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Dr. Robert Schultze is a regional pioneer in the field of ophthalmology and has been appointed Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery at the Albany Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology. He has been perennially recognized as a “Top Doctor” by the Consumer Research Council of America as well as by Castle Connolly and Hudson Valley Magazine.
Dr. Schultze also serves as Ophthalmology Residency Program Director, Director of Medical Student Education in Ophthalmology, and Director of the Cornea Fellowship Program at Albany Medical College. He is Medical Director and a founding partner of his medical practice, Cornea Consultants of Albany, and also serves as Medical Director of TLC Laser Eye Center as well as the Lions Eye Bank at Albany. Dr. Schultze is recognized as a leading authority on cornea and refractive surgery and has been selected as one of only 50 U.S. surgeons to serve as a VISX and an Intralase Trainer (proctoring other surgeons on the use of the lasers).
As a result of his dedication to ophthalmology, Dr. Schultze has been recognized with a “Best of Show” award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology as well as a “First Place” from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for his video productions demonstrating his techniques in advanced corneal surgery. He has also been awarded a “Best Paper of Session” award for his research and is a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Honor Award and Senior Honor Award for service to the organization. The ophthalmology residents selected Dr. Schultze as the 2013 recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching Award and he has been awarded “Professional of the Year” by the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Union College in 1999, Dr. Eden received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 2002. He completed an internship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (Boston, MA) and residency at the Nassau University Medical Center (East Meadow, NY) before returning to the Capital District for fellowship training in corneal and refractive surgery at Cornea Consultants of Albany in 2007.
During the subsequent two years, Dr. Eden maintained a busy practice in Queens, NY, where he served on staff at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Caritas Medical Centers and The New Parkway Hospital. He also operated at Laser One (New York, NY) and at the MacKool Eye Institute (Astoria, NY) where he performed cornea, cataract and laser vision correction surgery.
Dr. Eden returns to Albany as a board-certified, fellowship-trained cornea, cataract and refractive surgery specialist. His practice focuses on state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases, from dry eye to artificial cornea. He has experience in routine, as well as complex, cataract surgery including placement of the latest intraocular lenses to reduce spectacle dependence, traditional and partial thickness corneal transplantation (DSAEK), and refractive surgery from LASIK to phakic IOL.
Dr. Bryan Abessi
Dr. Bryan Abessi is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lafayette College (Easton, PA) and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College (Albany, NY) in 2008. He was recognized for his achievements during his medical education by being invited to join the Alpha Omega Alpha society.
Dr. Abessi completed his internship as well as his ophthalmology residency at Albany Medical Center. He was awarded the Robert Reineke Research Award and the Dr. Cetner Eye Resident Award during his residency in addition to serving as Chief Resident.
Dr. Abessi values education and research and continues to enjoy teaching the residents at Albany Medical Center. In addition to participating in numerous research projects, he has presented at meetings, including the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
In his spare time, Dr. Abessi enjoys spending time with his wife. He also enjoys playing basketball, golf, as well as traveling.
Dr. Judy Revai
Dr. Revai received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. She began her optometry training at the New England College of Optometry in Boston. She completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she graduated with high honors as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society. She received citations for clinical excellence in Pediatrics/Binocular Vision and Low Vision. At the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry, she was residency trained in Pediatrics and Primary Care. In addition to clinical instruction and direct patient contact, she also volunteered her time for humanitarian missions to Brazil through Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) and to Mexico through the Flying Doctors (Los Medicos Voladores).
Dr. Revai practiced in ophthalmologic and optometric settings before moving to Albany. She provides comprehensive examinations, contact lens fittings, and diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease to patients of all ages. Her experience also includes pre- and post-operative surgical care of laser vision correction and cataracts, and specialty contact lens fittings.
When she is not practicing optometry, Dr. Revai enjoys family time with her husband and two children. She likes going for walks, playing volleyball, practicing yoga, reading and traveling.
Dr. Jennifer Grill
A 2009 graduate of Siena College, Dr. Grill received her optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry in 2013 where she received the Class of 1969 Scholarship Award for Outstanding Clinic Performance. She completed her residency training in ocular disease through SUNY Optometry with the Hudson Valley VA Healthcare System following graduation. Dr. Grill has multiple accomplishments including becoming a board-certified practitioner and a fellow with the American Academy of Optometry in 2014. In 2015 she became a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. Her specialties include diagnosis and management of diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as corneal diseases and dry eye syndrome. Dr. Grill has published multiple papers on the topics of computer vision syndrome, Lyme disease, and ocular side effects of common medications.
Dr. Grill is part of the Comprehensive Care division of Cornea Consultants of Albany performing complete eye examinations as well as post-operative and follow up care. She is also a staff optometrist and optometry externship director at the Albany-Stratton VA Medical Center, as well as the optometrist at Sheehy Opticians.
Dr. Michael Cortese
Attending Union College, Syracuse University, and SUNY College of Optometry, Dr. Cortese received a bachelor’s degree with honors in biology and a doctorate in optometry. Externships were completed at The Staten Island Developmental Center, Martin Luther King Medical Center, Bronx, and The Northport, NY Veterans Hospital, Long Island.
Following many years in private practice, Dr. Cortese was named Clinical Director for TLC Laser Eye Centers, Albany, NY in 2004 and TLC Northeast Regional Director from 2008 to 2013. Dr. Cortese has specialties in pediatric optometry, specialty contact lens fittings, anterior segment disorders, and refractive vision correction. Dr. Cortese has successfully planned and co-managed more than 17,000 laser procedures at this time.
Dr. Cortese is a mentor and lecturer with optometrists and Albany Medical Center’s ophthalmology residents as well as cornea fellows through Cornea Consultants of Albany. In 2014, he was named a research contributor for the National Keratoconus Foundation in Chicago and that same year began work with the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology. He designs specialty contact lenses for irregular corneas at Cornea Consultants of Albany and has concentrated in many areas of dry eye therapy.
Among other research areas, he was co-author on a paper utilizing the Oculus Pentacam tomographer. Dr. Cortese is a member of TLC’s Office of Research and Training Task Force and a current researcher for BlephEx where he is currently studying and collecting data on the BlephEx lid cleansing system prior to laser vision treatment.
Dr. Cortese lives with his wife and family in Saratoga Springs, NY.
to place a Restor Multifocal Lens
to provide dry eye diagnosis and treatment with LipiView and LipiFlow
to perform Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK and DMEK)
to perform Custom LASIK
to perform Blade-Free LASIK
to perform Stem Cell Transplantation
to perform Artificial Cornea (Keratoprosthesis)
to place Phakic IOL
to provide Corneal Cross-Linking for Keratoconus
to have Dry Eye Center of Excellence in the Capital District
Only practice to perform FDA trials in cataract and laser vision correction