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Eye Surgeon Passes Monumental Surgery Mark

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – The Westchester Medical Center announced Monday that one of its top Ophthalmologic Surgeons passed a monumental mark.  Dr. Gerald Zaidman performed his 3000th corneal transplant procedure late last week, according to a statement released by the medical center.

“Sight, through donated corneas is a very generous gift.  With the help of the New York Eye Bank for Sight Restoration we have been able to provide the gift of sight to many people over the years,” said Zaidman in a statement.

Zaidman performed the procedure on a three year old girl from Bayside, NY on December 1.  The patient was born with a dermoid cyst on her cornea, causing partial blindness.

According to the medical center’s website, Zaidman has been practicing Ophthalmology for 31 years.  He and his team at the center account for nearly 7 percent of all pediatric cornea transplants in the United States.

“Among thousands of corneal specialists in the country, only a few hundred of us routinely perform pediatric corneal transplants,” said Zaidman.

Cornea transplant surgery replaces the clear front window of the eye that covers the colored iris and pupil and can be a very difficult procedure on a young child as their eyes are not fully developed.

Westchester Medical Center has more than 900 physicians and 3,300 healthcare professionals. The center serves more than 120,000 patients each year.

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