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 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.
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