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Dr. Craig J. Moskowitz

Dr. Craig J. Moskowitz, MD

Castle Connolly Top Doctor Since: 2016
Now Accepting New Patients
(212) 475-9797
About Dr. Craig J. Moskowitz
Professional Statement
Craig J. Moskowitz, MD, FRCSC, is a dually board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist at Moskowitz Eye Care in New York. Dr. Moskowitz is an expert in no-cut laser vision correction (refractive surgery), particularly in advanced surface ablation (ASA).

Dr. Moskowitz medically and/or surgically treats conditions that include cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, chronic dry eye, computer vision syndrome, and keratoconus, a rare corneal condition.

Dr. Moskowitz takes great pride in the highly personalized, uncommon caliber of patient care he provides.

“We genuinely care about our patients and treat them like family,” Dr. Moskowitz says. “In many practices, patients only see their eye surgeons at the time of surgery, and that’s just not who we are. No matter the issue, I’m with patients from their first consultation all the way through their ‘graduation.’ My laser vision correction patients have my cell phone number and know that I’m always available.”

Using the most advanced portable ophthalmology equipment, he provides concierge ophthalmic home visits in New York City and the tri-state area for patients who prefer care in the comfort of their own home or office. He is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Dr. Moskowitz earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. He completed his medical training and a four-year ophthalmology residency at Royal Victoria Hospital (McGill University) in Montreal, Canada.

He completed a cornea/anterior segment fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, before receiving additional training in advanced cataract and refractive surgical techniques at the famed Agarwal Eye Institute.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Moskowitz is a member of professional organizations that include the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Moskowitz is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and was named a Top Surgeon in 2018 by the International Association of Health Care Professionals. He is a father of two young children.
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Board Certification
Training and Faculty Appointments
Medical School
Northeast Ohio Medical University, 2000
McGill Univ
Ophthalmology, 2005 - 2006
OSU Med Ctr
Cornea & Refractive Surgery, 2000 - 2005
* Dates are self-reported data
Practice Locations
Moskowitz Eye Care
114 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021
Q&A with the doctor

Why is advanced surface ablation a safer refractive surgery than LASIK?

Unlike LASIK eye surgery, advanced surface ablation (ASA) doesn’t involve cutting a “flap” of corneal tissue. Instead, we use excimer lasers to work directly on the eye surface and alter the shape of the cornea, which improves vision.

ASA is appropriate for many people who aren’t candidates for LASIK, and by not cutting that tissue flap, it’s proven to be about ten times safer in terms of long-term patient complications, in particular, dry eyes and night vision problems.

That said, we’re very selective in who we operate on. I definitely turn down patients who aren’t good surgical candidates or if there’s any risk that they won’t have a great outcome.

Are dry eyes more common in people who’ve had refractive laser surgery?

People are tough on their eyes — especially with so many of us looking at screens all the time — and about 50 percent of adults suffer from dry eyes whether they’ve had any sort of eye surgery or not.

Dry eye is a well-documented side effect of LASIK. By eliminating the flap-cutting step that is part of LASIK, the chances of developing dry eyes are drastically reduced.

How common is keratoconus, and how do you treat it?

Keratoconus is a fairly rare condition in which the cornea takes the shape of a cone instead of its typical sphere shape. The corneal tissue becomes lax, leading to a bulge of the cornea. This results in blurred vision that often progresses.

Early stages of keratoconus can be treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses. More advanced progressive cases can be treated with collagen cross-linking (CXL). This is an out-patient procedure that uses riboflavin, ultraviolet light, and collagen to stiffen the cornea. CXL is a much less invasive keratoconus treatment than those used in the past and has had excellent results with improved visual acuity and slowed progression.
Awards and Credentials
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCSC) of Canada
op Ophthalmologist in New York by the International Association of Ophthalmologists
The Leading Physicians of the World
Regional Guides
Top Doctors: New York Metro Area (book series): 18th Edition
Top Doctors New York Metro Area (digital guide): 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
New York Magazine: Top Doctors: 2021, 2022
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Hospital Information
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
310 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003
(646) 512-9421

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE)Founded in 1820 and now one of the world’s leading facilities for treating diseases of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) combines a rich history of specialty care with award-winning clinical excellence in order to serve our community, as well as patients from the Tri-State area, across the nation, and internationally. In addition to our main campus near Union Square, NYEE is growing a network of satellite offices and freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, making access to the newest diagnostic services, advanced treatments, and clinical trials more convenient to our patients’ workplaces and homes.

In addition to providing skilled primary through tertiary care, NYEE is home to breakthrough clinical research that has introduced now widely practiced diagnostic and surgical techniques. Our physicians are also passing the tradition of excellence onto future generations through highly competitive residency programs in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, plus dozens of post-graduate ophthalmology fellowship positions. Through this combination of superb patient care, innovative research, and rigorous education, NYEE is maintaining a leadership position in the fields of ophthalmology, otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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