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Our Doctors Came in First and Second Place for Best Ophthalmologists in 2019 Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards

Dr. Allen Zieker a founder of Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region (OCCR) has been awarded the title of Best Ophthalmologists by Schenectady’s The Daily Gazette 2019 Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards. Dr. David Rabady, also a partner at OCCR and a retinal specialist at Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region came in second place. “According to our community here in the Capital Region, Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region has two of the best ophthalmologists in the area,” Nancy Shipley, CEO at Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region said. “We’re proud of both Dr. Allen Zieker who is our President and one of the founders, as well as Dr. David Rabady who became a partner here in 2017.” The Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards recognize the people, places, and businesses in the Capital Region that locals consider being the very best in the community.

Dr. Allen Zieker has been a member of the Capital Region community for decades, earning his medical degree at the Albany Medical College of Union University and then completing an ophthalmology residency at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in 1981.

Since then, Dr. Allen Zieker has been a trusted ophthalmologist in the community for more than 33 years, as the owner of the former Troy Eye Associates and a founding member of Albany-Troy Cataract and Laser Associates. Expansion into communities surrounding Albany and Troy led to the renaming of the practice to Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region (dba).

Dr. Allen Zieker is president of the practice and director of cataract surgery. He performs more than 1,500 cataract surgeries annually and over the course of his career has completed well over 7,000 laser procedures and several thousand astigmatic surgeries. Dr. Allen Zieker is fluent in English and Spanish.

While Dr. Allen Zieker leads the cataract surgery team, Dr. David Rabady, is a lead surgeon for retinal diseases and disorders. As a retinal specialist, he treats various retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, macular pucker, diabetic retinopathy, flashes and floaters, retinal detachments, as well as numerous other diseases and conditions of the posterior segment of the eye.

Fluent in several languages including English, Spanish, and Jordanian, Dr. Rabady serves not only his patients with excellence but also the community at large, volunteering as chair and trainer for numerous academic society programs and participating in missions to remote areas with limited access to healthcare.

Dr. Rabady exudes a genuine interest in all his patients and works with his patients to accommodate their schedules and special conditions.

“My patients are extremely important to me,” Dr. Rabady said. “I want them to walk away not only receiving the best, most advanced retinal care but also knowing that I care about them and their eye care needs.”

The ophthalmologist team at OCCR is at the forefront of eye care, seeking out the latest advancements in technology and treatment options as they become available. In September 2019, Dr.Allen Zieker was the first surgeon in New York and New England, and one of the first in the United States, to implant the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Intraocular Lens (IOL) in a cataract patient. In 2018 he was the first cataract surgeon in the United States to implant the enVista toric MX60T IOL. The retinal group of surgeons at Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region, which includes Dr. Rabady, is the only retinal group to have exclusive use of the new NGENUITY 3D Visualization System with DATAFUSION technology during vitreoretinal surgery. This cutting-edge technology allows for unprecedented 3D visualization of the back of the eye with greater depth and detail during surgery than traditional microscopes, providing the most customizable eye care available today.

“Our team at Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region is dedicated to not only providing compassionate and comprehensive care, but also strives to provide the most advanced eye care treatments and surgery currently available in the field,” Dr. Allen Zieker said.

About the Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards

The Daily Gazette’s Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards aims to each year, find the people, places, and businesses in the Capital Region which locals view as the very best and trust with their business, homes, health, and other aspects of their lives. Award categories include everything from hotels, local attractions, dining, shopping, and home repair service companies to individuals such as coaches, teachers, and first responders.

Not only do the awards recognize those individuals and businesses in the region who are offering their clients and patients outstanding service, but it also provides a guide for people as they look for a range of services, listing providers that are trusted and appreciated by the community.

Nominations for the People’s Choice Awards began in July 2019 and voting was open from August 24 through September.

About Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region

At Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region, we offer a comprehensive model of eye care with experienced specialists, ophthalmologists & optometrists. We have 5 convenient locations in Schenectady, AlbanySchodack, Clifton Park, and Troy.