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Leaders in Diagnosing and Treating Retinal Diseases

The ophthalmologists and retina specialists at Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York are internationally known leaders in diagnosing and treating retinal diseases.

VRMNY retina doctors have trained and taught at some of the world’s finest and most respected academic institutions. The physicians who comprise the best retina specialists in New York are experts in vitrectomy surgery and hold academic appointments at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York University, and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Our award-winning ophthalmologists in New York City specialize in treating all medical and surgical retinal conditions, emphasizing macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, the two leading causes of retinal vision loss.

With state-of-the-art New York ophthalmology centers, VRMNY is the largest retina vitreous center in the New York Metropolitan area.

Our New York ophthalmologists and eye doctors publish more in the foremost peer-reviewed journals than any other private or academic group in the United States. The eye care practice devotes time and resources to researching and developing new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Many current concepts in diagnostics and treatment of retinal disease recognized worldwide were invented at VRMNY retina centers.

The over 60-members staff offers a comprehensive range of educational, medical, and surgical services. The staff provides compassionate and empowering care with a focus on patient education.

About us

Our award-winning ophthalmologists

Our internationally-renowned ophthalmologists and retina specialists have trained and taught at some of the finest and most respected academic institutions in the world. As leading eye doctors and the best-rated retina specialists, they have devoted their time and resources to research and the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. This exceptional and unique expertise, joined with their attentive, empathetic concern and careful approach means that even expert ophthalmologists turn to VRMNY retina doctors first when they or their families need care.

Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD

Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD

Dr. Yannuzzi is the founder of VRMNY retina centers in New York as well as vice-chairman and director of the LuEsther T. Mertz Retinal Research Center of the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital. He is also founder and president of The Macula Foundation, Inc., which has distributed several million dollars to eye research across the country.

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Yale L. Fisher, MD

Yale L. Fisher, MD

Dr. Fisher is a clinical ophthalmologist specializing in vitreoretinal diseases. Dr. Fisher’s career is noteworthy in the areas of patient care, teaching, and research. He is the author of several textbooks in the field of vitreoretinal diseases and ultrasonography.

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Jason S. Slakter, MD

Jason S. Slakter, MD

Jason S. Slakter, M.D. is a board certified retinal and macular disease specialist, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine, and partner at Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York.

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Richard F. Spaide, MD

Richard F. Spaide, MD

Dr. Spaide specializes in diseases of the retina and vitreous. His particular interests include retinal surgery, macular degeneration, macular holes, macular pucker, diabetic retinopathy, and intraocular inflammation. He has published more than 300 articles and 50 book chapters and 9 books about the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases.

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John Sorenson, MD

John Sorenson, MD

Dr. Sorenson is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in vitreoretinal surgery and macular disease. He is a nationally recognized expert in the care of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and in the surgical management of retinal detachments as well as macular hole and macular pucker surgery.

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K. Bailey Freund, MD

K. Bailey Freund, MD

K. Bailey Freund, MD specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with all retinal disorders including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular and inflammatory diseases. He is an expert in difficult-to-diagnose and rare conditions.

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Robert W. Klein, MD

Robert W. Klein, MD

Dr. Klein is a board certified physician who practices general medical ophthalmology and has a special interest in the medical and laser treatment of glaucoma, including iridotomies and YAG capsulotomies, also diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of medical retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal breaks.

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James M. Klancnik, Jr., MD

James M. Klancnik, Jr., MD

James M. Klancnik, Jr. is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in medical and surgical disorders of the retina and vitreous. He has a particular interest in acute and chronic diseases of the macula including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular disease.

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Michael J. Cooney, MD, MBA

Michael J. Cooney, MD, MBA

Dr. Cooney is a practicing vitreoretinal surgeon who was previously an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University and later became the director of the Medical Retina Service, the Duke Center for Macular Degeneration, and the medical retina fellowship program from 2001 to 2005.

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Irene A. Barbazetto, MD

Irene A. Barbazetto, MD

Irene A. Barbazetto, M.D. is a vitreoretinal surgeon and macular disease specialist board certified in the United States and Europe. She is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, retinal vein occlusion, hereditary retinal disease, and diabetes.

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Michael Engelbert, MD, PhD

Michael Engelbert, MD, PhD

Michael Engelbert, MD, PhD, a vitreoretinal surgeon and macular disease specialist, provides both medical care for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease as well as surgical management of macular disease and retinal detachment repair, including complex detachments from diabetes and after trauma or failed primary repair.

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The Largest Retina Vitreous Center in the New York Metropolitan Area

Groundbreaking Research

Our physicians serve as academic leaders in the field as the most published group in foremost peer-reviewed journals in the U.S.

Cutting-Edge Diagnostics

Our staff has the luxury of utilizing the most advanced equipment available, putting us at the forefront of ophthalmic imaging.

World-Renowned Physicians

Our physicians have been instrumental in the development of worldwide standards for the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases.

Our patients WHY SHOULD I VISIT THE VITREOUS RETINA MACULA?

210 / 4.9 ★★★★★ Google Reviews

★★★★★ Exceptional Care

I have been seeing Dr. Engelbert at Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants since 2017. Dr. Engelbert and the staff have provided exceptional care at every visit. They are professional, kind, thorough, and thoughtful. When I have needed acute attention, they have taken the time necessary to fully assess and treat my retinas. When I am there for a routine checkup, the visits are timely and efficient. I highly recommend this wonderful team and am grateful to be under their care.

KRISTIN S.

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★★★★★ Treated With Respect

From the moment you enter the office you are treated with respect from all the staff. The office operates efficiently to ensure that all patients have the time to be seen and talk with their physicians. I am very pleased with the care . Compassion and overall kindness that has been shown to me. I highly recommend this office for care. My physician is absolutely amazing. He always makes you feel that you can ask any questions and you always will get an answer

MARGARET M.

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★★★★★ Knowledgeable & Yet Friendly

One of the most professional, knowledgeable and yet friendly team of doctors and professionals in NYC. I have never had my eyes examined so thoroughly and feel so much better knowing that my eyes are in good hands. Dr Klein himself attends to almost all patients and the level of attention and care is phenomenal.

ROBIN G.

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★★★★★ Compassionate & Skilled

I have been seeing Dr. Engelbert for several years. He is smart, compassionate, and skilled. He has maintained the quality of my vision, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have been referred to him for my care.I recommend him without reservation.

DAVID D.

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★★★★★ Very professional

Dr Sorenson and personnel at vrmny are very professional and caring. I could not be more satisfied with their attentiveness.i have patronized vrmny for four years and have not been disappointed at any time. Even through the COVID emergency the doctors and staff maintained their professionalism. I am presently recovering from surgery performed by Dr Sorenson and have absolute confidence of full and satisfactory restoration of my sight.thank you Dr Sorenson.

ERNESTO Z.

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★★★★★ Kind and Professional

I just love Dr. Klancnick. He is caring, but more than that, he has taken the fear out of going to my Retina doctor. I now get injections directly into my eye, and needless to say this is a scary experience. Dr. Klancnick explains everything to me about the procedure and shows me my improvement. I was so lucky to find him when I moved back to Brooklyn. As I praise him, I must also praise his kind and professional staff. They are great!!!

JODI B.

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★★★★★ Finest eye specialists

Considering the importance of vision and the numerous serious diseases which pose a life changing threat, there is no room for error. The finest eye specialists in the country are found at VRMCNY. I have been a patient there for decades and have been seen by several doctors. They define the meaning of expert and consult with one another to ensure accuracy. The office is spotless. The staff is courteous and professional. The visits are usually time consuming due to the necessity of imaging and a preliminary exam with a technician before seeing the specialist. I consider myself fortunate and am very grateful to be a patient there.

RENEE B.

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