May is ‘Healthy Vision Month’: Long Island Optometrist, Dr. Steven Schoenbart Urges New Yorkers to Make Eye Health a Top Priority

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Dr. Steven Schoenbart spends twelve months of the year helping patients with vision-limiting conditions. However, to coincide with May’s ‘Healthy Vision Month’, Dr Schoenbart is taking extra steps to urge every New Yorker get an eye exam, know their family’s eye history and take positive action to ensure prolonged good vision.

“My patients have to adjust to a new life after vision loss. While I often can’t regain 100% of the vision they had before, I can certainly improve it dramatically,” says Dr Schoenbart.

While most only reluctantly book an eye exam after repeated reminders from their clinic, Dr. Steven Schoenbart is urging every New Yorker to make their eye health a priority during May’s ‘Healthy Vision Month’.

With rates of Macular Degeneration and other vision-limiting conditions on the rise, Dr. Schoenbart encourages each individual to take action now to preserve their eye health for life.

Dr. Schoenbart recommends the following steps:
1. Get a dilated eye exam. It's the best way to catch eye diseases early, and with many, there are no warning signs.
2. Clarify family history. Macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetes can all cause blindness. A family history of any of these makes an individual’s chances of inheriting it higher. Earlier detection can lead to better outcomes and less expensive treatments.
3. Wear sunglasses. The sun's rays can be bad for skin and just as bad for eyes. Studies have linked ultraviolet light to cancer and to macular degeneration.
4. Eat right and exercise. Eating the right foods can reduce inflammation and provide the body with the kind of nutrients necessary to protect against disease. If you someone has a family history of macular degeneration, a supplement with lutein, zeaxanthin, and zinc may help.


“My patients have to adjust to a new life after vision loss. While I often can’t regain 100% of the vision they had before, I can certainly improve it dramatically,” says Dr Schoenbart. “However, prevention is better than cure and the above simple steps can make a world of difference. Eye exams tend to be something most don’t jump to book but, to the patients that come to me, it’s the most important appointment of the year that they didn’t make.”

Continuing, “Healthy Vision Month is the perfect time for me to be promoting this push. Take action now and, if your eye health isn’t as good as it could be, get in touch with us to see how we can transform your life. This is especially important if you are frustrated with your level of vision and have been told nothing can be done, or if you’re having trouble reading/driving and have problems reading small print. We can help.”

To learn more about life after vision loss, contact Schoenbart Vision Care 516-794-0704 or visit

About Dr. Steven Schoenbart:

A graduate of Boston’s New England College of Optometry, he completed a residency at the Northport VA Medical Center, Northport, NY in Rehabilitative Optometry (Low Vision). He has sat as a board examiner for North East Region Clinical Optometric Assessment Testing Service (NERCOATS) He was selected to represent optometry in NYS on Governor George Pataki's Medical Advisory Board for the Department of Motor Vehicles from 1996 -1998 and through 2012. Dr. Schoenbart has served as a board member of the Nassau County Optometric Society from 1992-2006 and was the Nassau County Optometric Society President from 1996-1998. Dr. Schoenbart has been the NYS Optometric Society Spokesperson since 2010.

Dr. Schoenbart is NYS Certified in Low Vision-Rehabilitative Optometry to help patients who have decreased vision due to eye diseases like Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Optic Atrophy, and post-cataract surgery as well as post-stroke patients. He is a member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS).

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