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Dr. Laura Cozzarelli

Ophthalmology
New York, NY
27 years experience female

Locations

Office

New York, NY

Address

110 East 59th Street, Suite 9D, New York, NY
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Laura Cozzarelli, M.D.

New York, NY

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Ophthalmology

Licenses

United States: New York

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

95 Answers
111 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Maybe..: A common reason for a focal area of swelling and tenderness on the eyelid is acne-like clogging of glands on the lid, causing a stye or a chalazion. ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
This could help: It depends what the dark circles are from. Some people inherit them to some degree, but other times environmental factors such as lack of sleep or al... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Yes: Both brands have different formulations: some are just artificial tears, and some 'get the red out'. The 'red out' ones have vasoconstrictors in them... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Possible causes: The skin around the eyelid is very thin and prone to swelling and fluid retention. It could be swelling from inflammation (e.g., allergy eye, conta... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Maybe..: It depends what the dark circles are from. Some people inherit them to some degree, but other times environmental factors such as lack of sleep or al... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Sometimes: If the reason for your poor vision is a refractive error (i.e., can be corrected with glasses), then many times pinhole glasses can improve vision. T... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Several things..: If it is in fact corectopia, and not esotropia or pseudoesotropia, then the causes include progressive iris atrophy and other rare developmental anoma... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Optical illusion: It's very unlikely that your eyeballs are shrinking. What is probably happening is swelling of your eyelid area (e.g., from allergies or thyroid issu... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Can't say, but..: The top thing that comes to my mind is allergy/sinus issues. Any time your throat feels tight, your breathing is potentially compromised (obviously n... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Blue sclera: What you are most likely noticing is something called blue sclera, in areas where the tough white connective tissue covering the eye (sclera) is thin ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Yes, but...: Cod liver oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamins a, d, and e, and is a very helpful supplement in general. All of these are... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Use protection!: The light with welding can be very intense and can cause thermal and photochemical damage to the eyes which can be permanent. You're probably ok, but... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Likely unrelated: Is it much blacker than your other eye? Often heredity, lack of sleep or allergies of the eye/nasal sinus area can contribute to dark circles. Getti... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
See MD: It seems there are 2 issues: the eye and the weight. Eye tearing/discharge in an infant can be normal when one of the valves draining the tears into... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Several reasons..: The skin around the eyelid is very thin and prone to swelling and fluid retention. It could be swelling from inflammation (e.g., allergy eye, contac... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Several things..: Eye/forehead aching is sometimes due to ocular surface problems (e.g., dry eye, allergy eye) because the cornea is exquisitely sensitive. If the pain... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Another possibility: Besides the answer above... Your brother could simply be experiencing chemosis of the conjunctiva, which is when clear fluid builds up over the white... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Aging, mostly: Most of the time floaters appear as a natural consequence of getting older, like seeing the first wrinkle in your forehead. If, however you see float... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
It depends.: Children who have an impaired view through one eye (e.g., from having a crossed eye, having a radically different glasses rx in one eye vs. The other,... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Yellow eyes: In darker-skinned people, there is sometimes pigment contained within the conjunctiva (clear, vascular layer of the eye covering the white part) that ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Not recommended, but: Travatan and similar drugs that grow the lashes have side effects that can leave the lid skin hyperpigmented. For that reason, it is not recommended ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Several things..: The skin around the eyelid is very thin and prone to swelling and fluid retention. It could be swelling from inflammation (e.g., allergy eye, contac... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Probably: Most topical medications are pregnancy category c, meaning safety was not tested in pregnant/nursing women. An exception to this is lastacaft, (alcaft... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Sinusitis: Sounds like you may have a sinus infection. Try taking over-the-counter preparations with decongestants (if you have no heart conditions that contrai... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Nope..: The things you listed are certainly helpful in diagnosing and following glaucoma, but they are all designed to measure anatomic structures and their c... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Yes!: I actually treated my ear with eye drops several weeks ago, and they worked like a charm :).
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
First of all, ouch.: You may well have a corneal abrasion (scrape). These can be extremely painful and cause blurring and tearing, but usually heal on their own. It's sa... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Suggestions: Besides going to a doctor and getting rx drops, you can try over the counter drops like alaway or zaditor, (ketotifen) and use them 2-4 times a day. ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Sounds like lid tic: Common reasons for an eyelid tic (myokymia) are stress, lack of sleep, alcohol, too many stimulants (e.g., coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks/pills) an... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Could be allergy..: Most of the time eye itchiness signifies allergy in the eye. You can first try cool compresses and artificial tears to wash the allergens out. If ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Yes: As long as you take the travatan at around the same time on most days, it's ok. 2-3 hours later on a few days isn't going to make much difference. J... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Could be allergy..: Most of the time eye itchiness signifies allergy in the eye, but heavy green/yellow discharge is not normal for allergy and may be from an infection t... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Allergy: It may help to look carefully at all of the ingredients in that eyeshadow, because it's likely just one or two of the ingredients that are causing you... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Many products, but: I don't know any that work well. Some people inherit dark circles to some degree, but other times it's from anemia or environmental factors such as l... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Would be best: What you most likely have is a chalazion, not a stye. The lump can press on your eye and cause blurring via astigmatism, or it can also blur and irri... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Best guesses: This is tough to answer without seeing you...It could be vitiligo, an autoimmune skin-depigmenting disease. If the demarcation line between lighter a... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Yellow eyes: In darker-skinned people, there is sometimes pigment contained within the conjunctiva (clear, vascular layer of the eye covering the white) that can m... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
When: When you feel anxious, close your eyes and count to 10 slowly while inhaling deeply with each count.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Cook: Cook with simple foods; the less processed the better; makes for better taste.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Depends: I'm assuming you mean halos around objects in your vision, like lights. Halos occur when any of the light rays entering your eye get scattered on the... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Most of the time.: A retinal tear, if found early (while the retina is still attached), can be lasered to stabilize it. The laser acts like a staple gun to prevent furt... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Tune: Tune out that critical voice inside your head that's always telling you you're not good enough!
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Some suggestions...: Common reasons for an eyelid tic (myokymia) are stress, lack of sleep, alcohol, too many stimulants (e.g., coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks/pills) an... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Need 2 MDs...: Although systemic steroids prescribed by your internist/rheumatologist can help with iritis, it's important to have an eye md (ophthalmologist) follow... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
See an MD: Are you diagnosed with seizure disorder? It's normal to feel groggy and 'out of it' for a while after a seizure, but severe headaches don't necessari... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Vision surgery: There is no set age limit for when you can get laser corrective surgery (e.g., lasik, lasek, prk), but generally speaking it's best to have your eyegl... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Not sure : It would help to know where exactly in the eye you are bleeding, but in any case it's not normal. The most benign area of eye bleeding is a subconjun... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Any type can, but: Typically a narrow-angle/angle-closure types cause rapid visual loss. This type of glaucoma is symptomatic (eye pain, blurriness, nausea), although b... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Possible causes: Causes that immediately come to mind are: 1- frontal sinus congestion (does it hurt more when you move your head around, or if you press up on the bon... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
A good refraction: A careful refraction ("which is better, 1...Or 2?") by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist is needed to obtain a glasses rx. You'd then need to have ... Read More

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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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Thank you notes
May 14, 2013
She is just outstanding. That is why is my eye doc. I would send any family member to her.
she is great! One of the best ophthalmologists in New York City.
Mar 28, 2013
She is great. Love her. Very competent!
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Food allergy may not be the one. If i do not expose aircon or cool wind, my lips r ok. But i will try the medicine & eli-diet. Thanks a lot.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! But her eyes are well aligned. She does not look cross always. Only while watching Tv and thinking something
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Dr. It is on upper eyelid..it is soft painless irregular small shaped...causes csmetic problem..no other symptom.patient age is 55 yr lady

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell University

Awards

Patient's Choice Award: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Compassionate Doctor Award: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Top Ophthalmologist , Third Place, New York - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy Of Ophthalmology (AAO)
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