Our Staff

All professionals at Pediatric Eyecare of Staten Island maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

PATRICK A. DeRESPINIS, MD, FACS, FAAP, FAAO

Dr. DeRespinis established Pediatric Eye Care of Staten Island in 1988. He was awarded a B.A.degree in Biology and Philosophy from NYU. After 2 years of study in Mexico he completed his medical training at New York University followed by an internship in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital, Flushing (formerly Booth Memorial Medical Center). His residency in Ophthalmology was completed at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. He then went on to complete his Fellowship training at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in New York City where he is also on staff as an attending physician. Dr. DeRespinis is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at UMDNJ and Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Staten Island University Hospital.

Other Awards and Honors

  • AMA Physician's Recognition Award
  • AAO Board of Trustees Achievement Award
  • Castle & Connelly's Top Doctors of NY/Metro Area, Top Pediatric Specialists, America' Top Surgeons, America's Top Ophthalmologists
  • U.S. News and World Report's Top Doctors
  • UMDNJ Residency Training Award
  • Editorial Board - Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
  • Strathmore's Who's Who in Healthcare

Professional Organizations

  • Fellow - American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow - American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow - American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
  • Greater NY Society for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
  • NY State and Richmond County Medical Societies
  • NY State Ophthalmological Society

Publications - (selected from over 90 articles, abstracts and posters)

  • DeRespinis PA and Wagner RS:  Peter's anomaly in a father and son.  Am J Ophthalmol 1987; 104: 545.
  • DeRespinis PA, Naidu E and Brodie SE:  Photoevaluation of strabismus: a trial under clinical conditions. Ophthalmol 1989; 96(7): 944-949.
  • DeRespinis PA, Caputo AR, Fiore P and Wagner RS:  A survey of severe eye injuries in children.  Am J Dis Children 1989; 143(6); 711-716.
  • DeRespinis PA, ShenJ and Wagner RS:  Guillain-Barre' syndrome presenting as paralysis of accommodation.  Arch Ophthalmol  1989; 107(9): 1282.
  • DeRespinis PA: Cyanoacrylate nail glue mistaken for eye drops. J Am Med Assoc  1990; 263(17):  2301.
  • DeRespinis PA, and Frohman LH:  Microwave popcorn:  Ocular injury caused by steam.  New Eng J Med 1990; 323(17): 1212.
  • DeRespinis PA, Caputo AR, Wagner RS and Guo S:  Duane's Retraction Syndrome:  a comprehensive review.  Surv Ophthalmol  1993; 38: 257-288.
  • DeRespinis PA, NordenRA and Rispoli LC:  Posterior polymorphous dystrophy associated with astigmatism and amblyopia in children - report of 4 cases. J Cornea & Refractive Surg  1996; 12(6):  709-714.
  • DeRespinis PA:  Eyeglasses:  why and when do children need them?  Pediatr Annals  2001; 30(8): 455-461.
  • Guo S, Caputo AR, Wagner RS and DeRespinis PA:  Enhanced visualization of capsulorhexis with Indocyanine green staining in pediatric white cataracts.  J PediatrOphthamol and Strabismus  2003; 40(5): 268-271.
  • Duss CV, Maxwell DN, Guo S, DeRespinis PA and Wagner RS: Role of optical coherence tomography in the evaluation of foveal hypoplasia in pediatric nystagmus.  J Amer Assoc Pediatr Ophthalmol and Strabismus  2006: 10(1); 83. 
  • Guo S, Wagner RS, Forbes BJ, DeRespinis PA and Caputo AR: Cut and paste: Sutureless conjunctival closure in strabismus surgery. J Pediatric Ophthalmol & Strabismus 2010; 47 (4): p. 228-230.
  • Guo S, Khan AO, Lenhart P and DeRespinis PA (moderator): Options in the management of reduced vision in a case of ectopia lentis – Eye to Eye. J Pediatric Ophthalmol and Strabismus. 2015: 52 (5): 262 – 264.
  • DeRespinis PA, Strominger MB, Weaver DT and Wagner RS (moderator): Prevention of lower eyelid retraction in a case of inferior rectus muscle recession – Eye to Eye. J Pediatric Ophthalmol and Strabismus. 2016: 53 (1): 5 – 6.
  • DeRespinis, PA, Dotan G, Kipp M, Madigan WP and Wagner RS (moderator): Management of a case of undercorrection following surgery for infantile esotropia – Eye to Eye. J Pediatric Ophthalmol and Strabismus. 2016: 53 (6); 326-329.
  • Burke MJ, DeRespinis PA, Medow NB and Nelson LB (moderator): 
    Treatment of anisometropic amblyopia – Eye to Eye. J Pediatric Ophthalmol and Strabismus. 2013; 50 (6): 330 – 332. 
  • Strominger MB, Wagner RS and DeRespinis PA (moderator): Clinical experience with unilateral and bilateral inferior oblique anterior transposition – Eye to Eye. J Pediatric Ophthalmol and Strabismus. 2016: 53 (4); 198-200. 
  • Paul, RV, Khan AO, Levin AV, Paysse EA and DeRespinis PA (moderator) Marfan Syndrome: Staging nonsurgical vs surgical treatments in children with subluxated lenses and refractive problems – Eye to Eye. J Pediatric Ophthalmol and Strabismus. 2017: 54 (2): 70-73.

CARYN S. PEARLSTEIN, MD, FAAP, FAAO

Dr. Pearlstein joined Dr. DeRespinis in 1992. She was awarded a B.S. degree in biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stonybrook (summa cum laude) where she also received her Medical degree from SUNY/Stonybrook School of Medicine. She then went on to do her internship in medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center followed by a Research Fellowship in Corneal Diseases at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Pearlstein then returned to LIJ Medical Center to complete a Residency in Ophthalmology where she also served as Chief Resident in her final year. She then completed a Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship at Montefiore Hospital in NYC and an extra year of Pediatric Ophthalmology training under the guidance of Dr. DeRespinis.

Other Awards and Honors

  • AMA Physicians Recognition Award
  • Castle & Connelly's Top Ophthalmologists in America
  • Strathmore's Who's Who in Healthcare
  • Global Directory of Who's Who

Professional Organizations

  • Fellow - American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow - American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
  • American Medical Association
  • NY State and Richmond County Medical Society
  • NY State Ophthalmological Society
  • Research to Prevent Blindness

Publications

  • Maisel JM, Pearlstein CS, Adams WH and Heotis PM:  Large optic discs in the Marshallese population.  Am J Ophthlmol 1990; 107: 2: 145-150.
  • Pearlstein CS, HollandEJ and Chan C:  Ocular toxicity of Suramin.  Investigative Ophthalmol & Vis Science  1990; 31(suppl): 542.
  • Tchah H, Holland EJ, Pearlstein CS,Skelnik D, Chan C, Ni M and Lindstrom RL:  Modifications of corneal MHC antigen expression by various corneal storage methods.  Ophthalmology & Vis Science  1989; 330(suppl): 341.
  • Perlstein CS, LaneSS and Lindstrom RL:  The incidence of posterior  capsulotomy in convex posterior vs. convex anterior chamber intraocular lenses. J of Cataract & Refractive Surg  Sept. 1998; 14(5): 578-579.
  • Pearlstein CS and Lindstrom RL: Suture related complications in penetrating keratoplasty.  Investigative Ophthalmol & Vis Science  1998; 29(suppl): 113.
  • Skelnik DL, Pearlstein CS, Mindrup EA and Lindstrom RL:  Preservation at 4 degrees withChondoitin sulfate containing medium supplemented with Dextran and epidermal growth factor.  Investigative Ophthalmol & Vis Science 1988; 29(suppl): 111.

Colleen Dye, OD, FAAO

Dr. Dye joined Pediatric Eye Care of Staten Island in 2015. She was awarded a B.S. in biology with a minor in Deaf studies from The College of New Jersey. She then received her Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry in 2014. From there she completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry, treating patients at both SUNY's University Eye Center and Woodhull Hospital.

Other Awards and Honors

  • Morton L. Kimmelman Memorial Award - 2014
  • Jeffrey White Memorial Scholarship - 2013
  • Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship - 2013
  • Optometric Center of New York Board Scholarship - 2013
  • New Jersey Optometry Association Scholarship - 2010

Professional Organizations

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry

Publications

  • Dye, C. A case of pediatric ectopia lentis: systemic associations and management options. Vision Dev & Rehab 2016;2(1):25-34
  • Dye C, Vaughn MT. Improving symptoms through vision therapy in a patient with constant strabismus and congenital nystagmus status-post null point surgery: a case report. Poster session presented at: College of Optometrists in Vision Development Annual Meeting; 2015 Apr; Las Vegas, NV.
  • Vaughn MT, Dye C. Creatively navigating roadblocks: nystagmus and oscillopsia. Poster session presented at: College of Optometrists in Vision Development Annual Meeting; 2015 Apr; Las Vegas, NV.
  • Dye C, Vaughn MT, Nandwani D. Diagnosis and management of Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome in a pediatric patient. Poster session presented at: American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting, Resident’s Day; 2014 Nov; Denver, CO.
  • Vaughn MT, Dye C. Pediatric eyelash trichotillomania secondary to blepharitis: a case report. Poster session presented at: American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting, Resident’s Day; 2014 Nov; Denver, CO
  • Continuing Optometric Education Lecture Passing the TORCH: Congenital Ocular Infections And Their Implications in Pediatric Patients