Eye Care on 5th Avenue
I am pleased to welcome you to my office which is conveniently located in the heart of Greenwich Village and I would be delighted to have you as a patient. If you're looking for high quality eye care with a personal touch, you do not need to look further.
The goal of my team is to make your visit convenient, personal and professional. Combining technological expertise with superior customer service, our biggest commitment is not just in meeting your expectations, but in exceeding them.
We treat each patient with the care that they deserve and strive to extend the concern beyond the scope of ophthalmology. Doing otherwise would be practicing something else than medicine.
If you're a current patient, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to fulfill your eye care needs. If you're a new visitor, my team looks forward to meeting you and exploring the various options available for correcting or enhancing your vision.
Natalia Potapova, MD
Cataract Surgery (Phacoemulsiphication)
You can expect worry-free cataract surgery at Eye Care on 5th, performed by top Manhattan eye doctors in our friendly and state of the art Greenwich Village office at 25 Fifth Ave #1A. During cataract surgery the eye’s natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens (Intraocular Lens Implant or IOL). The plastic artificial lens used in cataract surgery is permanent, requires no care, and can significantly improve your vision. Newer artificial lens options include those that simulate the natural focusing ability of a young lens, allowing for distance as well as for some near vision.
Usually, cataract surgery at Eye Care on 5th is an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. In most cases it requires only local anesthesia. If you need to have cataract surgery in both eyes, your procedure will be scheduled as two separate surgeries allowing time for the first eye to heal before the second eye surgery takes place. The doctors at Eye Care on 5th are available to answer any and all questions about your cataract surgery at (917) 639 – 3459. Our top priority is not only your successful outcome, but also your comfort and peace of mind before, during and after cataract surgery.
Laser Treatment of the Retina
Your Eye Care on 5th Ophthalmologists are experts at laser corrective technique. This intense beam of light can be precisely focused to treat certain diseases of the retina with instantaneous and successful results. Preserve your current level of vision and prevent further loss of vision with this save and effective treatment at our 25 5th Ave, #1A office.
The retina is a light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye that covers most of its interior surface. It is here where the images that you see are formed.
The two most common types of retinal disease that are treated with lasers are:
Laser Surgery for Glaucoma (Laser Iridotomy)
Laser Iridotomy is a surgical eye treatment which is done in our Manhattan offices to treat angle closure glaucoma, a condition of increased pressure in the anterior chamber (front chamber) caused by acute (sudden) or chronic (slowly progressive) blockage of the normal circulation of fluid inside the eye. The block occurs at the angle of the anterior chamber that is formed by the junction of the cornea with the iris, which causes the intraocular pressure to build up. Laser Iridotomy at Eye Care on 5th is a highly effective procedure for treating most types of angle closure or narrow angle glaucoma.
This state of the art treatment is also performed prophylactically (preventively) on asymptomatic patients with narrow angles, and those with pigment dispersion. Individuals with a narrow angle usually have a higher risk of an acute angle closure, especially upon dilation of the eye. Pigment dispersion is a condition in which the iris pigment is shed and is dispersed throughout the anterior part of the eye. If the dispersion occurs because of bowing of the iris (the case in 60% of patients with pigment dispersion) a laser iridotomy at Eye Care on 5th will decrease the bowing or concavity of the iris and subsequent pigment dispersion. That decreases the risk of developing pigmentary glaucoma, - a condition when the dispersed pigment may clog the trabecular meshwork.
Removal of Eyelid Lesions
Eyelid lesions (eyelid lumps and bumps) are very common, and the experienced ophthalmologists at Eye care on 5th treat them on an almost daily basis. An eyelid lesion sometimes forms a small eyelid mass, or eyelid tumor. For optimal diagnosis and treatment, removal and biopsy by your Manhattan ophthalmologist is usually required and can be done in our office at 25 5th Ave, #1A.
There are five main types of benign tumors:
- benign epithelial tumors
- adnexal and cystic tumors
- pigmented lesions
- pre-cancerous epithelial tumors
BOTOX® was discovered and developed by an ophthalmologist almost thirty years ago. At Eye Care on 5th, your premiere Manhattan eye doctors have been safely using BOTOX® for medical purposes for many years, treating benign essential blepharospasm (a condition characterized by abnormal blinking or spasms of the eyelids) as well as crossed eyes.
As you likely know, a greatly beneficial cosmetic effect was noticed during the BOTOX® treatment of these medical conditions, due to relaxation of the muscles of the face and the ones surrounding the eyes. Since this effect was noted BOTOX® has become a predictable and safe procedure for softening and removing wrinkles and creases of areas of the face without restricting important facial movements or the positive range of human expression.
Trust your New York ophthalmologists at Eye Care on 5th to use the newest and most safe and effective surgical techniques. Pterygium surgery involves the removal of abnormal tissue from the sclera and cornea of the eye. Modern pterygium techniques, perfected by the team at Eye Care on 5th, yield a significantly higher success rate than conventional surgery. In traditional “bare sclera” pterygium removal, the underlying white of the eye is left exposed. Healing occurs over 2-4 weeks with mild to moderate discomfort.
This conventional “bare sclera” pterygium surgery is accompanied by a high rate of re-growth, and occasionally the pterygium grows back larger than its original size. The state of the art caliber procedures utilized at our New York City practice lessen the probability of pterygium recurrence. With careful and safe used of radiation treatment or “antimetabolite” chemicals, re-growth of abnormal tissue can be prevented.
Testing for circulation of the retina and choroid
Fluorescein angiography (IVFA) or fluorescent angiography is another specialized eye test offered by your top notch opthalmologists at Eye Care on 5th , and is an essential tool in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal disorders. This portion of your comprehensive eye exam at our 25 5th Ave, #1A facility, uses a fluorescent technique and specialized camera for examining the circulation of the retina and choroid - the two layers in the back of the eye.
Fluorescein Angiography Procedure
It is advisable to make arrangements for someone to drive you home. As always, just ask your personalized eye care professionals if you need assistance arranging for transportation to and from our Greenwich Village offices. During this test, you will be given eye drops that make your pupils dilate. Then, with your head supported and stabilized by the chin rest and forehead support of our specialized camera, the best possible images will be taken. Our specialist will first take a set of photos of the inside of your eye. Then, after a harmless dye (fluorescein) has been injected into a vein, another set of photos will be taken.