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

Dr. Steven W. Stetson, MD — Medical Director


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 per­form 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. Amy Stein, Director of Optometry 


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


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.

Dr. Theresa L. Bacaris, O.D.


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


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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