When complex vision problems require specialized evaluation and treatment

About us

Queens Eye Associates

Queens Eye Associates was founded by Dr. Ali and Dr. Selenow in 1993 subsequent to the acquisition of a 40-year-old optometric practice at that location. We specialize in primary-care optometry, including ocular disease detection and treatment, contact lenses, spectacle lenses, and laser vision correction. Our skilled and knowledgeable doctors offer 65 years of combined clinical experience. Every aspect of clinical instrumentation and optometric products (frames and contact lenses) represents the state of the art in the field. Our mission at Queens Eye Associates is to provide our patients with a friendly environment and to treat them the way we would like to be treated ourselves. We aspire to blend the newest technologies with established wisdoms in the field. Responsive to our multicultural community, multiple languages are spoken within the office, including Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Our doctors are passionately committed to improving their patients' eye health, while maintaining standards such as integrity, courtesy, and respect.

Manhattan Vision Associates

Manhattan Vision Associates (MVA) was founded by Dr. Arkady Selenow and Dr. Steven Ali in 1984 when they combined their successful private practices to establish a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary approach to eye care. MVA offers vision and eye health exams, medical care of eye diseases, and customized contact lens fittings. We also have excellent optical and contact lens departments.
      The doctors of MVA have gone through rigorous optometric training, and our selection process draws from the best residencies, fellowships, and research programs in the country. Since we have a truly international patient base, we have put together a staff that speaks a total of 11 languages.
      The Institute for Vision Research was founded in 1999. Research studies are conducted for Fortune 100 contact lens, spectacle lens, and pharmaceutical companies.
      Our mission at Manhattan Vision Associates is to provide our patients with the best eye care in a friendly environment. To achieve this, we utilize cutting-edge technology that is constantly updated and bring clinical research understandings and principles to everyday practice. By incorporating the Institute's clinical research findings with the latest in instrumentation and technology, MVA is able to remain at the forefront among optometry practices.

Our doctors and opticians

 

Steven R. Ali, OD
Dr. Ali, a founding partner of Manhattan Vision (1984) and Queens Eye Associates (1991), specializes in primary eye care, contact lens management, treatment of eye diseases, and refractive surgery. Dr. Ali is also the Managing Partner of the Institute for Vision Research, a private research organization involved in the development of optical designs and products for ophthalmic lens, contact lens, and contact lens solution manufacturers.
      Dr. Ali received his doctor of optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry and completed a residency program in pediatric vision at the State University of New York College of Optometry where he was then appointed to a clinical teaching position as assistant professor. He has lectured in the areas of contact lenses and refractive surgery and authored numerous scientific posters and refereed journal articles (see a list of publications). He has frequently served on scientific advisory boards for the contact lens, ophthalmic lens, and laser surgery industries. Dr. Ali is currently a Principal Investigator for Johnson & Johnson and Essilor America. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the New York State Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity.
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Dr. Ali
Arkady Selenow, OD
Dr. Selenow, a founding partner of Manhattan Vision Associates (1984) and Queens Eye Associates (1991), graduated with honors from the New England College of Optometry in 1980. He completed internships at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and The Gessel Institute of Child Development in New Haven Connecticut. After graduation he completed a residency in Pediatric Vision Therapy at SUNY College of Optometry where he has taught aspiring optometrists for over 25 years. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Founding faculty member of the Institute for Vision Research (1991).
      An accomplished researcher, lecturer, and author, Dr. Selenow has co-authored over 40 research papers that have been published and/or presented in prestigious optometric and ophthalmologic journals and scientific conferences (see a list of publications). In addition, he is a co-author of the textbook Amblyopia: Basic and Clinical Aspects. New York: Butterworth, 1991.
      Dr. Selenow, co-director of Manhattan Vision Associates and Queens Eye Associates since 1984, specializes in difficult contact lens cases. He was in the forefront in bringing Lasik to the New York area and has co-managed over 4,000 cases. In addition he is the co-director of The Institute for Vision Research and has been a consultant for many major companies including Vistakon (Johnson & Johnson), Essilor, and Alcon.
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Dr. Selenow
So Hyun (Sarah) Chung, OD
Dr. Chung began her practice of optometry in 2007 after receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry and a B.S. in chemistry from Binghamton University. Dr. Chung has completed an internship in specialty contact lens fittings at SUNY, as well as an internship in ocular disease at the VA at St. Albans. She is a member of the International Optometric Honor Society, Beta Sigma Kappa and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Chung has been certified to fit Paragon CRT lenses to aid in the treatment of myopia. She is also fluent in Korean.
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Dr. Chung
Yoon Kim, OD
Dr. Kim, Director of Clinical Services at Queens Eye Associates, graduated with High Honors from State University of New York College of Optometry in 1997. She was the recipient of the Esther J. Werner Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in 1997, the William Tullo, Sr. Memorial Award in Optics for Outstanding Performance in Optics in 1997, and the Schnurmacher Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement from 1993 to 1997. Dr. Kim completed her post-graduate residency training specializing in Primary Care at Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1998 where she trained both students and faculty on cutting-edge diagnostic techniques and lead grand rounds presentations on very rare and complex clinical cases. Dr. Kim has extensive experience and clinical training in ocular pathology management of glaucoma, cataracts, and corneal and retinal disease, as well as in specialty contact fittings, pediatric eye care, emergency eye care, and pre- and post-surgical management of cataract, corneal, and refractive surgery. She is a member of Beta Sigma Kappa (International Optometric Honors Society), the American Optometric Association, the New York State Optometric Association, and the International Society of Refractive Surgery.
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Dr. Kim
Melissa Lee, OD, MS, FAAO
Dr. Lee received her undergraduate degree as a double major in Biology and East Asian Studies from New York University. She went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry as well as her Masters in Vision Science degrees in 2002 at SUNY - College of Optometry. She completed her residency training in the cornea and specialty contact lenses service at SUNY where she has been an assistant clinical professor since 2003. Dr. Lee is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. She is also a consultant for the NY Eye and Ear Infirmary - Specialty Contact Lens Department where she works with the residents to fit complicated cases, including post-surgical and advanced corneal conditions. Dr. Lee has extensive experience in comprehensive family eye care, including specialized contact lens fittings, surgical co-management, and management/treatment of medical eye conditions. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she is a co-investigator at the Institute for Vision Research.
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Dr. Lee
James Li, OD
Dr. Li received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry. Dr. Li completed his fellowship in cornea and specialty contact lenses at SUNY College of Optometry, where he trained with the faculty at SUNY and with a prominent refractive surgeon practicing in New York City. A member of the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, and New York State Optometric Association, he has also given continuing education lectures to optometrists about fitting specialty contact lenses. In his spare time, he provides eye care to the homeless at the Bowery Mission in New York City and has participated in multiple international mission trips in Oaxaca, Mexico. Dr. Li is also a co-investigator at the Institute for Vision Research.
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Dr. Li
Hanish Patel, OD, FAAO
Dr. Patel is a graduate of Aston University in Birmingham, UK and SUNY College of Optometry in New York City. Dr. Patel went on to complete a residency specializing in Ocular Disease at SUNY College of Optometry where he received extensive training alongside prominent optometrists and ophthalmologists in the areas of primary care, specialty contact lenses, refractive surgery co-management, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, and retinal disease.
       Dr. Patel is an active member of the New York State Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. He has lectured to fellow optometrists and published articles in various optometric publications. Additionally, Dr. Patel has donated his time to international optometric missions, providing eye care in countries such as Peru and Nicaragua. Dr. Patel is also a co-investigator at the Institute for Vision Research.
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Dr. Patel
Lori Rothman, OD
Dr. Rothman received her Doctorate of Optometry in 1987 from the State University of New York College of Optometry where she graduated with honors. She completed an internship at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Northport, N.Y., receiving extensive training in the areas of ocular disease and low vision management. Prior to her current position at Manhattan Vision Associates, Dr. Rothman was in private practice for fifteen years in Westchester, N.Y. where she provided multidisciplinary eye care and contact lens specialty services. This innovative practice became one of the largest single-site contact practices in lower Westchester county. She has also developed expertise in the area of refractive laser surgery as an associate at TLC laser center in Manhattan where she co-managed a large number of LASIK patients. Most recently, Dr. Rothman has accepted the opportunity to organize and lead an independent eye care mission to Rwanda, where she will establish ongoing eye care at a Partners-In-Health (Gates/Clinton Foundation) clinic.
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Dr. Rothman
J. Rocco Robilotto, OD, PhD
Dr. Robilotto is a graduate of the State University of New York, College of Optometry, where he received both his Doctor of Optometry degree and Ph.D. in Vision Science. His area of graduate research focused on the visual perception of lightness constancy and contrast sensitivity. At Manhattan Vision Associates/Institute for Vision Research, Dr. Robilotto is a clinical research scientist where he conducts research and development in a wide range of areas including contact lenses, spectacles, and medical devices. Dr. Robilotto has several articles published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at several professional conferences. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Optometry, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. Dr. Robilotto has led and participated in many international volunteer optometric clinics throughout Central and South America, Asia, and the Middle East.
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Dr. Robilotto
Samantha Slotnick, OD
Dr. Slotnick brings a diverse skill set to Manhattan Vision Associates/Institute for Vision Research. After obtaining her doctorate in Optometry from SUNY College of Optometry, she completed a residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, also at SUNY, along with advanced studies in Vision Science. She brings a functional perspective to the vision research team, with extensive study and clinical work in binocular vision and vision anomalies.
      She is an accomplished lecturer and author, leading seminars and workshops on vision training for patients with Strabismus. With advanced post-graduate clinical and academic work, Dr. Slotnick has attained Fellowship in two Academic organizations: The American Academy of Optometry, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
      Dr. Slotnick sits on the Peer Review Board of Optometry and Vision Development, the quarterly publication of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She is on the organizational board of the Eastern States Optometric Congress, providing an annual educational program dedicated to vision therapy and vision development. She is the co-founder of the Westchester Fairfield Vision Therapy Study Group, supporting area optometrists in vision therapy case management. Dr. Slotnick is also an active member of the New York State Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
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Dr. Slotnick
Wayne Spencer
Wayne Spencer is the Senior Clinical Research Coordinator at Manhattan Vision Associates/Institute for Vision Research in New York. He has coordinated clinical trials for more than 10 years. His clinical trial experience includes coordinating over 150 studies for leaders in the vision care industry. He has been a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) since 2004 and has been a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) since 2007.
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Wayne Spencer
George Zikos, OD
George A. Zikos is a graduate of the State University of New York, College of Optometry where he received his M.S. in Vision Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. Dr. Zikos served as an Instructor and Adjunct Lecturer at SUNY and CUNY respectively. He has presented at many conferences and has published in several refereed journals (see a list of publications). Dr. Zikos is currently a clinical optometrist and a senior research scientist at Manhattan Vision Associates/Institute for Vision Research in New York where he conducts clinical research.
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Dr. Zikos
Ann Kim
Ann Kim is a licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser since 1998 and has more than 18 years of experience in the optical industry. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry and a member of the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners, and the Contact Lens Society of America. She is also certified to fit CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy) lenses.
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Ann Kim
Aislinn Madden
Aislinn Madden has been a licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser and Contact Lens Fitter since 2003 and has worked in the optical industry for more than 20 years. She is a former professor at Interboro Institute for Ophthalmic Dispensing, a Fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry, a member of the American Board of Opticianry, and the National Contact Lens Examiners.
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Aislinn Madden
Merlin Péna
Merlin Péna is a certified optician and has been working for Manhattan Vision Associates since 2006. He graduated from Interboro Institute for Ophthalmic Dispensing and has over 16 years of experience. He has extensive training in lens surface, rimless drilling, edging lenses, and eyewear adjustments.
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Merlin