The Department of Optometry's Clinic – Serving the Community

"Everyone should have their eyes examined at least once. Even if you don't think you have a problem, an eye exam can detect problems and treat them early," says Clinic Director Dr. Mark Guggenheim. The Clinic offers extensive eye exams to the general public, and treats all types of vision problems in adults and children aged four and above, all free of charge.

The BIU Optometry Clinic was established nearly12 years ago.  From just a single exam room, the Clinic has expanded to comprise 21 similar rooms with the most advanced technological equipment, as well as medical clinics set to treat all vision or eye ailments.  Additionally, the Clinic's eyeglass store offers a variety of spectacles at an affordable cost.

Eye exams at the Clinic include diagnosing any type of visual difficulties or eye diseases, and last anywhere from one-and-a-half to two hours.  The exams are conducted by fourth year students from the Department of Optometry, and are supervised by a licensed optometrist.

The Optometry Department also operates three eye clinics: the Vision Impairment Clinic directed by Nathan Feit,  the Contact Lens Clinic directed by Dr. Phillip Fine and Noga Bromberger, and the Visual Training Clinic, specializing in eye exercises, directed by Prof. Kenny Koslow.

After initial diagnosis, eye exam experts refer patients to one of the specialized clinics. "If the patient needs eye exercises or special contact lenses, we provide those on the spot.  In the Vision Impairment Clinic, for instance, we provide unique visual aids to patients who have overcome difficult eye diseases but can no longer see or are vision impaired," adds Dr. Guggenheim. "We provide them with specialized microscope-glasses or telescopes mounted on eyeglasses, or special contact lenses.  These are services rarely provided by optometry stores, and for many of our patients it’s a matter of wellbeing. It literally changes their lives. All exams and treatments offered by the BIU Optometry Clinic are funded by the University, which enables entire families to be treated here. Sometimes it's the only way they can afford these treatments. "             

In addition to the clinics, the Department of Optometry is involved in several community outreach projects, such as treating Holocaust survivors, and offering in-house eye exams in institutions for at-risk youth, senior homes, etc.

Says Dr. Guggenheim, "Wherever we are, whoever the patients are, we treat them from beginning to end, follow up on their condition, and offer additional treatments when needed. Unlike with commercial optics stores, we care about the people."