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About NYC Pupil

At NYC Pupil, each member of our vision care team is selected by Dr. Ilana Gelfond-Polnariev based upon his or her experience, professional demeanor, and dedication to providing personalized care to our patients.

Our entire Staten Island optometry staff is committed to ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of each and every patient. We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointment times that meet your needs. Our knowledgeable staff at NYC Pupil will work with you to help you understand your vision insurance coverage and provide financial alternatives to ensure you get the best vision care possible.


The name was chosen due to its significant double meaning. The pupil is an essential part to our visual system. The pupil is the opening in the center of the eye that allows light to enter, and for the ‘brain’ to see the world. The pupil, or student cannot learn well if their vision is impaired.

For over 15 years, I have been treating patients and promoting comprehensive eye exams. My passion is in vision therapy and head trauma rehabilitation for both children and adults. I am a Developmental Optometrist, Board Certified by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD). I continue to publish and present to various local Staten Island organizations on the importance of vision and learning.

Continuing to learn from ongoing research and collaboration with other professionals will benefit the patients that I treat.

We offer the following services:

  • Pediatric & Adult Comprehensive Eye Exams
  • Functional Visual Exams & Treatment to improve focusing, tracking, & eye-teaming
  • Visual Processing Evaluations & Treatments for impaired visual pathways to enhance learning
  • Measuring & Fitting for Contact Lenses