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Ophthalmology Center

Ophthalmology Center

600 Northern Boulevard Great Neck,  NY  11021

Phone: Call (516) 470-2020 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vivien Boniuk, Dr. Corina Busuioc, Dr. Magida Gaffar, Dr. Slyvia Kodsi, Dr. Samuel Packer, Dr. Howard Pomeranz, Dr. Steven Rubin, Dr. Carolyn Shih, Dr. Anne Steiner, Dr. Ira Udell, Dr. Faye Warren or Dr. Jules Winokur.

For appointments with Dr. Packer: (516) 465-8400
For appointments with Dr. Rubin: (516) 465-8444

NSLIJ Clinic appointments: (516) 470-2030

The Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service performs routine ophthalmic evaluations that screen and treat a wide range of ophthalmic conditions including cataracts, dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration.

This outpatient facility includes 12 examination lanes and offers diagnostic testing capabilities including automated visual field machines (Humphrey and Goldmann), computerized topography, optical coherence tomography (OCT), specular microscopy, confocal scanning, Digital fluorescein angiography (FA), digital slit lamp photography and videography, YAG laser, iris medical red and green lasers, IOL master, PENTACAM, Demodex microscope and a minor surgical procedure room.

Making an Appointment for the Ophthalmology Center, Great Neck, NY

We are open Monday - Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Wednesday from 9 am to 6 pm.

When you call us, please check to make sure that we have the following information correct in your file:

  • Daytime and evening telephone numbers
  • Mailing address
  • Insurance information

This helps us contact you with test results, appointment information and billing questions. At each visit, please bring your insurance card, and be prepared to pay your co-payment or deductible. Payment is requested at the time of your appointment. We accept cash, check and major credit cards.


If it is necessary to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance if possible.

This is important for the courtesy of our other patients who may be in need of urgent care. You may cancel or reschedule your appointment at any time by calling us.

Important Things to Know

Telephone Calls
All messages are given to the appropriate personnel as soon as possible, and every attempt is made to return telephone calls during regular working hours. There are times however, when we cannot answer all calls within the same day that they are received. When leaving a message, please tell us if your call is urgent, if it must be returned the same day, or if by a particular time.

Prescription Refills
The most efficient way to have your prescriptions refilled is to have your pharmacist fax a refill request to our office at (516) 470-2000. Allow at least 24 hours to complete the process. If you call for a refill, please have the name, dose, and frequency of the medication available.

Test Results
So that we can reach you by phone or mail, please make sure we have the correct daytime and evening phone numbers for you, as well as your correct mailing address. Ask your physician how and when you will be notified of test results.

Urgent Care
If you have an urgent problem or feel you need to see your physician on that same day, please call us as early as possible. Your physician will make every attempt to see you. However, if this is not possible, an appointment with the covering physician will be arranged Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After hours, weekends, and holidays, our answering service will contact the doctor-on-call and give her or him your telephone number. The doctor-on-call will phone you back and help you with your medical problem.

Emergency Care
If you have a problem that you feel is an emergency or life threatening, call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

What Should You Expect at Your Visit?
Please read the following information before coming to the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System Department of Ophthalmology.

Please check in at the reception area. If you are a new patient, please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment to fill out the necessary paper work.. Please be aware that patient exams may take in excess of two hours, especially if you are a new patient or require photographs and, other tests. If you have problems walking please have someone accompany you to your appointment to assist you. If you have any questions please call (516) 470-2020.

The Examination
The examination that you receive at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System Department of Ophthalmology might be different from previous eye exams. This is a highly specialized ophthalmologic examination and can last several hours. At the Department of Ophthalmology, tests may be performed that are not routinely done at other eye physicians’ offices.

Family Members
Because of the rather lengthy examination required and a somewhat small waiting area, please limit the number of people you bring with you on your visit.

Almost all new patients will have their pupils dilated. This is a necessity to the ophthalmic evaluation. The dilation procedure by itself takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Drops will be placed in your eyes to dilate the pupils. These drops cause temporary sensitivity to light and blurring of vision. If you are driving and are concerned about driving with your eyes dilated, please bring someone to assist you get home safely since your ability to drive may be impaired. Vision may be blurred for hours after the examination and your pupils may remain dilated for up to 24 hours.

Medical Records
In order to provide the best evaluation possible, it is often necessary to review old medical records, previous photographs, and fluorescein angiograms. Please bring any angiogram you have previously had at other offices, along with any records of previous surgeries or other eye exams.

Professionals You Will Meet at Your Exam

The North Shore-LIJ Health System is a teaching hospital, and as such, many healthcare professionals are involved in your care, including:

  • Ophthalmologist: An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor and surgeon who has completed medical school, an internship, and a residency in ophthalmology. Our subspecialists of Ophthalmologists are fellows trained in their respective fields.
  • Ophthalmology Resident: This is a licensed doctor of medicine and surgery in the state of New York. Residents have completed medical school and an internship in medicine and are now obtaining specialized training in ophthalmology.
  • Registered Nurse
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Ophthalmic Photographer

What to Bring to Your Examination

In order to make the most of your appointment we suggest that you bring the following items with you:

  • A list of all medications you are currently taking and have used in the past — for your convenience, you can print out a Medication Flow Sheet and fill it out before your appointment
  • For your convenience, you can print out a New Patient Registration Form and fill it out before your appointment; having this form completed before you arrive will shorten your visit time
  • Your glasses and, or contact lenses and case
  • Sunglasses to wear on the way home (regardless of the weather)
  • Medical insurance information and/or insurance card along with insurance — a referral or written authorization, if required by your insurance company
  • ID card or drivers license
  • Referral form from your primary care physician — when required
  • The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all physicians with whom you wish us to communicate
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