Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Robert Schultze
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.
Dr. Robert Eden
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. 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. Nicolette Casale
Dr. Nicolette Casale graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2014. She completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, where she was a part of the Inaugural Scholars Accelerated Optometry Program. Dr. Casale graduated with honors and was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award. She completed externship training at the Liva Eye Center, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center and the Berkshire Eye Center.
Dr. Casale practices full scope optometry including diagnosing and treating various ocular diseases, post-operative care, and routine eye care. She has experience with diagnosis and management of diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma as well as various anterior segment disorders, including dry eye syndrome. Dr. Casale is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, New York State Optometric Association, and the AmericanOptometric Association.
Alina Balasa, OD.
Dr. Alina Balasa has recently joined the Corneal Consultants of Albany team as a residency trained optometrist. A native of New Jersey, she received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. While enrolled, she earned clinical honors from all of her external rotation sites. Post graduation, Dr. Balasa completed an Ocular Disease Residency at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Dr. Balasa earned her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University where she was also a member of the Women’s Tennis Team.
Since completing residency Dr. Balasa has worked in private practice as well as within a large multi-disciplinary health care system. She has also completed her board certification in Optometry. Prior to joining Cornea Consultants of Albany, Dr. Balasa was an attending optometrist at the Baltimore VA Medical Center where she worked closely supervising residents and students. Here she gained extensive experience managing all aspects of ocular disease, including dry eye syndrome, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
Dr. Balasa practices full scope optometry including diagnosing and treating various ocular diseases, pre and post-operative care, and routine eye care. In her free time, Dr. Balasa enjoys playing tennis, hiking, rock climbing and traveling with her husband.
Lisa Nunez, RN
Cornea care of Albany would like to welcome Lisa Nunez, Registered Nurse, to the Eye for Beauty team, located inside of the Center for Eye Care Excellence building.
Lisa comes to us with over two decades of experience and as a specialist in medical aesthetics. She is honored to offer her expertise in injectable treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers, Kybella for double chin, PRP treatment for thinning hair, body contouring and medical skincare treatment, as well as complimentary skin complexion analysis to both new and current patients.