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Located in Midtown Manhattan
43rd St. between 5th and 6th Ave.

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Our Eye Doctors at Sight Improvement Center will meet with you to evaluate your vision and lifestyle needs thoroughly. After a comprehensive eye exam, we’ll work together with you in our New York City Eye Care clinic, to figure out the best strategies and low vision equipment for your personal requirements. We’ll introduce you to a whole range of practical low vision devices that will help restore your ability to see and do the things you love.

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Call Us - 646-846-7741

You New York City Low Vision Doctor –
Dr. Charles Hollander

Low Vision Specialist in New York, Dr. HollanderDr. Charles Hollander is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and is certified by the New York State Optometric Association to provide low vision services. Dr. Hollander is licensed in the therapeutic treatment of glaucoma and external eye diseases in the State of New York.

He has lectured extensively in the area of low vision rehabilitation and co authored a chapter in the text book “The Essentials of Low Vision Care”.

Dr. Hollander currently is the optometric consultant at the New York Institute for Special Education.

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Experiencing any of these Low Vision symptoms?

Sensitivity to light | Loss of peripheral vision | Unusual spots or floaters | Blurred vision

Night blindness or a need for more light than before | Difficulty reading

Rehab after vision loss | Macular degeneration | Glaucoma

We can help! Read below to see how.

All of the staff, from the front desk to the MD, were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. While I was waiting, I was taken to the back to look at glasses to save time. I actually had fun at this office because the staff took an interest in my choice and...
- Betsy H. Manhattan, NY

I've been going here for at least 15 years, and enjoy healthy eyes due to the excellent and thorough care I receive from Dr. Hollander. I appreciate the state of the art technology in the diagnostic tools that Dr. Hollander utilizes, and how he explains everything in plain English. Then...
- Marina S. Manhattan, NY

Great folks here, very friendly and ON TIME!!!!  Doctor was very good, nice bedside manner.  Front desk help was efficient and friendly.  The glasses crew was great to work with.  A+ for this place....
- Gilbert B. New York, NY

I found Sight Improvement Center through Yelp and it lived up to the hype! I saw Dr. Thomas and I love her positive energy, her thorough approach, and clear explanations. I came in for a vision test but one of my eyes was red and irritated. She saw that I...
- Meha V. New York, NY

They are really fantastic here. I see Dr. Jurman, and she is very helpful and thorough, even if I am the one being forgetful (which it usually is). They go through your insurance plan to look for what the best deals are for you, and are always very helpful. I...
- Andrew A. Brooklyn, NY

If you are looking for a professional, proficient and friendly eye doctor I highly recommend Dr. Hollander and team at the Sight Improvement Center on East 43rd St., NYC.  It's always a pleasant and expert eye care experience. Check them out the next time you need a vision check, new...
- Madeline T. Manhattan, NY

Dr. Hollander runs a very efficient operation at the Sight Improvement Center. I'm always seen quickly and on time, which allows me to visit during my lunch break and not skip a beat. Doctor Hollander is very helpful and knowledgeable and gets me what I need when I need it,...
- Brendan R. New York, NY

Dr. Hollander is absolutely spectacular.  I have a rare condition that often manifests itself with eye problems; and he took extra time to not only ask me questions about it, but took solid notes.  I even directed him to clinical research papers on it, which he was curious about.  Great...
- J R. Long Island City, NY

I've been seeing Dr. Thomas for years and am thankful for this office! Convenient location, takes every form of insurance I've ever had, and nice staff. I recently had a follow-up visit on my contact lenses. I had them for a year and the fit was great, the prescription right,...
- S. S. Manhattan, NY

5 stars for sight improvement center, I don't have to shop for another eye doctor and eyeglass store!I have tried 2 other places (one had a free eye exam, but a pair of basic eyeglasses with the seriously cheap frames would cost me $150 even with my great insurance; other...
- Jainnielyn C. Queens, NY


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What is Low Vision?

Living With Low Vision

Low Vision Aids

blurry night drivingLow vision is where you have done traditional corrective vision methods such as glasses, contacts, medication or Lasik and are still unable to perform the daily tasks that you desire. You have difficulty with driving, watching TV, writing, recognizing faces or reading the paper. Through our various techniques, medications, aids and adjustments to daily life, you can return to many of your daily activities.

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There is always a level of shock when you learn that your vision cannot be corrected. Robbed of your ability to perform daily tasks, you feel hopeless, having trouble with balance and depressed. If that is is the case, we encourage you to seek treatment and counseling. There are ways to cope with these issues. Through the many options of vision aids and rehabilitation, you can return doing many daily functions you did before.

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Low vision does not mean you need to give up on daily activities. Through aids such as magnifiers and telescopes you can still maximize your remaining eyesight. There are also various devices that allow you to listen to audiobooks or have your smartphone speak to you. Techniques involve increasing light, reducing glare, and allowing more contrast. See out page on low vision aids for more details.

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Bioptics/Telescopic Lenses

CentraSight/Implantable Miniature Telescope

Driving With Low Vision

Screen Shot 2017 09 26 at 9.43.17 PMSpecial binocular type instruments can be placed on the glasses to help make out small objects such as street signs, traffic lights, and facial expressions. By placing binoculars on the lenses, it allows these objects to appear closer and become more visible. There are a lot of options on the market, ranging from the E-Scoop glasses to bioptic telescopes. Contact us today to find the best lenses for your needs.

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CentraSight, a tiny device implanted onto one eye to help those with central vision loss from end-stage AMD. The telescope will project images around you onto the healthy, non-degenerated portion of your eye. The other eye will then help with peripheral vision. This telescopic device is only available to those who haven’t had cataract surgery and are of a certain age. Give us a call to discuss if you meet the other various requirements for implementation of this exciting opportunity.

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The inability to drive can be a major issue of Low Vision. Not being able to make out street signs and traffic lights puts the driver at risk. Bioptics and telescopic glasses can be used to magnify these objects, returning your ability to drive so you can see the grandkids, run your errands, and feel independent again. In New York, the law is that those with up to 20/100 vision can drive with glasses or contacts. With telescopic lenses, we can help you see at 20/40 vision, allowing you to drive again!

Age Related Macular Degeneration

Diabetic Retinopathy

Juvenile Macular Degeneration

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The leading cause of vision loss for Americans over the age of 50. You will experience difficulty seeing out of the center of your eye. Broken down into wet and dry AMD, items will be blurry or you will have difficulty seeing in a dim light. Treatments to slow down the progression and improve your lifestyle include specialty lenses, aids, injections, laser therapy, and an implantable miniature telescope from CentraSight.

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Those suffering from Diabetes can lead to blindness with extreme low vision issues. Many of the effects are not felt until it is too late. This means it is important to have regular eye exam to detect any issues. Symptoms may include eye floaters, blurred vision, dark spots, flashing lights, and halos by lights. Treatments, depending on stage of development, range from low vision aids, drugs, laser correction, and surgery.

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Though there is no cure, vision aids and other treatment can help the patient maintain an active lifestyle. Where as AMD is a condition that develops with age, JMD is a result of genetics that affects children and young adults. This too affects central vision and can be broken down into three categories: Stargardts, Best Disease, and Juvenile Retinoschisis. See our full page to find out more details

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The “sneak thief of sight”, this lifelong condition has no early symptoms of pain. That is why it is extremely important to have a regular eye exam to detect any warning signs. Various treatments such as drugs or surgery can be done to prevent further vision loss.

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This is the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and affecting over half of those over 80. Your vision will become cloudy, blurred or dim. Special lenses or aids can help with the loss and ultimately, surgery can be a strong option should vision loss worsen. Contact your Eye Doctor today for treatment.

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  • Low vision is the term used to describe reduced eyesight that cannot be fully corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or eye surgery. The primary causes of low vision are eye diseases, but low vision also can be inherited or caused by an eye or brain injury.

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