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Q&A with Dr. Meltzer

Dr. Meltzer Answers Your Eyecare Questions

My child is struggling in school. Should I have his/her eyes examined?


A comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist can often determine if there are visual issues interfering with a childs ability to perform in school. Many visual symptoms, some obvious, others less so, can contribute to a childs poor academic achievement. The most common symptoms to watch out for:

  • Blur at distance or near
  • Skipping or re-reading lines or words
  • Reduced reading comprehension
  • Difficulty shifting focus from near to far or far to near
  • Difficulty copying from the smart board
  • Double vision
  • Closing or covering an eye when working at near
  • Headaches; especially in the forehead, temple, or eyebrow regions
  • Difficulty attending to near work or an avoidance of reading
  • Poor spelling
  • Misaligning numbers in math
  • Unusual head or body posture when working at near

Some of these issues can be alleviated with a good pair of eyeglasses while others may require vision therapy. Vision therapy, like occupational therapy or physical therapy, is a systematic program where the body, in this case the visual system, can be retrained and strengthened to improve its ability to function. All the doctors at Eye Vision Associates are trained in the diagnosis of vision related learning problems. Drs. Meltzer and Tamburro are Eye Vision Associates Board Certified and Residency trained optometrists in visual therapy and rehabilitation. They can help determine if your child´s academic problems are visually related and help develop a program to begin helping your child work at their highest potential! If you have any questions regarding your child (or any young school aged family member) please feel free to contact our two therapy doctors Dr. Meltzer:

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  • Eye Vision Associates
    624 Hawkins Ave, Ste 1
    Lake Ronkonkoma NY 11779
    Phone: (631) 615-7496
    Fax: (631) 588-5185
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    In case of emergency, please phone our office at the number listed above and follow the instructions.

We are your optometrists in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. Dr. Gwen Gnadt, Dr, Michael Mcgovern, Dr. Bradley R. Meltzer, Dr. Kristin Protosow, and Dr.Kristen Tamburro and staff are dedicated to providing an eye care experience that is unparalleled in its quality and compassion of care. Our eye doctors strive to give personalized attention, excellent eye exam care and high quality optical solutions as the preferred optometrist service in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY.

A genuine concern for the visual well being of our patients is a cornerstone of our eye care that combines experienced Lake Ronkonkoma optometrists and the most advanced eye care technology. Our patients leave our office confident that their eye health was thoroughly evaluated, satisfied that they have been educated on the status of their eye health and all of their vision correction options and pleased to know their eye glasses and contact lenses were fit with great care and accuracy.

If you are currently a patient at Eye Vision Associates, we thank you. If you are not, we ask you to consider visiting our practice to personally experience the optometric care we can provide you and your loved ones, from comprehensive eye exams to hard to fit contact lenses. Please call or stop by our office in Lake Ronkonkoma, which also serves the nearby areas of Lake Grove and Holbrook, our eye doctors and staff will be happy to assist you with all of your eyecare needs. 

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Q&A with Kristin Protosow

Dr. Kristin Protosow, Answers Your Eyecare Questions

I have heard the term Low Vision mentioned but I don't know what it means. Can someone tell me what Low Vision is and who would benefit from it?

"Low vision" is a term we use for patients that have a reduced best corrected vision. In other words, even with the best possible glasses prescription for the patient's eyes their vision remains less then 20/20. This generally occurs from disease or injury and makes it difficult for the patient to preform everyday tasks, such as reading, being on the computer or watching TV. Low Vision exams are helpful to these patients because we can assess the vision they have and prescribe magnifying glasses and devices that make it easier for the patient to see. Solutions tend to be vey different for different people even when they have the same diagnosis and vision! It's important to take the time to make sure each patient has a personalized exam and is given the best options for them.

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* * * * * Apr 17, 2015

Dr. Gnadt is awesome - she is very caring and takes time to get me the best glasses and contacts. I have been going to her for many years and trust her to take good care of my eyes. I would definitely recommend her and Eye Vision Associates!
~-Dr. Dawn H.

* * * * * Apr 24, 2015

"stand your specific eye situations. My primary dr was unavailable, but the dr that did help me was so nice."
~-Cynthia A

* * * * * Apr 30, 2015

"I was put at ease by Dr. Meltzer. He was honest and forthright. We are working toward a plan of action. I now feel as though there is an "end" in sight. I am grateful for his ability to assist me ever so carefully and thoroughly. I would refer any and all of my family, friends and acquaintances without hesitation. Thank you! "
~-Maryann C.

* * * * * Jun 6, 2015

Fantastic!!! A very special Thank you to Tricia, Chloe and Joey for making my last visit extra special and welcoming. In addition, thanks Dr. McGovern for taking the time to explain my options and your expertise, as always, I truly appreciate all you do. Thanks again all!"
~-Pamela M

* * * * * on 5/19/14

"Kristin is simply the best Eye Doctor! She makes the whole experience non-stressful!"
~-Fred A.

* * * * * on Jul 14, 2015

"I was seen on an emergency basis. Wait time was minimal due to the circumstances. Doctor was extremely helpful and courteous."
~-Gail L.

* * * * * on Jul 27, 2015

"Job well done! A friendly ancillary staff with clinicians who are attentive and thorough. Overall, a great experience. "
~-Justin B.

* * * * * Aug 12, 2015

"I rate my visit with Dr. Gnadt as exemplary. My extraordinarily difficult vision disorder has been corrected with contact lenses to my satisfaction."
~-Louis M.

* * * * * Aug 15, 2015

"my visit was for glasses only, it was a pleasant experience, I did not feel rushed. Jennifer explained all the different options for my insurance and types of lenses."
~-Anne B.

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