News & Events

FLEX SPENDING REMINDER

For patients who have flexible spending accounts (FSAs), don’t forget that your plan year is quickly coming to an end!  While some employers allow a grace period of up to 2-1/2 months to use up your account, most plans require eligible expenses be incurred by December 31, 2017.  Now is a good time to check your balance, file any outstanding claims and use up your account.

Traditionally if you did not use all your FSA balance within a plan year, your balance would be forfeited (the “use it or lose it rule”).  The US Treasury Department recently relaxed this rule to a limited extent.  Employers are now allowed to permit participants to carry over up to $500 in unused funds per year.  You should check with your employer to see if they have adopted this change and of course check your account balance to see how much you have left.

FSAs can be used for certain medical expenses, including:

  • LASIK
  • Contact lenses (needed for medical reasons)
  • Medical supplies
  • Dental treatments such as teeth cleaning, x-rays and fillings
  • Eyeglasses; and
  • Hearing aids

Please contact us if you are interested in using your FSA balance toward the cost of LASIK or other vision-related services at NY Vision Group.  

Does Poor Vision Lead to Poor Cognition?

A growing number of studies suggest that poor vision may lead to a decline in cognitive ability.  The latest study published in JAMA Ophthalmology found that among a representative sample of 2975 older Americans, and a second sample of 30, 202 Medicare beneficiaries, poor vision was associated with poor cognition.[1]  

While the study didn’t prove that vision loss caused cognitive decline, according to one of the authors, Dr. Suzann Pershing, “intuitively it makes sense that the less engaged people are with the world, the less cognitive stimulation they receive and the more likely their cognitive function will decline.”  The number of Americans with poor vision is expected to double by 2050 so this study highlights the importance of vision screening to identify patients with eye disease to potentially decrease decreased cognition.  The JAMA study also noted that hearing loss has also been shown to be associated with cognitive decline and dementia.[2]

Dr. Koster and the American Academy of Ophthalmology strong recommend vision screening for the older population owing to the quality of life impact of available treatments for vision problems and now the potential to prevent poor cognition.

 

[1] Stephanie P. Chen, BS; Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD; Suzann Pershing, MD, MS. Association of Vision Loss with Cognition in Older Adults. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017;135(9):963-970. Published online: August 17, 2017.

[2] Lin FR. Hearing Loss and Cognition Among Older Adults in the United States. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci.2011;66(10):1131-1136.

NY Vision Group Cyclist Triumphant

Congratulations to David Taylor, a cyclist on NY Vision Group's Fouriclasse team who won the circuit race at the Green Mountain Stage Race on September 2, 2017,  in Burlington VT.  Pictured here, he rode away from the field with 1 kilometer to go to win triumphantly. He went on to win the Queen Stage on September 3 in the soaking rain and high winds and won the four day overall race.  Dr. Koster and NY Vision Group are the lead sponsors for the Fouriclasse team, a New York based amateur cycling sub-team chartered through the Century Road Club Association.  Most of the racers train every day in Central Park in the early morning and compete in races on the weekends across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. 

 

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DR. KOSTER NAMED NEW YORK SUPER DOCTOR.

NY Vision Group is pleased to announce that for the fifth year in a row, Dr. Harry Koster has been named a New York Super Doctor.  You can read more about his accomplishments in the May 14, 2017 special supplement to the New York Times.  The selection process for Super Doctors is a rigorous multi-step process. First Super Doctors creates a pool of candidates based on nominations from local physicians. Doctors may not self-nominate.  Super Doctors' research staff also contributes to the pool based on its "star search credentials".  Candidates are evaluated based on multiple indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including experience, professional activities, leadership positions, board certifications, honors and awards, and other outstanding achievements. Then nominees are then grouped into specialties and reviewed by a blue ribbon panel made up of the doctors who, in each specialty, received the highest scores in the nomination and evaluation steps.  Each panelist reviews and evaluates a list of nominees in their area.  Final selection to the Super Doctors list is based on the total points a doctor receives from the nominations, research and blue ribbon panel review steps. Only the highest-scoring doctors are included in the Super Doctors list.  Here is a link to his Super Doctors webpage: http://superdoctors.com/new-york-metro/doctor/Harry-R-Koster/37f65e74-ecd5-419b-8ffc-f2fb52b3959e.html

NY VISION GROUP OPENS NEW BROOKLYN LOCATION

NY Vision Group is pleased to announce that we have opened a new location to better serve our patients in Brooklyn. Our brand new, state-of-the-art facility is located at 279 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237.  Dr. Harry Koster, our Harvard-trained, board-certified corneal specialist has performed over 15,000 LASIK procedures and leads up a team of doctors focused on clearing up your vision. We provide comprehensive eye care from contact lens fittings to all vision correction procedures and accept all major insurances.

Call 718 805 0700 to make an eye appointment. The new office is just 3 short blocks from the L train's Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue stop.

 

Our Tribeca office at 37 Murray Street in lower Manhattan, and our Queens office at 119-15 Atlantic Avenue, Richmond Hill, remain open to continue to fully serve those neighborhoods.

 

KOSTER VISION FUORICLASSE RACING

 

Keep active to stay healthy! Dr. Koster and NY Vision Group don't just promote healthy eyes, we promote healthy lifestyles and this year NY Vision Group/Koster Vision Correction are primary sponsors for Fuoriclasse Racing, a New York-based amateur cycling team. The team practices most mornings in Central Park and races all over New England on the weekends.  We are proud to support this dedicated group of athletes. 

 

 New Femtosecond Cataract Laser

In our mission to provide patients with the best possible vsion, we pride ourselves on having the most advanced technology and procedures available, combined with superior surgical skills.  To further this mission, we have acquired the new Femtosecond Cataract Laser.

This revolutionary technology allows us to use the laser to make all your cataract incisions, correct astigmatism and soften your cataract just prior to the actual cataract removal. 

Femtosecond-laser assisted cataract surgery is designed to provide the safest, most precise method for the removal of a cataract. Below are samples of the capsular opening the Femto laser makes to permit access to the cataract. The laser is approximately 10x more accurate than manually performing the same task (as demonstrated by the second set of images)  

 Femtosecond laser capsulotomy samples

Cataract surgeon (manual) capsulotomy samples

                                      

Dr. Harry Koster, One of America's Top Ophthalmologists.

Harry Koster, MD, a board-certified, Harvard-trained ophthalmologist, has been named one of America's Top Ophthalmologists by Consumers' Research Council of America, an independent research team.  He was selected based on his experience, training and professional associations. The Consumer's Research Council of America does not accept fees, donations or advertising from any individual, proefessional, corporation or association.

Dr. Koster is pictured above on the PR Newswire/Reuters screen in Times Square, New York.

NY VISION GROUP ACQUIRES WAVELIGHT®   EX 500 LASER

NY Vision Group is please do announce that it is the first ophthalmic practice in Manhattan to acquire the WaveLight® EX 500 Laser.  This laser is the most technologically advanced vision correction laser available in the U.S. and permits us to provide,  in the comfort and convenience of our Manhattan office, a customized wave-front optimized treatment for each of our LASIK patients.

In the past, every LASIK patient received essentially the same type of laser treatment. The WaveLight® EX 500's technology is different.  With it, we can create a personalized treatment plan for each patient, accounting for the specific shape and individual attributes of each eye. It is also one of the safest, fastest and most accurate laser available in the United States.  Combined with Dr. Koster's 20 years of refractive surgery experience, this superior technology assures the best care possible for our patients.

  

 

Downtown NY Office

Come visit NY Vision Group at its newly renovated office at 37 Murray Street (lower level).  This spacious, state-of-the-art facility is conveniently close to both Tribeca and the Financial District.  Dr. Harry Koster, our Harvard-trained, board-certified corneal specialist has performed over 15,000 LASIK procedures and leads up a team of doctors focused on clearing up your vision.  We provide comprehensive eye care from contact lens fittings to all vision correction procedures.  Your vision is our focus.

Call 212.243.2300 to make an eye appointment or schedule a free LASIK screening at our new facility. Our office is easy to find at 37 Murray Street--the corner of Church and Murray Streets, accessible by the Chambers St. stops of the 1, 2, 3, A and C trains, as well as the City Hall Stop of the N and R trains and the World Trade stop of the E train.

 

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