Patient Information

Your First Visit

Your first visit gives our doctors the opportunity to get to know you. The doctors will review your medical and ophthalmic history, address any issues that you may have with your eyes and perform a complete and thorough examination of your entire visual system.

You can expect to have your eyes dilated at this visit so that the doctors can examine your lens, vitreous, nerve, macula and retina. A typical new-patient examination takes over two hours. Your vision will be blurry for about four hours after this examination, and we recommend that you plan your day accordingly. The doctors may obtain advanced imaging or other specialized tests on the day of your examination or have you return for a follow-up visit, if necessary.

Once you arrive at our office, our staff will ask you to fill out a questionnaire and other forms. These forms are available for download through the following links and may be filled out at home prior to your visit.

If you are a returning patient, we will ask you to update our records with any changes in address, phone number or insurance coverage. This is important as we strive to keep our files as current as possible. We will also ask you to provide us with your insurance ID card(s), as we keep copies of these as part of your chart.


Making an appointment is as easy as calling our office at 212-650-0400 or using our convenient Request an Appointment form. We welcome patients from Scarsdale, Chappaqua and Manhattan, New York, Newark, New Jersey, Greenwich, Connecticut and neighboring areas. If you must cancel an appointment for any reason, please give us at least 24 hours’ advance notice so that we can accommodate another patient and reschedule you to a more favorable time.


If you have a question about billing or a particular bill, our support staff will be happy to help you.


    • Flexible CareCredit® financing
    • Most insurance accepted & filed
    • Convenient location
    • Flexible appointments


We accept and file most major health insurance and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about specific types of coverage.

Dr. Mandelbaum accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, HMO, EPO, Horizon Blue Shield, United/ Oxford and Medicare.

In an attempt to keep your medical costs as reasonable as possible, we participate with most major insurance carriers. Please recognize that this substantially reduces the fees that we are paid. As such, we need to see a higher volume of patients than if we did not participate with insurance. This may lead to longer wait times than we would like, but that is the only way we can provide the personalized care and lower costs.

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 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

  • 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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Alexandra Herzlich, MD

Dr. Herzlich specializes in medical and surgical treatment of corneal diseases and laser refractive surgery. A New York City native, Dr. Herzlich attended Georgetown University...

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