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Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island Presents Free Seminar at Helen Keller Services for the Blind

On Thursday, December 5, Daniel Kiernan, MD and Valerie Trubnik, MD, of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI), presented a free seminar about Glaucoma and Retinal Disease to more than 60 captive audience members at the Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, which is operated by Helen Keller Services for the Blind. This presentation was the second in a series of free seminars offered by the Helen Keller Services for the Blind. Dr. Kiernan focused on Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Eye Disease and Dr. Trubnik discussed Glaucoma, often described as the “silent thief of sight”. Both doctors explained how to maintain healthy vision and measures that can be taken to help prevent or slow the progression of these debilitating eye diseases.

Daniel Kiernan, MD, is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical diseases of the retina. Dr. Kiernan graduated from The University of Chicago with a degree in Biology. He received his doctorate in medicine from Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University, and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Chicago Hospital, Pritzker School of Medicine.

During his vitreoretinal surgical fellowship, at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Kiernan was awarded several accolades for his research in imaging and treatment of retinal diseases, including awards from the American Retina Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Retina Society. He continues his interests in investigating both non-invasive and surgical approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of sight debilitating retinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal blood vessel occlusions.

Dr. Kiernan is a member of many professional societies including the American Society of Retinal Surgeons, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also a reviewer for several peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals.

Dr. Kiernan practices in OCLI’s Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, East Setauket and Mineola offices.

Valerie Trubnik, MD, is an associate physician specializing in glaucoma surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is an ophthalmologist who has completed advanced specialty training in both the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. Dr. Trubnik practices in OCLI’s Lynbrook, Manhasset, Mineola and Rockville Centre offices.

Dr. Trubnik received her undergraduate degree from the esteemed B.A./M.D. program at CUNY Brooklyn College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree with special commendation in investigative scholarship from the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine where she attained membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Dr. Trubnik completed her medical internship at the Lenox Hill Hospital and went on to complete residency training in ophthalmology at the renowned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Thereafter, she acquired fellowship training in glaucoma at the internationally acclaimed Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Trubnik has presented original research at national ophthalmological conferences and has authored scientific papers for peer reviewed medical journals. She has, in addition, coauthored a forthcoming book chapter with the former chair of the glaucoma department and director of the glaucoma fellowship program at Wills Eye Hospital, Dr. George L. Spaeth.

Dr. Trubnik holds active memberships in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the New York State Ophthalmological Society, and the Nassau County Medical Society.

A former professional ballroom dancer, Dr. Trubnik has competed in and won championships all over North America. She is also fluent in both spoken and written Russian and speaks conversational Spanish.

For more information or if you are interested in having Doctors Kiernan or Trubnik present to your organization, please contact OCLI at 1-866-SEE OCLI (1-866-733-6254) or visit www.ocli.net.

Since 1893, Helen Keller Services for the Blind has helped individuals of all ages who are blind, deaf-blind or visually and hearing impaired, and who may have additional disabilities, develop independence and participate actively in their communities. For more information about the Helen Keller Services for the Blind, please visit www.helenkeller.org

 


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