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Dr. Gary Hirshfield

Ophthalmology
Fresh Meadows, NY
36 years experience

Locations

Office

Fresh Meadows, NY

Address

176-60 Union Turnpike, 110, Fresh Meadows, NY
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About

Bio

Dr. Gary Hirshfield is a graduate of Yale Medical School which is one of the finest schools in the Country. He trained in ophthalmology at the prestigious Manhattan, Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City. The hospital receives hundreds of applications each year for just 6 positions in their ophthalmic residency. It is one of the finest institutions of its type in the country. After four rigorous years of training in medicine and medical and surgical ophthalmology, Dr. Hirshfield spent two years as a resident instructor teaching the new generation of ophthalmologists. Teaching is still a big part of Dr. Hirshfield’s schedule. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is board certified in ophthalmology and holds a lifetime certificate. He has participated in developing board examinations and review questions for the American Academy of Ophthalmology board exam review course. He reviews peer reviewed literature for publication in journals. Currently he serves as president-elect of the New York State Ophthalmologic Society.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Doesn't matter: That's a high dose for chronic maintenance of dry eye. A dose of 25 or 50 mg is more common. The time of day is not important with this medication b... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Not sure: It is not likely to hurt you. However, if you are getting dilated so frequently it must be because you have some diagnosis that is being monitored cl... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Eye exercizes: There is no reason to exercize the eye that i can think of. It will not imporve vision are do anything else of benefit. I would be curious to know w... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Computer eye strain: Computer glasses are effective only if you have refractive error such as myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. If you are prepresbyopic(generally under f... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Floaters: Any change in floaters or new floaters or associated symptoms such as flashes or loss of vision require a full dilated exam by an eyemd to be sure the... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Visual hallucination: Visual hallucinations are an uncommon side affect of some psychoactive drugs. Digoxin in too HGH a dose can cause auras and visual symptoms.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Under eye circles: Unfortunately no. Avoid spending money on costly creams because they typically don't work. Sometimes dark circles can be a symptom of something else... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Lasik: Modern lasik only needs to be enhanced or repeated about 2 per cent of the time. If your eyes are not stable then don't have lasik. If you had lasik... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Lost contact: Sometimes you can flip your own eyelid and the lens will pop-out. Do not keep trying to remove it as you normally remove a contact because if the con... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Corneal ulcer: A corneal ulcer is a not uncommon complication of contact lens use. It is usually due to a bacterial infection and can appear as a white spot that is... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Eye pain studying: The mosty important thing is to get an eye exam to make sure you don't havae hyperopia or astigmatism. If you do then spectacles would help your symp... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Yes: Eye drops can irritate the eye due to the active ingrediants or the inactive ingredients and preservatives. The more you use drops the more irritatin... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Amblyopia: Treatment for amblyopia is mainly giving that eye its full correction for glasses and/or patching the better eye to stimulate the amblyopic eye. Surg... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Smoking: Sorry to be so flippant but it is only ok to smoke if you want to increase your risk of many many diseases including eye disease such as macular degen... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Dark adaptation: The pupils will constrict when going from dark to light to decreased the light coming in.This is immediate.Retinal adaptation is slower.You may notice... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Eyelash: See an eyemd who can evaluate it under a microscope(sli-lamp) and remove it safely without damage.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Blocked tear duct: A blocked tear duct is a very specific problem inthat you cannot figure out without an evaluation by an eyemd. If a tear duct is truly blocked then t... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Eye irritation: If blinking is causing a foreign body sensation you may have dry eyes, a corneal scratch or a foreign body or misdirected eyelash. You can try artifi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Vision loss: If the loss of vision is correctable by updating your glasses this may just be the normal progression of myopia(if you wear distance glasses) or presb... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Lasik: It is very common to have different vision in each eye as the healing and procedure varies. Just follow your post-op instructions and keep the eyes w... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Eyelid: If by jumping you mean a quivering and pulling of one or both eyelids in one eye this is likely to be due to myokymia.The muscles around the eye can d... Read More
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A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Lid crutches: Unfortunately this is a very difficult and progressive condition. An unusual but sometimes effective help with the eyelids closing are special glasse... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Probably not: There are two issues that need specific answers, one is do you really have double vision(that is seeing two separate or partially overlapping images a... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Yes: The active ingredient in Xalatan is latanoprost and there are several companies making generics. The problem with the generic is that while the activ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
No: A stye is usually not an infection but a tender swelling of a gland in the eyelid. Also called a chalazion. The treatment is warm compresses and som... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Not likely migairnes: The symptoms you described are not typical or common for a migraine however they could be. You may be describing, chronic tension, sinus problems, a ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Eye color: This may be congenital resulting from either horners syndrome or it could be a specific eye problem causing loss of pigment or atrophy of the iris of ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Hemifacial spasm: If the eye is forcibly closing with a contraction of the same side of the face and an upward moving of the lip then this may be hemifacial spasm. Thi... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Dark adaptation: The pupils will constrict when going from dark to light to decreased the light coming in.This is immediate.Retinal adaptation is slower.You may notice... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Eye muscle surgery: All surgery has some risk but eye muscle surgery as among the safest of all surgeries. If there is a need to have this surgery to correct eye alignme... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Blinking: Frequent blinking can result from problems with the ocular surface such as dry eyes, allergies and bepharitis. Getting treatment for these if present... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Yellow eyes: Jaundice resulting from liver disease can cause this. Far more common though is superficial pigmentation of the ocular tissues that appears yellow. ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Contact lenses: It may not be "normal" but it sure is common. Contact lenses can irritate the eyes due to dryness, allergy or poor material or fit. Sometimes contac... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Lazy eye: Can;t answer becuase i need to know what you mean by appearing to have a lazy eye. If you mean crossed eyes then it would be very unusual for contact... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Eye hemorrhage: If your are describing a redness confined to a segment of the white of one eye this may be a subconjunctival hemorrhage.These can be caused by trauma,... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Eyeglasses: The most important thing is to have a good refraction and eye exam to get an accurate prescription and this needs to be done by an eyemd..Then you nee... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Color blindness: Most color blindness is congenital and linked to the w chromosome. The rate is aound 7 per cent for boys and less than 1 per cent for girls. I am un... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Crossed eyes: That is two questions. In childhood a lazy eye needs to be treated so that vision can improve in that eye. Also, surgery in childhood not only helps ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Computer vision: First of all there is no evidence that computers harm eyes in any way whatsoever. To avoid symptoms you must use the proper glasses(only if you have ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Yes: If your liver is failing to the point of jaundice you may have many other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting fatigue, abdominal pain and others. But m... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hirshfield is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hirshfield is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! My wife did bunch of test hep ultra sound liver and kidney everything OK I heard fatigue could cause yellowish
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Yale University School of Medicine, CT
Graduated 1986MD
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