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An Update for Patients ā€“ COVID-19

Our patientsā€™ health is our top priority and we have taken several steps to keep you, our staff and our doctors safe.

Currently, we are seeing only urgent and emergency cases in our offices. Our target date to open for is May 18th.

If you have a scheduled appointment after this date, you will receive a phone call prior to your appointment during which time the staff will ask a series of questions related to your health to ensure that you are in the best health to attend your appointment.

Upon arrival to the office, you have two options:

  1. Call the office and we will call you when to come into the office for check in.
  2. Enter office to check in and based on waiting room occupancy you can wait in office or return to your car to be called in when the waiting room has less patients.

If you must wait in the waiting room, we have taken several steps to practice safe distancing including the limitation of patients allowed in the waiting room, spaced out seating and rigorous cleaning.

Please come alone, or if you need an essential companion for mobility or communication purposes, please limit this to only one person.

All patients (and essential companions) will be asked to wear a medical-grade mask into the office.

If you do not have a medical-grade mask, our staff will provide you with one upon entry to the office.

Only patients and necessary staff are allowed in exam rooms.

We continue to practice environmental hygiene and disinfect exam rooms between patients and all other areas in our office on a frequent basis.

Most of all, we want you ā€“ our patients ā€“ to stay healthy. If you have any questions, please call our office staff for assistance.

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Welcome to Palisade Eye

Whether you need a comprehensive eye exam, cataract surgery or want to learn about a bladeless LASIK procedure, you can be assured that the medical team of board certified ophthalmologists at Palisade Eye is here to assist you. We are committed to providing expert medical care using the latest technology and advanced training in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

We pride ourselves in taking the time to explain your condition and treatment options. We will guide you through the entire treatment process and answer any questions that you may have. Our staff is very attentive to an individual's needs and we treat our patients with those needs in mind.

As dedicated eye care professionals, we recognize the trust our patients place in us and it is our mission to meet and exceed those expectations. If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions, please call us at the number listed above.

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Betty Cervenak, MD

Betty A. Cervenak, MD is a life long resident of New Jersey. She went to St. Aloysius Academy followed by St. Peter' s College. Before she went to New York Medical College, she did a research fellowship at Cornell University. Her internship and residency was at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. She is board certified and is a member of the American Academy of Opthalmology, Contact Lens Society of America, and Research to prevent Blindness and Women in Ophthalmology. She has a strong interest and expertise in Dry Eye Syndrome as well as the hard to fit contact lens wearer.

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Anthony Panariello, MD

Anthony L. Panariello, MD was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey. He went to St. Peter's Prep and St. Peter's College. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College. His residency in Ophthalmology was at UMD-NJ. After residency, he did a research fellowship at Columbia University ,NY. He is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract/Refractive Surgery. Having been in practice in Jersey City for over 30 years, he has performed more than 10,000 cataract procedures. He uses the most current techniques And is certified to implant the Alcon Restor and Toric lenses.

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Ganesh Rau, MD

Dr. Ganesh Rau, M.D. was raised in Northern New Jersey and went to New Jersey Medical School. Dr Rau is a cornea trained ophthalmic surgeon. He is board certified and attended New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for his residency training. Dr. Rau followed his residency with a cornea and external eye disease fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. He has expertise in Intralase (bladeless) laser vision correction, micro incisional cataract surgery, full thickness corneal transplant, multifocal intraocular lenses, and endothelial keratoplasty(DSEK).

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Kunjal Modi, MD

Kunjal Modi, M.D. was raised in northern New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University for medical school, as well as for his residency training, where he served as the chief resident. Dr. Modi completed a fellowship in medical and surgical glaucoma at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. Dr. Modi has expertise in cataract surgery, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), as well as the latest techniques in medical, laser, and surgical glaucoma.

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Brian Brazzo, MD

Dr. Brazzo is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon who is recognized as one of the most experienced oculoplastic and cosmetic surgeons in the New York area. Dr. Brazzo is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania, and has completed numerous residencies and extensive training in ophthalmic and facial plastic surgery. He is a sought-after lecturer and an author, with several articles and papers to his name.

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Kurt T. Jackson, MD

Dr. Kurt Jackson is our vitreous-retinal surgeon. While serving in the U.S. Army as a medic for four years and an eye technician for two years, Dr. Jackson received a US Army Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and a National Defense MedalDr. Jackson was accepted into the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he graduated in 2003 with his medical doctorate degree. He continued at Albert Einstein College of Medicine to pursue his residency training in Ophthalmology, which he completed in 2007. Dr. Jackson completed his two year Vitreous-Retinal Fellowship at South Texas Retina Consultants in Corpus Christi, TX. Dr. Jackson also practices at the Retina Center of New Jersey.

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Ceaser Pitta, MD

In Memoriam, 2/1/1947 - 9/1/2016

Dr. Ceaser Pitta was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He went to St. Francis College in Brooklyn and then the Medical College of Virgina. He came to New jersey to do his Ophthalmology Residency at UMDNJ in Newark.

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