Archives for December 2013

Haller Eye Center Doctors Win Prestigious Patients Choice Awards

Haller Eye Center Doctors Win Prestigious Patients Choice Awards

Patients choice award

Patients choice award

patients choice award 2013

patients choice award 2013

Patients Choice Award 2013

Patients Choice Award 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Melvin Haller, Dr. Chad Haller and Dr. Tod Haller on winning the 2013 Patients Choice Award. This prestigious award is awarded to individual physicians and the winners are voted on by patients and patient satisfaction ratings. Less than 5% of physicians nationwide win this prestigious award.

Dr. Melvin Haller, Dr. Chad Haller and Dr. Tod Haller have won this award three years in a row. Thank you to our loyal and wonderful patients who voted, rated and reviewed us so highly in the past few years.

You are the reason why we love coming to work every day and why we do what we do. We hope to continue to make you proud.

My Child Wants Contact Lenses – What Do I Do Now?

Contact LensesThis is a very common dilemma many parents face. Should my child wear contact lenses? Are they safe? This was even a dilemma my father, an ophthalmologist, faced when I wanted contact lenses at 10 years of age.

Essentially whether contact lenses are right for your child comes down to three things. According to a study presented at the Contact Lens Spectrum in 2008, children and teens have shown they can take care of their contact lenses just as well as adults.

So how do you know whether contact lenses are appropriate for your child?

  • Is your child responsible enough to take care of his/her contact lenses? Are they likely to use shortcuts or sleep in their lenses?
  • Has your child demonstrated that he/she can wear the glasses properly without losing or breaking them (too often)?
  • Are you willing to pay for them? Insurance almost NEVER covers the cost of contact lenses and solutions.

If the answer to ALL 3 of these questions is “yes,” then contact lenses may be right for your child. If the answer to ANY of these questions is “no,” then I would reconsider and wait for the child to continue to mature prior to fitting for contact lenses.

If you have any further question, feel free to schedule an exam with one of our ophthalmologists and consult with one of our contact lens specialists.

What is the difference between an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist and Optician?

What is the difference between an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist and Optician?

Queens Optometrist - Queens OphthalmologistBelieve it or not, this question is one of the single most common questions in eye care. In fact, many doctors don’t even know the difference! So here it is simplified:

Optometrists are eye doctors who are trained in managing conditions called “refractive errors,” such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and double vision. They can prescribe an array of refractive tools such as glasses, contact lenses, magnifiers, and prisms. They attend 4 years of optometry school, but they do not go to medical school.

They often diagnose conditions, such as glaucoma, retinal detachments, cataracts, etc., however, they do not TREAT these conditions. Once they suspect someone has an eye condition, they send the patient to an OPHTHALMOLOGIST for treatment.

Ophthalmologists are eye doctors as well, however, they have gone to medical school and have earned an M.D. Just like an optometrist, they can prescribe glasses and contact lenses, but they can also prescribe medications, perform laser surgery and operate on the eye. They are medical and surgical doctors.

Opticians are people who sell eyeglasses. They are not doctors.

Welcome to the Haller Eye Center Blog!

Thank you for visiting the Haller Eye Center. We hope that you find our website and blog informative and educational. We also look forward to meeting you in our state-of-the-art office that has been providing exceptional Queens eye care since 1934.

Your questions and comments are always welcome and we hope that you come and try us out for your family’s eye care needs. Keep in mind we accept most insurance and also welcome walk-ins, so if you are having an emergency, feel free to come in to visit one of our 3 board-certified ophthalmologists. Our caring and compassionate staff will make sure your experience is as quick and comfortable as possible.

Thank you for visiting and we hope you enjoy learning about eye care as much as we love teaching it.

See you very soon.