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      Dr. DeRespinis established Pediatric Eye Care of Staten Island in 1988. He was awarded a in Biology and Philosophy from NYU.  After 2 years of study in Mexico he completed his medical training at New York University followed by an internship in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital, Flushing (formerly Booth Memorial Medical Center). His residency in Ophthalmology was completed at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. He then went on to complete his Fellowship training at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in New York City where he is also on staff as an attending physician.  Dr. DeRespinis is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at UMDNJ and Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Staten Island University Hospital.  

     Dr. Pearlstein joined Dr. DeRespinis in 1992.  She was awarded a B.S. degree in biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stonybrook (summa cum laude) where she also received her Medical degree from SUNY/Stonybrook School of Medicine.  She then went on to do her internship in medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center followed by a Research Fellowship in Corneal Diseases at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Pearlstein then returned to LIJ Medical Center to complete a Residency in Ophthalmology where she also served as Chief Resident in her final year.  She then completed a Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship at Montefiore Hospital in NYC and an extra year of Pediatric Ophthalmology training under the guidance of Dr. DeRespinis.
  • AMA Physician's Recognition Award
  • AAO Board of Trustees Achievement Award
  • Castle & Connelly's Top Doctors of NY/Metro Area, Top Pediatric Specialists, America' Top Surgeons, America's Top Ophthalmologists
  • U.S. News and World Report's Top Doctors
  • UMDNJ Residency Training Award
  • Editorial Board - Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
  • Strathmore's Who's Who in Healthcare
  • Fellow - American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow - American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow - American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
  • Greater NY Society for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
  • NY State and Richmond County Medical Societies
  • NY State Ophthalmological Society

(selected from over 90 articles, abstracts and posters)

DeRespinis PA and Wagner RS:  Peter's anomaly in a father and son.  Am J Ophthalmol 1987; 104: 545.

DeRespinis PA, Naidu E and Brodie SE:  Photoevaluation of strabismus: a trial under clinical conditions. Ophthalmol 1989; 96(7): 944-949.

DeRespinis, PA, Caputo AR, Fiore P and Wagner RS:  A survey of severe eye injuries in children.  Am J Dis Children 1989; 143(6); 711-716.

DeRespinis PA, Shen J and Wagner RS:  Guillain-Barre' syndrome presenting as paralysis of accommodation.  Arch Ophthalmol  1989; 107(9): 1282.

DeRespinis PA:  Cyanoacrylate nail glue mistaken for eye drops. J Am Med Assoc  1990; 263(17):  2301.

DeRespinis PA and Frohman LH:  Microwave popcorn:  Ocular injury caused by steam.  New Eng J Med 1990; 323(17): 1212.

DeRespinis PA, Caputo AR, Wagner RS and Guo S:  Duane's Retraction Syndrome:  a comprehensive review.  Surv Ophthalmol  1993; 38: 257-288.

DeRespinis PA, Norden RA and Rispoli LC:  Posterior polymorphous dystrophy associated with astigmatism and amblyopia in children - report of 4 cases. J Cornea & Refractive Surg  1996; 12(6):  709-714.

DeRespinis PA:  Eyeglasses:  why and when do children need them?  Pediatr Annals  2001; 30(8): 455-461.

Guo S, Caputo AR, Wagner RS and DeRespinis PA:  Enhanced visualization of capsulorhexis with Indocyanine green staining in pediatric white cataracts.  J Pediatr Ophthamol and Strabismus  2003; 40(5): 268-271.

Duss CV, Maxwell DN, Guo S, DeRespinis PA and Wagner RS:
Role of optical coherence tomography in the evaluation of foveal hypoplasia in pediatric nystagmus.  J Amer Assoc Pediatr Ophthalmol and Strabismus  2006: 10(1); 83. 

  • AMA Physicians Recognition Award
  • Castle & Connelly's Top Ophthalmologists in America
  • Strathmore's Who's Who in Healthcare
  • Global Directory of Who's Who


  • Fellow - American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow - American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
  • American Medical Association
  • NY State and Richmond County Medical Society
  • NY State Ophthalmological Society
  • Research to Prevent Blindness


Maisel JM, Pearlstein CS, Adams WH and Heotis PM:  Large optic discs in the Marshallese population.  Am J Ophthlmol 1990; 107: 2: 145-150.

Pearlstein CS, Holland EJ and Chan C:  Ocular toxicity of Suramin.  Investigative Ophthalmol & Vis Science  1990; 31(suppl): 542.

Tchah H, Holland EJ, Pearlstein CS, Skelnik D, Chan C, Ni M and Lindstrom RL:  Modifications of corneal MHC antigen expression by various corneal storage methods.  Ophthalmology & Vis Science  1989; 330(suppl): 341.

Perlstein CS, Lane SS and Lindstrom RL:  The incidence of posterior  capsulotomy in convex posterior vs. convex anterior chamber intraocular lenses. J of Cataract & Refractive Surg  Sept. 1998; 14(5): 578-579.

Pearlstein CS and Lindstrom RL:  Suture related complications in penetrating keratoplasty.  Investigative Ophthalmol & Vis Science  1998; 29(suppl): 113.

Skelnik DL, Pearlstein CS, Mindrup EA and Lindstrom RL:  Preservation at 4 degrees with Chondoitin sulfate containing medium supplemented with Dextran and epidermal growth factor.  Investigative Ophthalmol & Vis Science 1988; 29(suppl): 111.

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