Dr. Michelle Penshorn
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
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.
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.