Samantha Rao, OD

Samanta Rao, ODDr. Samantha Rao is a residency-trained optometrist who provides full scope eye health and vision care. She is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Optometry where she graduated with honors as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa and Gold Key International optometric honor societies. She has completed internships focusing on ocular disease, specialty contact lenses and pediatrics at Woodhull Medical Center, the VA Medical Center of Connecticut, and Fromer Eye Centers. Following her internship training, Dr. Rao completed a residency with advanced training in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Rao specializes in fitting contact lenses of all kinds, including custom corneal gas permeable and scleral lenses for patients with astigmatism, keratoconus, corneal disease, dry eye, and patients who have undergone corneal surgeries and transplants. Dr. Rao helps many of her patients who have struggled with contacts in the past to find the perfect fit to get them comfortable and seeing optimally in their contact lenses. Dr. Rao’s other clinical interests include ocular disease, dry eye and glaucoma, and she provides pre- and post-operative care for ocular surgeries including cataract surgery. Dr. Rao is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

Dr. Rao is also passionate about expanding access to eye care in underserved communities. She has traveled to Nicaragua and Mexico on three medical mission trips to provide free exams and glasses to patients in rural areas with little access to medical care.

In her spare time Dr. Rao enjoys traveling, seeing Broadway shows, and exploring New York City. Dr. Rao speaks English and conversational Spanish.

Surgical Services

  • Cataract

    A cataract forms when the naturally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy.

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  • Laser Vision Correction

    Did you know? You can have LASIK for nearsightedness, farsightedness,...

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  • Corneal Transplant

    The cornea is the transparent front wall of the eye. A variety of conditions...

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  • DSAEK

    DSAEK is short for Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty...

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  • DMEK

    DMEK is short for Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty. This procedure is...

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  • Collagen Cross-Linking

    When the cornea becomes weakened by keratoconus, another corneal disease or...

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  • Pterygium

    A pterygium is a wing-shaped growth on the eye’s conjunctiva that extends...

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  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction

    Unlike your body’s surface skin coverage, the ocular surface of your eyes is...

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Medical Services

  • Glasses and Custom Contacts

    Contact lenses are a great alternative for people who don’t want to wear eyeglasses.

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  • Dry Eyes

    Dry eye is a catch-all term referring to ocular surface disease. With ocular...

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  • Blepharitis

    Blepharitis, or meibomian gland dysfunction, may cause irritation of...

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  • Diabetic Eyes

    Diabetic eye disease is actually a group of conditions that affect people...

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  • Macular Degeneration

    Macular degeneration, also called age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)...

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  • Diagnostic Tools

    Eastside Eye Surgeons uses leading-edge technology for the evaluation and...

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  • Vision Disorders

    From amblyopia (lazy eye) to uveitis (inflammation of the middle eye), there...

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  • Eye Exams

    Drs. Sid Mandelbaum perform comprehensive eye examinations.

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Sid Mandelbaum, MD, FACS

Dr. Sid Mandelbaum has been in practice in New York since 1986. After completing his undergraduate work at Columbia University, he went on to receive his medical degree...

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Michael Borodkin, MD

Dr. Michael J. Borodkin is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine...

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Samantha Rao, OD

Dr. Samantha Rao is a residency-trained optometrist who provides full scope eye health and vision care. She is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Optometry...

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