Diamond Vision’s award-winning LASIK surgeons are highly qualified and experienced.

Dr. Steven W. Stetson, MD — Medical Director

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Pri­or to join­ing Dia­mond Vision and becom­ing one of the most acclaimed LASIK sur­geons, Dr. Stet­son was Chief of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy and Med­ical Direc­tor of the Air Force’s pres­ti­gious Air Force Acad­e­my Laser Eye Clin­ic. Under his guid­ance, the Air Force Acad­e­my Laser Eye Clin­ic achieved the best surgery results among the USAF’s six cen­ters and Dr. Stet­son was offi­cial­ly rec­og­nized for supe­ri­or cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion. Dr Stet­son was cho­sen to per­form the very first Lasik pro­ce­dure on a US Air Force active duty mem­ber, the four star gen­er­al in charge of US Space Com­mand! Dr Stetson’s work, as a vision doc­tor, with the gen­er­al was instru­men­tal to chang­ing Air Force reg­u­la­tions to allow Lasik sur­geons to per­formed pro­ce­dures on USAF active duty per­son­nel.

Born in Con­necti­cut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stet­son grad­u­at­ed Cum Laude from Col­gate Uni­ver­si­ty in New York, and then earned an MD degree with hon­ors at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ver­mont Col­lege of Med­i­cine. He dis­tin­guished him­self again in res­i­den­cy at the Albany Med­ical Cen­ter, where he obtained the high­est per­centile in the Oph­thal­mol­o­gy Knowl­edge Assess­ment Exam­i­na­tions.

Dr. Stet­son has per­formed more than 50,000 refrac­tive surg­eries and has been on LASIK sur­geons staff at Dia­mond Vision since 2004, before becom­ing Med­ical Direc­tor in 2006.

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Dr. Aleksandrovich, MD

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Dr. Leon Alek­san­drovich, MD spe­cial­izes in laser refrac­tive surgery, includ­ing LASIK, PRK, and Intralase and iLASIK. Dur­ing his 5 years with Dia­mond Vision as an eye doc­tor, Dr. Alek­san­drovich has per­formed over 10,000 suc­cess­ful surg­eries mak­ing him one of the most renowned LASIK sur­geons.

After grad­u­at­ing from New York Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Psy­chol­o­gy and Rus­sian lit­er­a­ture, Dr. Alek­san­drovich com­plet­ed his med­ical train­ing at Tem­ple Uni­ver­si­ty School of Med­i­cine in Philadel­phia PA. While there, he was induct­ed into the Alpha Omega Alpha hon­ors soci­ety and received an over­all grade of Out­stand­ing Stu­dent. He com­plet­ed his oph­thalmic surgery train­ing for vision doc­tors at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt/Columbia Pres­by­te­ri­an Hos­pi­tals in New York City, where he was a Chief Res­i­dent dur­ing his final year.

Dr. Alek­san­drovich is a respect­ed teach­ing atten­dee and men­tor at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hos­pi­tal, where he trains advanced oph­thal­mol­o­gy res­i­dents to become skill­ful vision doc­tors.

Dr. Alek­san­drovich is a mem­ber of select­ed pro­fes­sion­al soci­eties such as the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy and the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Cataract and Refrac­tive Surgery, allow­ing him to share his knowl­edge and con­tin­u­al­ly per­fect his sur­gi­cal and clin­i­cal acu­men.

Dr. Eileen Conti, MD

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Dr. Con­ti is a board-cer­ti­fied oph­thal­mol­o­gist, who is fel­low­ship trained in refrac­tive surgery, includ­ing Laser Vision Cor­rec­tion (LASIK and PRK), corneal trans­plan­ta­tion, and cataract surgery. She has been per­form­ing Laser Vision Cor­rec­tion for over ten years. She is one of the most expe­ri­enced LASIK sur­geons and she is also expe­ri­enced in many refrac­tive pro­ce­dures includ­ing, IntraLASIK, PRK, AK, and near-vision CK.

After attend­ing the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia for her under­grad­u­ate school­ing and  receiv­ing her Mas­ters Degree in Phys­i­ol­o­gy from Hah­ne­mann Uni­ver­si­ty in Philadel­phia, PA, she earned her med­ical doc­tor degree from Jef­fer­son Med­ical Col­lege also in Philadel­phia. She then com­plet­ed her oph­thal­mol­o­gy res­i­den­cy at St. Fran­cis Med­ical Center/Allegheny Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal in Pitts­burgh, PA where she was Chief Res­i­dent dur­ing her final year of res­i­den­cy. Her corneal and refrac­tive surgery fel­low­ship was done at Oph­thalmic Con­sul­tants of Boston/New Eng­land Med­ical Cen­ter in Boston, Mass. with inter­na­tion­al­ly-known refrac­tive sur­geons.

Dr. Con­ti is an author of numer­ous arti­cles in such well-known pub­li­ca­tions as Archives of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy, Penn­syl­va­nia Med­i­cine, and Neu­rophar­ma­col­o­gy. She has pre­sent­ed sev­er­al research projects at the annu­al Asso­ci­a­tion for Research in Vision and Oph­thal­mol­o­gy (ARVO) meet­ings and per­formed research at the famous Will’s Eye Hos­pi­tal in Philadel­phia. She is a fel­low of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy and a mem­ber of the New Jer­sey Acad­e­my of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy.

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Dr. Amy Stein, Director of Optometry 

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Dr. Amy Stein grad­u­at­ed from SUNY Col­lege of Optom­e­try. She interned at OMNI Miami where she trained with promi­nent vision doc­tors and corneal sur­geons and gained exten­sive expe­ri­ence in refrac­tive surgery. After receiv­ing her degree, Dr. Stein worked in var­i­ous modal­i­ties of Optom­e­try before join­ing Dia­mond Vision’s team of eye doc­tors 10 years ago. She is cur­rent­ly the Direc­tor of Optom­e­try, respon­si­ble for over­see­ing all opto­met­ric aspects of care in our 6 offices. She is also involved in the Optom­e­try co-man­age­ment pro­gram and con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion sem­i­nars.

 Dr. Dara Shalom

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Dr. Shalom grad­u­at­ed with hon­ors from the New Eng­land Col­lege of Optom­e­try in 2002. She gained exten­sive train­ing and expe­ri­ence from pro­fes­sion­al eye doc­tors in ocu­lar dis­ease while intern­ing at OMNI Eye Ser­vices. Upon com­plet­ing her extern­ships, Dr. Shalom pro­vid­ed ser­vices in var­i­ous opti­cal bou­tiques. Dur­ing that time, she worked alongside var­i­ous vision doc­tors and a pre­mier Man­hat­tan corneal spe­cial­ist, where she per­formed pre- and post-oper­a­tive exam­i­na­tions to patients who had under­gone laser vision cor­rec­tion. After sev­er­al years of prac­tice, Dr. Shalom decid­ed to focus her career on refrac­tive surgery. She joined the staff of Dia­mond Vision in Decem­ber 2006.

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Dr. Michelle Penshorn

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Dr. Michelle Pen­shorn grad­u­at­ed with hon­ors from SUNY Optom­e­try in 2010. While at SUNY she had extern­ships at the Brook­lyn VA where she had exten­sive expe­ri­ence with ocu­lar dis­eases, and at the SUNY Spe­cial­ty Con­tact Lens Unit where she focused on diag­nos­ing and treat­ing corneal patholo­gies. She has been with the Dia­mond Vision team of eye doc­tors since 2011.

Dr. Edward Beja

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Dr. Edward Beja, Opto­met­ric Physi­cian, grad­u­at­ed from Penn­syl­va­nia Col­lege of Optom­e­try. He interned at The Eye Insti­tute where he gained exten­sive expe­ri­ence in ocu­lar and reti­nal dis­ease. He was hon­ored at The Eye Insti­tute as Chief Intern. Dr. Beja has been in pri­vate prac­tice since 1991 and has co-man­aged thou­sands of refrac­tive surgery patients. He has been an Opto­met­ric Con­sul­tant involved in many facets of med­ical prac­tices includ­ing con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion sem­i­nars. He is cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of sev­er­al Opto­met­ric orga­ni­za­tions includ­ing the Amer­i­can Opto­met­ric Asso­ci­a­tion, New Jer­sey Soci­ety of Opto­met­ric Physi­cians and The Bergen Pas­saic Soci­ety of Opto­met­ric Physi­cians. Dr. Beja joined our Staff at Dia­mond Vision team of eye doc­tors in 2001 where he con­tin­ues to bring his knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence to our patient’s care.

Dr. Theresa L. Bacaris, O.D.

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Dr. Bacaris earned her Doc­tor of Optom­e­try (OD) degree from The New Eng­land Col­lege of Optom­e­try in 1987, Bach­e­lor of Science(BS) degree from Queens Col­lege in 1983, and an Asso­ciate in Applied Sciences(AAS) degree in Oph­thalmic Dis­pens­ing from NYC Tech­ni­cal Col­lege in 1981. She is cer­ti­fied to diag­nose and treat dis­eases of the eyes, as well as per­form com­pre­hen­sive eye exam­i­na­tions, fit­ting of con­tact lens­es and eye­wear dis­pens­ing. Dr. Bacaris has been serv­ing the Long Island com­mu­ni­ty for 28 years as a car­ing fam­i­ly ori­ent­ed optometrist.

Dr. Andrew P. Schwartz, MD

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Dr. Andrew P. Schwartz is a board cer­ti­fied diplo­mate of the Amer­i­can Board of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy and a fel­low of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy. Dr. Schwartz is con­sis­tent­ly ranked among the top oph­thal­mol­o­gists in the coun­try in such pub­li­ca­tions as New York Times Mag­a­zine Super Doc­tors and America’s Top Doc­tors, and is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Cataract and Refrac­tive Surgery, the Inter­na­tion­al Soci­ety of Refrac­tive Surgery and the Alpha Omega Alpha hon­or med­ical soci­ety. Dr. Schwartz is a mem­ber of the board at the Man­hat­tan Surgery Cen­ter, a large mul­ti­spe­cial­ty ambu­la­to­ry surgery cen­ter where he per­forms the major­i­ty of his cataract surg­eries. As a clin­i­cal instruc­tor at The Mount Sinai School of Med­i­cine and Elmhurst Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal, he teach­es and lec­tures in med­ical and sur­gi­cal oph­thal­mol­o­gy to med­ical stu­dents and res­i­dents. He has been award­ed the high­est teach­ing hon­or award­ed to oph­thal­mol­o­gy fac­ul­ty by the res­i­dents at the Mount Sinai Hos­pi­tal. He has also trav­eled inter­na­tion­al­ly to teach cataract and refrac­tive surgery to physi­cians abroad.

Dr. Schwartz received his Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence degree cum laude from Tufts Uni­ver­si­ty before spend­ing a year con­duct­ing treat­ment effi­ca­cy research at the McLean Hos­pi­tal of Har­vard Med­ical School. Dr. Schwartz sub­se­quent­ly received his med­ical degree from Loy­ola Uni­ver­si­ty Chicago Stritch School of Med­i­cine, where he grad­u­at­ed at the top of his class and was an Alban Schol­ars Grant recip­i­ent. After com­plet­ing his med­ical intern­ship at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois’ Mason­ic Hos­pi­tal, he fin­ished his res­i­den­cy in oph­thal­mol­o­gy at The Mount Sinai Med­ical Cen­ter in New York, serv­ing as chief res­i­dent his last year. He has com­plet­ed addi­tion­al train­ing in laser refrac­tive surgery and advanced vision cor­rec­tion with nation­al and inter­na­tion­al thought lead­ers in the field of refrac­tive surgery.

Dri­ven by a strong inter­est in research, Dr. Schwartz has pub­lished sev­er­al peer-reviewed arti­cles and book chap­ters in the field of oph­thal­mol­o­gy and refrac­tive surgery. His research on intrastro­mal corneal rings received the Investigator’s Award at the Con­tact Lens and Eye­care Sym­po­sium, and was select­ed as an “emerg­ing trend and hot top­ic” at the Annu­al Sym­po­sium of the Asso­ci­a­tion for Research in Oph­thal­mol­o­gy and Visu­al Sci­ences (ARVO). Some of his areas of inter­est include corneal ring seg­ments (INTACS) for ker­a­to­conus and post-LASIK ectasia, intraoc­u­lar lens Implan­ta­tion and ble­phar­i­tis.

Dr. Schwartz is an expert in laser assist­ed cataract surgery or FLACE (Fem­tosec­ond Laser Assist­ed Cataract Extrac­tion). One of the very first oper­a­tors of this cut­ting-edge tech­nol­o­gy In Man­hat­tan, he uti­lizes the Catalys®  Pre­ci­sion Laser Sys­tem at his state of the art ambu­la­to­ry surgery cen­ter, The Man­hat­tan Surgery Cen­ter.  Affil­i­at­ed with the Mount Sinai Med­ical Cen­ter, his cen­ter was the first hos­pi­tal-affil­i­at­ed surgery cen­ter to have this tech­nol­o­gy in Man­hat­tan. He cur­rent­ly per­forms more than half of his cataract pro­ce­dures using this advanced tech­nol­o­gy. A high­ly expe­ri­enced laser eye sur­geon, Dr. Schwartz has been using var­i­ous lasers in eye surgery for the past 11 years. He fre­quent­ly serves as an advi­sor and instruc­tor to oth­er respect­ed eye sur­geons incor­po­rat­ing this tech­nol­o­gy into their prac­tices.

Dr. Schwartz’s prac­tice focus is on advanced cataract, ante­ri­or seg­ment, LASIK, Intralase blade­less LASIK, PRK, PTK, ocu­lar sur­face recon­struc­tion, and ptery­gium exci­sion as well as com­pre­hen­sive adult and pedi­atric oph­thal­mol­o­gy and  med­ical and sur­gi­cal man­age­ment of glau­co­ma. He also has exten­sive expe­ri­ence deal­ing with sev­ere ocu­lar trau­ma. Among the first sur­geons in Man­hat­tan cer­ti­fied to implant the lat­est mul­ti­fo­cal and toric intraoc­u­lar lens­es for cor­rec­tion of astig­ma­tism, Dr. Schwartz works on the cut­ting edge of refrac­tive lens exchange and lens-based refrac­tive surgery, and is  cer­ti­fied on the VISX S4 Cus­tomvue Laser Sys­tem and Intralase fem­tosec­ond laser for refrac­tive surgery.

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