Dr. Lawrence A Yannuzzi MD, Ophthalmologist
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Dr. Lawrence A Yannuzzi MD

Ophthalmologist | Retina Specialist

950 3rd Ave 3rd floor New York NY, 10022



Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD

Dr. Yannuzzi is the founder of VRMNY Retina Centers In New York as well as vice-chairman and director of the LuEsther T. Mertz Retinal Research Center of the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital. He is also founder and president of The Macula Foundation, Inc., which has distributed several million dollars to eye research across the country.


Dr. Yannuzzi has made numerous innovative and lasting contributions in imaging, drug development, and therapeutic modalities. He was the first to use oral non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication for the treatment of cystoid macular edema and developed an eye drop to treat this condition. He has described new diseases as well as new associations and manifestations of established entities and photosensitization.


He has published over 400 scientific papers and 13 books, which have earned him respect and admiration in the ophthalmic-retinal community and retina specialists internationally. He is well recognized as a devoted and excellent educator, a superb clinical diagnostician, and a prolific organizer of retinal meetings worldwide.


Dr. Yannuzzi is among the best retina specialists in the country, the recipient of numerous awards, including:

  • America's Best Eye Doctor 2022 Award
  • An honorary doctorate by the University of Ancona
  • Michelson Award for Retinal Vascular Disease
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award by Boston University
  • Henkind Award
  • J. Donald M. Gass Lectureship
  • Patz Medals by The Macula Society
  • Alcon Research Award
  • Herman Wacker Award of the Club Jules Gonin
  • Arthur J. Bedelle Award
  • Retinal Research Award and the Gass Medal of the Retina Society
  • Bietti Medal
  • Pisart Award from the Lighthouse International
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology


Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School: Boston University
Ophthalmology Residency: Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital

Academic Appointments

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, NYU Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Columbia University


  • First to use oral nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication for the treatment of cystoid macular edema
  • Developed eye drop to treat cystoid macular edema
  • Pioneered use of ICG angiography for the management of retinal diseases
  • Wrote and published Retina Atlas, awarded the 2010 PROSE Award for Excellence in Medical Texts and the largest selling book in the history of Saunders publishing
  • Discovered new retinal diseases: polypoidal choroidal neovascularization, retinal angiomatous proliferation (type III neovascularization in agerelated macular degeneration), acute idiopathic maculopathy, focal retinal phlebitis, branch retinal vein occlusion, ampiginous relentless chorioretinitis, persistent placoid chorioretinopathy, foveal red dot syndrome
  • Reported newly recognized manifestations of old diseases: central serous chorioretinopathy, atrophic tracks in the retinal pigment epithelium and avulsion of the pigment epithelial detachment; macular telangiectasia, type 2; Goldmann Favre syndrome; cuticular drusen; acute polymorphous vitelliform maculopathy; bilateral Coats’ disease

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About Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York:



The ophthalmologists and retina specialists at Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York are internationally known leaders in diagnosing and treating retinal diseases.  

VRMNY retina doctors have trained and taught at some of the world's finest and most respected academic institutions. The physicians who comprise the best retina specialists in New York are experts in vitrectomy surgery and hold academic appointments at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York University, and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Our ophthalmologists in New York City specialize in treating all medical and surgical retinal conditions, emphasizing macular degeneration treatment and diabetic retinopathy, the two leading causes of retinal vision loss.

With state-of-the-art New York ophthalmology centers in Manhattan, VRMNY is the largest retina vitreous center in the New York Metropolitan area.

Our New York ophthalmologists and eye doctors publish more in the foremost peer-reviewed journals than any other private or academic group in the United States. The practice devotes its time and resources to research and developing new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.  Many current concepts in retinal disease and treatment recognized worldwide were invented at VRMNY.

The attention, empathetic concern, and careful approach of the eye care specialists and their support team of retina surgeons explain the success of VRMNY.  The over 60 member staff provides a full range of educational, medical, and surgical services.  With an emphasis on patient education, the staff delivers compassionate and empowering care.

For more information about the Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York, our doctors, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD, please contact our ophthalmology practice by number: (212) 861-9797.

Working Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8am–5pm

Payment: cash, check, credit cards.

Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York
950 3rd Ave 3rd floor,
New York, NY 10022

Tel: (212) 861-9797

Fax: (212) 628-0698



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Education and Training

Harvard College, Cambridge B.A. 1960

Boston University Medical Scho MD 1964

University Hospital, Boston Internship 1966

Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Ho Residency 1969

Board Certification

OphthalmologyAmerican Board of OphthalmologyABO

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Dr. Lawrence A Yannuzzi MD's Expert Contributions
  • 4 Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy

    Diabetes can cause a disease known as diabetic retinopathy. High blood sugar levels harm the blood vessels in the retina, a portion of the eye, causing this eye condition. Vision issues may result from this. Diabetes is the most frequent cause of vision loss and blindness in patients with the...

Areas of expertise and specialization



  • Diabetes
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Type 2 Diabetes

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