Dr. Ilana Gelfond-Polnariev, OD

Pediatric OptometryFemaleAge 45

Dr. Ilana Gelfond-Polnariev, OD is a Pediatric Optometrist in Staten Island, NY and has over 19 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Salus University (formerly Pennsylvania College of Optometry) medical school in 2002. She is affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev to book an appointment.

Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev

NYC Pupil

4079 Richmond Ave Staten Island, NY 10312
Accepting new patients

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Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev's conditions and procedures:

  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Astigmatism
  • Blepharitis
  • Blurred Vision
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Injuries
  • Farsightedness
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Laser Nail Treatment
  • Lazy Eye
  • Nearsightedness
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Watering Eyes

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(718) 481-2020

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Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev's Reviews

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4.2

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Dr. Gelfand is a brilliant optometrist. We are so grateful she has an office on Staten Island.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Emily Yoonsmith – Jul 06, 2021
The best eye doctor on Staten Island Island!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Michael – Jul 02, 2020
Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev is an excellent doctor. Her office is immaculate and the waiting time is short. She is prompt, efficient, and very personable. She is thorough and caring. Her staff is warm, friendly, and competent. For 15 years I traveled to manhattan to the SUNY Optometry and saw the eye doctor who was the Director of Head Trauma Unit. I thought I never would replace her because she was the best. Well, Dr. Gelfond=Polnariev has met my high expectations and I am so happy I found her plus her practice is on Staten Island.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Judy Montanez – Jun 16, 2020
Recently, Dr.Gelfond found a freckle in the back of my eye that turned out to be a rare form of eye cancer. Because she was so thorough, and caught it so early, it was relatively easy to treat and hadn’t spread past my eye (which would have made it untreatable). In addition to being an overall amazing eye doctor for me and my family, Dr.Gelfond saved my life and I cannot reccomned her more.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Nellie Otter Engle in Brooklyn, NY – Aug 26, 2018
I highly recommend Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev. I have used other Optometrists and find her to be the best! My family has been working with Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev for ten years. She is professional, attentive to the patient and demonstrates expertise in everything she does. I love the office staff as well!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Doreen – Feb 16, 2018
I love Dr.Gelfond, she is amazing. I was wearing a small prescription which still didn't help my eyes and when she examined me she diagnosed me with convergence insufficiency. I did vision therapy for a year and it helped. I am not wearing my glasses at all. I no longer get tired when I read. Extremely grateful.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Megi in Brooklyn, NY – Jul 01, 2017
I have been seeing Dr. Gelfond for 5 years now, I was referred to her after having visions issues, she accuaretly diagnosed me and placed me in vision therapy which did wonders for my eyes. Dr. Gelfond is a compassionate doctor who hears all of my concerns, she knows how particular I am with my vision and she takes the time to make sure I am happy. Any issues I had she always found a way to squeeze me into her schedule. I trust no one else with my eyes, She goes above & beyond for her patients
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Danielle Aylmer in Staten Island, NY – May 05, 2017
I consider myself lucky to have my 7 year old daughter seen by Dr. Gelfond. She diagnosed the right issue from the very beginning and recommended therapy sessions that are actually only provided at cooper clinic. My daughter was suffering convergence insufficiency that delayed her at school. I've witnessed a huge improvement with the sessions, no more headaches, no more redness or tearing or rubbing or itchiness in her eyes. She graduated after 12 sessions and is back to normal, reading at ease.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Sherine in Staten Island, NY – Apr 19, 2017
Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev is an excellent optometrist that provides thorough exams, she's informative, patient and offers an outstanding service at every visit. As a person that used to work at an optometry office I can recognize what good looks like and she goes above and beyond your typical optometrist.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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AV in Staten Island, NY – Mar 07, 2017
We have been patients of Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev for over 5 years. She is very professional, experienced and dedicated. She is thorough and takes time with each patient. Prior to becoming her patients, we have been at a couple of other doctors and we had no idea of what a proper eye exam should be like until we met Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev. We highly recommend Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Zeltser Family in Staten Island, NY – Feb 15, 2017

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About Me

Care Philosophy

We offer the following services: Pediatric & Adult Comprehensive Eye Exams Functional Visual Exams & Treatment to improve focusing, tracking,...Read more

Biography

For over 16 years, I have been treating patients and promoting comprehensive eye exams. My passion is in vision therapy and head trauma rehabilitation...Read more

Specialties

  • Pediatric Optometry
  • Optometry

Education

2003
SUNY Optometry
Residency Hospital
2002
Lyons VA Med Ctr/RW Johnson Univ Hosp
Internship Hospital
2002
Salus University (formerly Pennsylvania College of Optometry)
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Lithuanian
  • Russian

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What are Dr. Ilana Gelfond-Polnariev, OD's top areas of care?

Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev frequently treats Allergic Conjunctivitis, Astigmatism, and Blepharitis. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev treats.

Where is Dr. Ilana Gelfond-Polnariev, OD's office located?

Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev's office is located at 4079 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10312. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Ilana Gelfond-Polnariev, OD speak?

Dr. Gelfond-Polnariev speaks Russian, Lithuanian, and English. View profile to see all.

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NYC Pupil4079 Richmond Ave Staten Island, NY 10312
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Staten Island University Hospital

Staten Island, NY

61% Patient Experience Rating, 8% lower than the national average

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