Welcome to Eye Care Associates in Optometry!

At Eye Care Associates in Optometry, Lawrence. S. Forgacs, O.D.F.A.A.O is a licensed optometrist as well as a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, providing complete eye care services to patients in Midtown Manhattan, nearby neighborhoods and communities. Patients come from all over the U.S. and from abroad to seek Dr. Forgacs' expert care in specialty contact lens fitting and Low Vision Services.

You and your family can depend on Dr. Forgacs for services ranging from routine annual vision exams to the diagnosis and treatment of all disorders that affect the eye or your vision. Also trained in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology, Dr. Forgacs has the experience and expertise to recognize a range of serious health disorders, from glaucoma and macular degeneration to diabetes and hypertension.

Services Offered

Here are some of the leading eye care services that Dr. Forgacs, with the assistance of his talented and compassionate staff, offers patients.

Eye and Vision Exams -- Our goal is to diagnose your family’s eye or vision problems as early as possible. That’s why we promote the annual exams. Your children might also need an appointment with your eye doctor in order to perform better in the classroom or to take part in organized sports.

Contact Lens Exams and Hard to Fit Contacts -- There are a variety of eye conditions that can make contact lenses difficult -- but not impossible -- to fit. We’ll work with you to provide specialty contact lenses or other eyewear solutions.

LASIK Eye Surgery -- This can be a quick, painless and permanent solution to your vision problems. This laser-based technique has been used to successfully correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and other disorders. Let’s see if its right for you.

Ortho-K Vision Correction -- Officially known as orthokeratology, this is a vision correction technology that involves reshaping the cornea. This non-surgical technique is an option for many people who can’t have LASIK surgery for various reasons (or who don’t want to undergo surgery). It might be an ideal treatment for you.

Vision Therapy -- Some vision problems can be corrected or improved without surgery. When that’s the case, we’ll work with you to strengthen your eyes and enhance the neurological connection between the brain and your eyes with a set of custom-tailored vision exercises. Vision therapy can address such disorders as double vision, lazy eye, crossed vision, and dyslexia. Through low vision therapy, we can work on optimizing failing vision due to various causes such as diabetes, hypertension, macular degeneration, optic neuropathy, albinism, and color blindness.

Computer Vision Treatment -- Many people spend their workdays and off-time hours staring at computer screens. This can cause serious eye strain, blurry vision, headaches, and other related problems. Dr. Forgacs can diagnose your problems and put you on a treatment plan to relieve the effects of computer vision and eye related stress.

Frames and Sunglasses Fittings -- Our experienced and talented licensed optician, Cindy Schafran, L.O., will help you select the frames that complement your face and personality. We’ll also provide you with prescription sunglasses and the new Blutech filtered lenses to reduce computer eye strain.

Call for an Appointment

Dr. Lawrence S. Forgacs and his staff at Eye Care Associates in Optometry in Midtown Manhattan welcome your appointment. Simply call us at (212) 583-9000. Or, for your ultimate convenience, use our online appointment request form.

Eye Care Associates in Optometry is located at 425 Madison Avenue.


Meet The Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Lawrence S. Forgacs, O.D.F.A.A.O

    Dr. Forgacs's goal is to serve our patients by helping them with their personal eye health and providing them with professional and state-of-the-art eyecare. We believe that healthy eyesight is vital to a high quality of life - both of which we are committed to!

  • Dr.
    Benjamin C. Lane, O.D.

    DR. BENJAMIN CLARENCE LANE is the widely reported reseacher-author who discovered the importance of diopter-hours of accommodative stimulus in myopiagenesis, the importance of the trace mineral chromium, the chromium-to-vanadium ratio, and the B-complex vitamin 'folate' in the prevention and reversal of myopia, the regulation of intraocular pressure and the energy equations of binocular accommodation, and the importance of vitamin B6 in the remodeling of Bruch's Membrane in the prevention of exudative macular degeneration.

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  • Dr.
    Robert Maiolo, O.D.

    Dr. Robert Maiolo has been in practice 36 years. He is a licensed Doctor of Optometry, and is certified in Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Advanced Therapeutic Practice. He has been a National Board Examiner, staff member of St. Mary's and Kaiser Permanente Hospitals in San Francisco, Clinical Director of TLC Lasik Center and currently on the Board of Directors of ODG, the largest contact lens distribution company in the nation. His specialties include fitting of contact lenses for diseased and post surgical conditions.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Cindy Schafran, L.O.
    Licensed Optometrist

    Cindy Schafran is a licensed Optician who has been practicing with Dr. Forgacs nearly 15 years. She is up to date with all the latest lens designs and materials, allowing her to choose the best design for your prescription. You will find a unique mix of frames with plenty of color, boldness and style or very beautiful, minimalist frames. We also carry a beautiful sunwear collection for sports, beach, or just looking glamorous on city streets. Most of our sunglass frames are suitable for prescriptions. Feel free to come in and browse. We are happy to help you find the best look that suits you.


Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

    As always Dr. Forgacs and his exceptional staff were timely, polite, informative and attentive. I would highly recommend this office to anyone.

    Michael D.

    As with other visits, I cannot imagine better care from the doctor or the caring staff. The eye examination was thorough, addressing all the symptoms I experiences.

    David S.

    Great, patient, and attentive service. Answers all my questions, takes a deep 'look' ha ha into medical challenges and diet modifications which will lead to better eye health.

    Dorothy K.

    Dr. Forgacs was incredibly kind and knowledgeable. His staff is polite and attentive. It was 1st time being there and the paper work and check in took 15 minutes or so, but that's fine. I definitely recommend him and I'll be back again!

    Geraldine H.

    Dr. Forgacs was very professional and helpful. You can tell her genuinely cares for his patients.

    Catherine P.

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