Richard J. Mackool, MD is the founder and Director of The Mackool Eye Institute and Laser Center in Queens, which was the first eye care center in New York to provide eye surgery and laser treatment without the need for hospitalization. He is an internationally recognized expert on microsurgery of the eye and has maintained his practice in ophthalmology since 1973. He is a professor of ophthalmic surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and NYU Medical Center.
An inventor of computerized microsurgical instruments and techniques for cataract removal, nearsightedness, and astigmatism, Dr. Mackool has published many scientific papers and textbooks and has been granted more than 50 patents. He has lectured throughout the United States and abroad and eye surgeons from every continent have traveled to New York to attend courses conducted by Dr. Mackool.
Dr. Mackool has performed more than 70,000 microsurgical procedures, specializing in lens implants, small incision, no stitch cataract surgery, laser vision correction, corneal transplants, and vitreous microsurgery.
Dr. Mackool was named on Newsweek’s America’s Best Eye Doctors 2022 list and has been repeatedly named in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in NY”, American Health Magazine’s “Best Doctors in the US” and also by Ophthalmology Times as one of the 10 best ophthalmic surgeons in the U.S.