James Collins, M.D., F.A.C.S.
James Collins, M.D., the founder and Medical Director of The Center for Eye Care and Optical graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1974 and served his residency in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmologic Surgery here on Long Island at the Nassau University Medical Center.
Dr. Collins was Board Certified in 1978 and is the Editor/Author of Handbook of Clinical Ophthalmology and the Ophthalmic Desk Reference, textbooks for other eye doctors and Your Eyes: An Owner's Guide, a manual for the general public.
Dr. James Collins is a Clinical Instructor at Stonybrook University Medical Center and the U.S. Veterans Affairs Hospital in Northport where he has taught eye surgery to resident doctors in training for many years.
He is an emeritus Adjunct Clinical Assistant Scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, an Affiliate of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the New York State Ophthalmologic Society, The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Collins' current main interests include the diagnosis and management of glaucoma and dry eye disease and Clinical Research and Development involving new ophthalmic devices.
"I derive a great deal of satisfaction from the practice of Ophthalmology. From the day-to-day interactions with my patients to the challenges and rewards of ophthalmic surgery, there is always a deep and abiding sense of accomplishment."
Gregory Persak, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Gregory Persak, M.D. obtained his B.A. from Boston University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He attended Boston University Medical School and completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Persak is a board certified Ophthalmologist with over 30 years experience having performed thousands of cataract and microsurgeries. He is the Medical Director of the Melville Surgery Center and is currently on staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and Southside Hospital.
Dr. Persak is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Dr. Persak is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. The numerous professional societies and organizations that Dr. Persak is a member include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, New York State Ophthalmological Society, Suffolk County Ophthalmological Society, Long Island Ophthalmological Society and the Medical Society of New York.
In addition, Vitals has recognized Dr. Persak by honoring him with the Patient’s Choice Award, On Time Doctor’s Award and the Compassionate Doctor Recognition.
Dr. Persak is a member of the Lions Club and has participated in ophthalmic medical missions in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic providing ophthalmic surgery to the poor and he has been recognized by the president of Ecuador for his service.
"Ophthalmology is the perfect combination of medicine and surgery and the old with the new. Most importantly, it provides me with the satisfaction of making a difference in a person's life. A patient's 'thank you' after a successful eye surgery makes all the years of training worth it."
Jeffrey Willig, M.D.
Dr. Willig is a Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry. He attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he obtained his MD degree with honors. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at NYU and the Manhattan VA hospitals, he completed a Residency in Ophthalmology at Lenox Hill Hospital. He continued his training with a Fellowship in Ocular Immunology and Uveitis (inflammatory diseases of the eye) at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
He is a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and member of the NYS and Long Island Ophthalmologic Societies.
Prior to joining The Center for Eye Care, Dr. Willig was in private practice on Long Island for 25 years. He is the former Director of the Uveitis Service at North Shore–LIJ Health System and the Queens Hospital Center. He has taught there, and received an award for outstanding contributions to Resident Education. He also has had teaching appointments at the Nassau University Medical Center and Hofstra University School of Medicine.
Dr. Willig is currently on the staff of Good Samaritan and Southside Hospitals. He has been named as one of America's Top Ophthalmologist. Along with his considerable experience and expertise, Dr. Willig brings to our Center a sincere care and concern for all of his patients.
"I enjoy coming to work every day at the Center for Eye Care where I work with a dedicated and congenial group of doctors, technicians and support staff to address the needs and concerns of our patients."
Alexander Rabinovich, M.D.
Dr. Alexander Rabinovich is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in surgery of the eyelids, orbit and lacrimal system, as well as facial cosmetic surgery and cosmetic injections of Botox and facial fillers.
Dr. Alexander Rabinovich graduated with honors from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and received his Medical Doctorate degree from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He did his surgical transitional year at Flushing Medical Center and then completed his ophthalmology residency training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospitals in NYC, where he served as a chief resident in his last year of training. He then completed his Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA.
Dr. Alexander Rabinovich is a member of American Academy of Ophthalmology and has presented his clinical research at various ophthalmological meetings. He is also presently involved in resident education at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Matthew Strachovsky, M.D.
Dr. Strachovsky's undergraduate training began in Boston, Massachusetts at Boston University and was completed at Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY. There he graduated Summa Cum Laude, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with special recognition for academic achievement.
He continued his education at Stony Brook School of Medicine and graduated with the additional designate of the "MD with Recognition" program. He worked as an intern in Internal Medicine at Winthrop University Hospital in NY and pursued a residency at Stony Brook University Hospital in Ophthalmology acting as Chief Resident in his final year. He completed his fellowship training in Vitreoretinal disease with a major emphasis on the diagnosis and management of retinal vascular diseases under the direction of Dr. Michael O'Brien at Koch Eye Associates in Rhode Island.
Dr. Strachovsky has presented research at the annual Association for Vision and Research in Ophthalmology meeting and published articles in journals including, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science and The Journal of Neuroophthalmology.
Dr. Strachovsky's professional interests include management of Age Related Macular Degeneration and diabetic eye disease. He is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, Young Ophthalmologist Network, and Leading Physicians of the World.
" I believe that the physician / patient relationship is more important than ever. Being an Ophthalmologist allows me to help patients and build a foundation of trust, knowledge and professionalism when it comes to eye care".
Edward Mohr, M.D.
Dr. Mohr is a board certified ophthalmologist whose undergraduate training began at St. Bonaventure where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. He then went on to graduate with an M.D. from Creighton University. Dr. Mohr interned in general surgery at the Nassau County Medical Center and completed his residency there in Ophthalmology. Prior to joining The Center for Eye Care and Optical, Dr. Mohr ran an Ophthalmology Practice in Amityville, NY.
"Having practiced ophthalmology for many years, my greatest delight comes from daily interaction with my patients. Whether a new patient or the fifth generation of a family, the ability to diagnose, treat and educate is a privilege I will always cherish."
Dr. Ovodenko, is a board-certified Ophthalmologist. He specializes in refractive and advanced cataract surgery with Toric and Multifocal Restor IOLs as well as comprehensive eye care. Dr. Ovodenko graduated Summa Cum Laude in three years from Johns Hopkins University where he earned the distinction of being elected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
He attended the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn where he earned an M.D. degree, after which he completed an internship at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He pursued two years of additional post-residency training with one of the world’s leading cataract surgeons affiliated with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and with an internationally recognized laser vision correction surgeon affiliated with the New York University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ovodenko was the first resident physician in New York to implant Crystalens 5-0 to reduce dependence on glasses. As a Clinical Instructor at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for over five years after his residency, Dr. Ovodenko had dedicated time to training the next generation of eye surgeons by teaching them clinical skills and enhancing their surgical expertise.
"Your vision is my passion."
George Wollman, O.D.
Dr. George Wollman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Fordham University in 1976 and graduated with honors from the New England College of Optometry in 1981.
He has served as Director of Optometry for Mobile Health Services in The Hudson Valley and is currently specializing in advanced contact lens fitting.
In addition to his professional achievements, he also was a contributory author of the Ophthalmic Desk Reference.
Dr. Wollman brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to the staff of The Center for Eye Care and Optical.
"Patients now have more options for their vision correction. As part of a team that can provide all forms of correction from eyeglasses to contact lenses to eye surgery, my goal is to fully explain all options in terms that a patient can easily understand. As a result, anxiety is reduced and visual comfort is improved."
Todd Lustig, O.D.
Dr. Todd H. Lustig received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Emory University in 1991. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry in 1995.
Dr. Lustig served his externship at the VA Hospital in Northport, Long Island, NY. Dr. Lustig is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Nassau County Optometric Association.
He is Board Certified to use all diagnostic and therapeutic agents to diagnose and treat eye problems, including eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye medications. Through these methods, he is able to offer his patients complete eye care.
"Being an Optometrist allows me to be the gatekeeper of my patients' eye health. I enjoy being able to treat different kinds of patients, from young children to our senior citizens-each a unique experience."
Mitali Sanghani, O.D.
Dr. Mitali Sanghani graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology in 2011 after studying abroad in Rome, Paris and Dublin. Continuing on to earn her Doctor of Optometry from the State University of New York College of Optometry in 2014. She then served as a resident at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center specializing in low vision, vision rehabilitation and ocular disease in Northport, NY.
Dr. Sanghani is distinguished among her colleagues and has held many leadership positions throughout her schooling, including Class Council President. She was the recipient of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society Award for her outstanding contribution in leadership and service in the Optometric profession in 2013. Dr. Sanghani remains active in the Optometric community and is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, New York State Optometric Association and the National Association of Veteran Affairs Optometrists.
“I love having the ability to make a difference in people's lives by giving them the most optimal experience to view this world. I take great pride in listening to my patients and answering their questions.”
Silgi Varghese, O.D
Dr. Silgi Varghese graduated from University of Albany with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2004. Then she proceeded to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree at State University of New York College of Optometry in 2008. She completed her internship at SUNY Optometry, Keller Army Hospital, and Hudson Valley Veterans Affairs. Dr. Varghese completed her residency training at Hudson Valley Veterans Affairs specializing in ocular disease and primary care.
During her schooling, Dr. Varghese did missions work to serve the poor and underprivileged with free eye exams and glasses in Mexico and NYC. Dr. Varghese is board certified and TPA certified to treat and manage eye conditions. Dr. Varghese has given lectures to local NY and NJ optometric communities. She has also done poster presentations at the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Varghese is a proud member of the American Optometric Association. “I love helping people and care about all my patients. The gift of sight is such a blessing to have and I am happy to help people take care of their eyes."
Dr. Varghese graduated from University of Albany with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2004. Then she proceeded to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree at State University of New York College of Optometry in 2008. She completed her internship at SUNY Optometry, Keller Army Hospital, and Hudson Valley Veterans Affairs. Dr. Varghese completed her residency training at Hudson Valley Veterans Affairs specializing in ocular disease and primary care. During her schooling, Dr. Varghese did missions work to serve the poor and underprivileged with free eye exams and glasses in Mexico and NYC. Dr. Varghese is board certified and TPA certified to treat and manage eye conditions. Dr. Varghese has given lectures to local NY and NJ Optometric communities. She has also done poster presentations at the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Varghese is a proud member of the American Optometric Association.
“I love helping people and care about all my patients. The gift of sight is such a blessing to have and I am happy to help people take care of their eyes."