LINCOLN SQUARE — An ophthalmology practice is opening its doors in the neighborhood Tuesday, offering advanced treatment for severe eye problems.
ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology is opening its first Upper West Side office at 15 W. 65th St., renting an office on the ground floor of the nonprofit Lighthouse Guild International between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.
The practice hopes to draw patients from Lighthouse Guild International, which offers rehabilitation and social services to the visually impaired, said Dr. George A. Cioffi, one of the 21 ophthalmologists with the practice.
Many of the doctors are also professors in the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center and work out of the practice's other three offices, in Washington Heights, Midtown East and Ridgewood, N.J., he said.
"Our existing doctors will be rotating to that location," Cioffi said. "We will have physicians in general ophthalmology, retina, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology and cornea services."
The 2,450-square-foot office will have four exam rooms and will be equipped to serve adults and children, who will have their own separate waiting room, he noted.
The "limited ophthalmological services" in the area will help drive the practice's success, Cioffi said.
The new office will specialize in diagnostics, as well as cutting-edge therapies, said ColumbiaDoctors' Dr. Lee Goldman.
"Vision is a critical part of overall health," he said, "and a comprehensive eye exam can detect early abnormalities even before patients become aware of symptoms."