diagnose and treat Dry Eye Syndrome for over 35 years. If you live in New York City and suffer from dry eye symptoms, please click here for more information. You will learn some of the common symptoms and see how we can provide dry eye relief. We have shown success where previous treatments have been ineffective. We are dry eye experts and the best Eye Doctors you will find for your Dry Eye Syndrome.

Custom Contact Lens Fittings in NYC

If you are in need of a comprehensive contact lens exam, we are the contact lens specialists in NYC with over 35 years of experience. We provide specialty contact lens fittings and are the experts who can design and fit custom contact lenses for keratoconus, irregular corneas, astigmatism, or cornea transplants. Click here to find out more about contact lenses in the New York City area.

Dr. Frederic Nevins
brings years of experience in treating patients to the team of Metropolitan Vision Correction Associates. He founded the practice 30 years ago and still sees some of his initial patients and their families today. Dr. Nevins is an expert in the treatment of glaucoma and dry eye, and has developed unique protocols for the management of these conditions. He also spends time dealing with hard to fit contact lens patients and can customize a contact lens to fit any type of eye. If you have a chronic vision problem that has not been fixed, Dr. Nevins will take the necessary time to come up with a helpful solution. A graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association, Dr. Nevins spends time outside the office fishing and spending time with his family.
Dr. Traci Goldstein
is a member of the team at Metropolitan Vision Correction Associates where she specializes in helping and advising patients with vision related issues such as dry eye, extended contact lens use, and eyestrain from over-exposure to computer screens. In addition, Dr. Goldstein works hard to find optometric solutions for patients in need of vision therapy. Dr. Goldstein has a passion for the field and is a member of both the NY State and American Optometric Associations. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Goldstein completed her residency at the Northport VA Hospital and graduated top in her class from the SUNY State College of Optometry. A native New Yorker, she resides on the Upper West Side with her husband. Dr. Goldstein is enjoying the company of her new son Maxwell Logan, who was born in January of 2010.
Dr. Arthur Jung
is a member of the team at Metropolitan Vision Correction Associates where he specializes in finding custom solutions for contact lens patients, including the treatment of dry eye and specialty contact lens fittings. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and a top graduate of the SUNY State College of Optometry. Dr. Jung completed his residency at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where he refined his skills in treating emergencies and ocular diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and Diabetes. He takes pride in his knowledge of technologies in our advancing eyecare field. He lives with his wife in downtown Park Row. He celebrated the birth of his daughter Alexis in February of 2009.
Dr. Robert Behan
is a member of the team at Metropolitan Vision and concentrates on comprehensive management of patients' visual needs. Dr. Behan was a top graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He completed a residency at the Illinois Eye Institute and the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind where he concentrated on the management of ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation. Dr Behan is also experienced in specialty contact lens fitting. Dr Behan and his wife recently moved to their new home in Brooklyn. He also has a beautiful baby girl named Darcy, who was born in March of 2009.


WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE:

  • You will be greeted by a friendly staff
  • Please bring your insurance card
  • Bring your recent glasses and contact lens information
There will be:
  • Pre testing to help determine your prescription
  • A thorough assessment of your needs discussed with the Doctor
  • A comprehensive spectacle or contact lens examination performed by the Doctor
  • A detailed ocular health examination using eye drops to check for glaucoma and to dilate the pupils
  • If needed, the Doctor will order special tests
  • Our Opticians will fit you with the correct frame and lenses
  • A final consultation with your Doctor will be done to review the examination results and answer any questions
  • Plan on 1+ hours in the office for your examination
  • Your vision will be slightly blurry for reading and light sensitive after your eyes are dilated
SAVE TIME
by filling out forms prior to your office visit.
The Doctors and staff are like nothing else you will find in New York City. We are professional and most importantly compassionate to you as a patient. We go above and beyond the standard of care to prove that we not only care for your eyes, but your general well being as well. Again, we have served close to 3 generations of families and will work our hardest to exceed your expectations. By the end of your examination you will have the best spectacle or contact lens prescription for your needs. Our Opticians have a vast knowledge to fit you with the correct frame and recommend the optimal lenses. You will have a thorough understanding of the health of your eyes. The doctors will privately review and discuss results of your examination and manage any conditions you may have.


Why do my eyes hurt or ache after using the computer?

In today’s busy environment, our eyes are used more than ever before. There are more demands placed on the eyes by computers, video games, and PDAs. With over-use of computers or improper placement of the screens, your eyes may feel tired, irritated, and blurry. You may even suffer from headaches or double vision. This occurs because our eyes do not focus the same way while looking at a computer screen as they do while reading a book or magazine. In addition, we tend not to blink nearly as much as we should. These symptoms and others like it make up a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome. For long term work on a computer some solutions include computer glasses, anti-glare screens or a special coating on your glasses. Taking continuous visual breaks can help your symptoms and there are even eye exercises if needed. The doctors here at Metropolitan Vision know what signs and symptoms to look for and we can help improve your visual comfort at work.

Why are my eyes red?

Red eyes can be caused from a variety of conditions. Most commonly red eyes are a sign of infection, dry eye, or allergy.
Eye infections
, or "pink eye" or conjunctivitis, can cause the eyes to appear red. Other signs include tearing, discharge upon awakening, and swollen eyelids or swollen glands in the neck. Eye infections can be caused by bacteria, as most often seen in children. Or they can be caused by a virus, like the common cold. Often an eye infection will coincide with you feeling run-down and tired or being sick at the same time. Eye infections are contagious and can be spread by direct contact. Frequent hand washing and disinfecting shared telephones and keyboards is a good approach to avoiding catching and spreading the conjunctivitis. If you think you have pink eye, see your eye doctor immediately.
Dry Eye
Dry eye is a common condition that is often overlooked and ignored by patients and doctors alike. Yet dry eye can be devastating to a person’s quality of life. Dry eye can cause symptoms of dryness, irritation, grittiness, redness, blurred vision, achy eyes and even headaches. Dry eye can be caused by environmental irritants like dust and wind, or from aging and hormonal changes. Certain medications like anti-histamines and anti-depressants, as well as diseases of the thyroid and diabetes also increase ones risk for dry eye. Most dry eye is not due to a lack of tears, but rather to a poor quality tear film that occurs from inflammation of the lids and glands of the eye. In our office, we treat the cause of the dry eye and don’t just try to hide the symptoms. An innovative treatment plan is specifically designed for each patient suffering from this disease. We are almost always successful in treating patients whose problems have not been alleviated with previous attempts. (Read more on dry eye in our "learning center")
Allergy sufferers
know all too well the feelings of eye itchiness that arise in times of allergy season. Itchy, red, and puffy eyes are commonly seen when affected by allergy. Stringy or ropy discharge is often present. Many patients become intolerant to wearing contact lenses during this time. Seasonal causes including, pollen and ragweed, often occur in the fall and spring. Dust, mold, and pets can be problematic at any time. An allergic reaction in the eye occurs over a series of steps. First, your eyes must be exposed to anything to which you are allergic. Then, histamine is released and the conjunctival blood vessels become swollen. This leads to increased, redness, tearing, and itch. Relief can be attained by avoiding the offending agent, applying cool compresses, or using an oral or topical anti-histamine. Rubbing the eyes causes even more histamine release and will not make you feel better. There are many over-the-counter and prescription treatments for allergy sufferers. Some work better than others. If your eyes are bothering you, it is best to see your eye doctor so that the correct treatment can be initiated. For seasonal allergy sufferers, often a medication can be started a few weeks before allergy season to prevent a flare up of symptoms.

Why do I need to be dilated?

A dilated fundus examination allows the doctor to thoroughly evaluate the structures in the eye, including the macula, optic nerve, and peripheral retina. Without this test, a diagnosis of eye or systemic diseases may be missed. Many vision conditions present without obvious symptoms and you may not realize there is a problem. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases is important for maintaining good vision. To dilate your eyes, a series of one or two eye drops are added to relax the muscles in the iris. The drops temporarily blur your vision and may cause light sensitivity. You can request disposable sunglasses as you leave our office.

Did you know?

  • Diabetes and High Blood Pressure increase risk for vision related disorders, such as Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration
  • Fluctuating vision can be an early sign of diabetes
  • Glaucoma has no symptoms and can affect any age, race, and gender
  • 4 million Americans have glaucoma, and only half know it
  • Glaucoma is the 2nd leading cause of blindness worldwide and the leading cause among African Americans
  • A stye is an infection within a gland of the eye, which can cause local pain and tenderness to the touch
  • The retina contains rods and cones. The rods help us see at night and the cones are important for color vision
  • Ultraviolet light is harmful to the eyes, even on cloudy days
  • Cataracts are the leading cause of reversible blindness world wide
  • Age related macular degeneration is the #1 cause of central vision loss in the US
  • Dark leafy vegetables and brightly colored fruits contain anti-oxidants that help protect the eyes
  • Dry eyes affect women 3x as often as men. Menopause and hormonal changes are directly related
We offer state of the art equipment in our office to help with earlier diagnosis of eye diseases. Vision is more than just 20/20. Many eye conditions can be controlled with earlier detection so that vision loss can be minimized or prevented. Our doctors here at Metropolitan Vision keep up with the current advancements in our field and we offer cutting edge approaches to the management and treatment of eye diseases. Most of the tests we offer are non-invasive and offer results right away.
Here are some things we offer:
GDx Vcc:
Is the state of the art instrumentation in the diagnosis and management of Glaucoma. It uses Laser Polarimetry to accurately measure about 65,000 data points of the Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer (RNFL). This is the layer that gradually becomes damaged in Glaucoma (Link). The test is quick, non-invasive and accurate; that is why the GDx has been an invaluable part of our practice since the year 2000. Through expert training, research, and experience, every doctor here is capable of proper analysis of the GDx data. The doctors have a passion for early detection of Glaucoma using this technology in synergism with computerized Visual Field testing.

Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer:
Is an instrument that maps out your peripheral field of vision or side vision. A visual field can assist in the diagnosis of Glaucoma, neurological conditions (such as strokes and tumors), macular degeneration, and cataracts. In our practice we have incorporated the use of the test to go beyond the normal "standard of care". We analyze data points further out in a person's field of vision to assist in early detection of glaucoma. Our technicians are all professionally trained to administer the examination.

Who should get a Visual Field Test?
  1. Anyone with risk factors for glaucoma
  2. AHeadache sufferers
  3. Complaints of vision loss or poor night vision
  4. Anyone with neurologic conditions

OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography):
is a revolutionary technology that was conceived by scientists at MIT. It uses a completely safe and radiation free, near infra-red light to obtain computerized cross-sections of the retina and retinal nerve fiber. It is like an "MRI" for the eye, allowing us to take "Optical Biopsies". It is used to detect Macular degeneration, Macular edema in Diabetic patients, Retinal holes, Glaucoma, Optic Nerve swelling or atrophy, and floaters. The latest application has been in the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Anterior Segment Imaging:
We have high resolution digital cameras that are custom mounted to all of our specialized microscopes. We use these microscopes to carefully examine the structures of your eyes. The cameras assist in documentation, diagnosis, and patient education. As you know, "a picture is worth a thousand words".

Corneal Topography:
Helps to obtain a detailed topographical map of the cornea. It is used in Laser vision correction, dry eyes, and diagnosis of corneal diseases. We just upgraded our instrument to the latest model which acquires images more efficiently and accurately.

Ophthalmic Ultrasound:
We were one of the first to obtain a portable digital ultrasound. This non-invasive instrument allows us to image the vitreous and the retina. It helps to detect Vitreous degeneration, retinal holes, retinal detachments, and certain optic nerve conditions.

Corneal Specular Microscope:
is a highly specialized instrument to image the endothelial cells of the cornea. This is a single layer of cells that are responsible for the normal metabolism, health, and clarity of the cornea. In high magnification normal cells are hexagonal in shape and are aligned in a neat regular array. With aging, trauma, or corneal disease, this regularity is lost and corneal clarity may be compromised.

Digital Retinal Imaging:
is a high resolution digital SLR camera capable of capturing pictures of the retina. This instrument is used to document diseases of the eye and helps to detect progression by comparing photographs from one year to the next.

Corneal Pachymeter:
Is an ultrasound device that measures the thickness of the cornea. It is used in Laser vision correction, corneal degenerations, and Glaucoma.

Common Vision Disorders

Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • condition where the eyeball is too long, so that light focuses in front of the retina
  • results in blurry distance vision
  • unless severe, rarely interferes with learning
  • corrected with a minus lens
Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
  • condition where the eyeball is too short, so that light focuses behind the retina
  • results in blurry near vision
  • if severe, can also cause blurred distance vision and interfere with learning
  • corrected with a plus lens
Astigmatism
  • condition where an image focuses on 2 different places on the retina
  • results in blurry distance and near vision
  • no matter how the eye is focused, some part of the image stays blurry
Amblyopia (Lazy eye)
  • condition where there is decreased vision in 1 eye that is NOT corrected with glasses or contacts
  • caused by either a high glasses prescription, a large difference between the eyes, or strabismus (eye turn)
  • most commonly associated with hyperopia or astigmatism
  • if caught early, before age 6, proper treatment can be initiated to prevent permanent loss of vision
Amblyopia Treatment
  • Full time use of glasses
  • Patching or covering the good eye to force the use of the weak eye
  • Eye exercises

Binocular Conditions

Strabismus
means eye turn. This can affect one or both eyes. The eyes may turn in, up, out, or down. If there is a constant or full time eye turn, the eye may not develop properly and amblyopia can develop. This means that the eye wont have 20/20 vision, even with the proper glasses or contact lenses. It is important for all school-age children to have routine eye exams because early intervention can prevent permanent vision loss.
Phoria – eye drift.
  • Convergence Insufficiency means that the eyes arent working together while reading. It is a tendency for the eyes to aim farther away than they should. Deficient skills like this very often result in discomfort or redness of the eyes. Headaches, blurred or double vision, and fatigue are also common symptoms. Faulty coordination of the eyes may interfere with ones ability to read comfortably.
  • Convergence Excess is a condition where the two eyes aim closer than they should. This means the eyes are over-focusing while reading and using the computer. Headaches, eyestrain, and blurred distance vision at the end of the day may occur. Reading glasses and taking breaks during near tasks can help.
Accommodative Problems
are a set of conditions where the eyes have trouble relaxing or shifting their focus.
  • Accommodative Skills refer to ones ability to focus clearly on objects as well as to sustain focus for an extended period of time. Deficient accommodation may result in discomfort of the eyes and headaches. Rapid fatigue, difficulty shifting between distance and near objects, and occasional blurring of vision may also occur. This type of focusing ability is required in prolonged reading. Improper accommodation may impact performance on near tasks, like reading and exams.

Vision Therapy

Vision is more than just 20/20. Some vision conditions require more treatment than just glasses and contacts. Common complaints from children and adults include loss of place while reading, blurry or double vision, headaches, and poor concentration. These symptoms can all be improved with vision therapy. We offer in-office and home based vision therapy to our patients in need. Vision therapy is a proven treatment to improve eye coordination, convergence, and accommodation. Crucial to comfortable vision is the ability of both eyes to work together as a team. Specifically, convergence is the ability to cross and uncross ones eyes. Accommodation is the ability to focus on near objects. Vision therapy treatment consists of repetitive exercises which train the brain and eyes to coordinate better together. Eye alignment, eye movements, and the eyes ability to focus on objects can all be enhanced.
It is especially important to diagnose these conditions early since they can have a negative impact on learning and reading skills. To evaluate a patient, a few tests are performed in the office to determine how the two eyes are working together. Sometimes a separate follow up visit is needed to describe the various eye exercises or glasses as needed.

Common Ocular Diseases

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a type of disease that can damage the eye's optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. It is characterized by a loss of retinal ganglion cells, or nerve fibers, which send signals from the eye to the brain. There are different types of glaucoma that can affect the eye. The most common type occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises. This pressure causes mechanical stress on the optic nerve and can lead to permanent vision loss. Unfortunately, in early stages of glaucoma, there are no symptoms, so yearly eye exams are very important for early diagnosis. Approximately, 4 million Americans are affected, and half may not know they have the disease. With early treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.
Who should be checked with glaucoma?
  1. Anyone with a family history of glaucoma
  2. Anyone with diabetes or high blood pressure
  3. All patients over the age of 65 years old
  4. African Americans and Hispanics should be checked after the age of 55 years old, as there is a higher prevalence of glaucoma in these populations
In our office we specialize in early detection of glaucoma. We use advanced technology to analyze the structure and health of the optic nerve. Studies show that if glaucoma is detected and treated early, there is less chance of significant vision loss. We use the most advanced tecnology available combined with innovative methods using current glaucoma diagnostic procedures. This yields a synergistic result allowing for an earlier detection of glaucoma resulting in less damage to the eye over time. Our office may very likely have the largest data base of patients in the world using these specialized methods.
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

AMD is a progressive eye condition that affects central vision and is a leading cause of vision loss in people over 60 years old. Complete or total blindness does not occur because peripheral (side vision) is maintained. There are two types of AMD: dry and wet. The dry form is the most common type and accounts for 85% of all cases. Deposits called drusen are present. The wet form is least common and is the more severe form. Leaky blood vessels and bleeding can occur.
Risk Factors
  • Smoking
  • Ultraviolet Light (Sun)
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Age
  • Females greater than Males
  • Caucasians
  • Poor Diet / Obesity
Treatment
Currently there is no cure, but controlling your risk factors can help limit progression.
  1. Protect eyes from sunlight. Look for sunglasses marked "blocks 99% UV" or "UV absorption up to 400um"
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Eat right and take your vitamins. Anti-oxidants (Vit A,C, E) , Zinc, and Lutein are important
  4. Lose weight and exercise
Cataracts

Cataracts are formed by age related changes that occur to the natural lens in the eye. The lens sits behind the pupil and iris and works like a camera lens by focusing incoming light onto the retina. When we are young, the lens of the eye is completely translucent and light passes easily through it. With advancing age, proteins in the lens get clumped together and cause a clouding or opacification of the lens. This leads to blurry vision, since incoming light can no longer reach the retina as well. Eating a healthy diet, refraining from smoking, and wearing sunglasses can help prevent early onset cataracts. If a cataract starts to interfere with your daily activities, cataract removal surgery is an effective, safe procedure.
Symptoms and Signs
Cataracts grow gradually and at first have little to no effect on your vision. As the cataract grows symptoms include:
  1. Blurred vision
  2. Glare from sun or headlights
  3. Colors appearing dull or dim
  4. Requiring more light to read
Common Causes of Cataracts
  1. Ultraviolet sun exposure
  2. Diabetes
  3. Medications including steroids and certain anti-psychotic drugs
  4. Smoking
  5. Air pollution and certain types of radiation

OFFICE ADDRESS

22 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212.807.0019
Fax: 212.727.2395

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday 8am – 7pm
Tuesday 8am – 8pm
Wednesday 8am – 5pm
Thursday 8am – 7pm
Friday 8am – 5pm
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