Our Optometrists in Liverpool & Fayetteville New York
Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision — many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.
Our optometrists will take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet Our Eye Doctors:
Dr. Richard Malara has been providing personalized, professional care to the people of Central New York since 1992. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oral Roberts University and then his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He has been involved in numerous “Gift of Sight” community service projects as well as 7 overseas medical missions projects. Dr. Malara is a yearly participant in the “Save Your Vision” campaign through the American Optometric Association. With roots in this area and graduating from Faith Heritage School in Syracuse, NY, he is giving back to the community he grew up in.
Dr. Matthew Durkin grew up in the Rochester, NY area where he graduated from Webster High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Gannon University and salutatorian from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Durkin has practiced optometry in Norwich, NY, Albany, NY and Syracuse, NY since 1999. We are excited to utilize his expertise in comprehensive medical eye exams, contact lens fitting, children and adult vision care, low vision therapy, and geriatric care. He desires to educate and inform patients as he goes through the examination process.
I obtained my Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from the University of Montreal School of Optometry, in Canada. After graduating in 2016, I had the desire to deepen my knowledge in research and glaucoma. I moved to New York to pursue a Combined Residency and Graduate degree at SUNY College of Optometry. I obtained my Master in vision science in 2018. During my graduate studies, I presented multiple talks and posters in international conferences (ie ARVO, International Perimetric Society) with my advisor Mitchel W. Dul, Jose-Manuel Alonso, and Qasim Zaidi. My research focused on psychophysical abnormalities in early stages of glaucoma. During my clinical training, I had the opportunity to precept students in primary care, low vision, and glaucoma clinic; through this experience, I discovered my passion for teaching. Currently I work at a private practice in Upstate New York. I have a heart for eye care mission works; I believe that my proficiency in English, French, and Mandarin will be useful in caring for the marginalized population.