Upstate News

July 14, 1998
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

University Hospital Eye Institute Changes its Name to the University Center for Vision Care and Research Centers

The University Hospital Eye Institute has changed its name to the University Vision Care and Research Centers of the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. The Centers are comprised of the University Center for Vision Care, located at 550 Harrison Street, Suite 340, Syracuse, and the University Center for Vision Research, located in Weiskotten Hall on the Health Science Center campus. Combined, the Centers serve as our region’s most established and leading site for the research, diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of adult and pediatric eye disorders.

The Centers are directed by John A. Hoepner, M.D. Dr. Hoepner, a resident of Fayetteville, is professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse.

Helping to provide patient care is Ali M. Khorrami, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Khorrami, a resident of the Valley Section of Syracuse, is an assistant professor of Ophthalmology at the Health Science Center and the first full time physician member of the Center for Vision Care clinical team. Dr. Khorrami personally performs specialized retinal care, including surgery and laser therapy, while also serving as a primary attending physician at the Center. In particular, he provides care to support the unique ophthalmic needs of our community’s growing diabetic, macular degeneration, and inherited retinal disease population. He works collaboratively with community physicians of all disciplines, including those in the Joslin Center for Diabetes, to maximize eye wellness and slow progression of retinal disease.

The University Center for Vision Care provides general vision care, consultations in all ophthalmic sub-specialties, and specialized evaluation and management services. Two additional services are provided for patient convenience: an Ophthalmic Diagnostic Testing Center and an Optical Shop and Contact Lens Dispensary.

While every attempt is made to accommodate walk-ins for general comprehensive eye exams, it is best to schedule an appointment. Most appointments can be scheduled as early as the next day. Urgent eye referrals will be seen the same day.

The primary mission of the Center for Vision Research is to enhance the research and training efforts of vision scientists in the Central New York area. Secondary objectives are to facilitate collaborative studies among members of this community and attract other vision scientists to the area.

To make an appointment with the University Center for Vision Care, or for more information about the Centers call (315) 464-5230.

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