Dr. Elina Dorfman Levy is an optometrist at Drexel Eye Physicians. She provides optometric care including eye examinations, soft and hard contact lens fittings, and treats various ocular diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and dry eyes.
Tell us a little bit about yourself before optometry school.
I was born in Kazakhstan and speak Russian fluently. I grew up in Minnesota in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," and received my undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas.
Why did you want to pursue optometry?
I have always had a strong interest in science and began shadowing an optometrist while in high-school. I quickly learned that the eyes are a fascinating window to the body, which provides the opportunity to assess overall health. This captivated me! Mostly, I discovered that I greatly enjoy interacting with patients, forming a relationship and improving their quality of life.
What are some conditions you treat?
I provide comprehensive eye examinations, giving a thorough analysis of the patient's visual system. I treat near-sightedness, far-sightedness and presbyopia with eyeglasses. I conduct both soft contact and specialty scleral lens fittings for spherical, astigmatism, multifocal and for patients with keratoconus. I diagnose and treat ocular disease, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, flashes/floaters, dry eye and cataracts.
What are some of your interests outside of work?
I am a proud Philadelphian and passionate about my community. I am highly involved in supporting the museums and arts. In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and water skiing. I am also an avid reader and world traveler.
Why did you choose to work for Drexel Medicine?
I absolutely love working for Drexel Medicine! It is an extremely supportive, kind and caring environment. Patients' health, happiness and well-being are our top priority. Our office is filled with all of the latest technology, and we practice evidence based medicine to deliver the best possible care. The physicians work closely together to treat the individual as a whole, and are constantly inspired through teaching and learning opportunities.
Name: Elina Dorfman Levy, OD
Education: OD - Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University (2015); BA in Biology, magna cum laude - College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kansas (2010)
Drexel Eye Physicians
219 N. Broad Street
The Arnold T. Berman, MD Building, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215.762.EYES (3937)