Dr. Elaine Chu, OD

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169 1st Ave, New York, NY, 10003

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***If you are a new patient, please remember to bring your glasses, contacts and insurance information.

Dr. Elaine V. Chu is the full time doctor at Manhattan Eyeworks in the East Village. She attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate studies and received her doctorate of optometry at SUNY College of Optometry. She completed her externship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami which has been consistently rated the top eye hospital in the nation as per U.S. News & World Report. She has also participated in an optometric missions trip to Oaxaca, Mexico and has volunteered optometric care at events such as the Special Olympics and the Diabetes Exposition.

Dr. Chu is a general optometrist who is committed to providing comprehensive eye care for the entire family. She can diagnose, treat, and manage a range of ocular diseases and refractive disorders. She also manages cataract and refractive surgery patients.

She is currently licensed in New York and New Jersey and offers eye exams to patients in English, Spanish and Chinese.


The office also speak a variety of languages to better serve the community, including English, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Chinese.

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Amazing! Would recommend and have already recommended to friends and family. Elaine is wonderful.

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She is excellent!

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I had a great experience with Dr Chu. She was very thorough and I was very comfortable with her. I would recommend her to anyone and her office is close to the 1st Ave L train stop. Will be going back.

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Dr. Chu is super nice! I would def recommend her to other people.

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Easy and fast with the latest equipment, she explains everything as she goes through a consultation. Dr. Chu was amazing, knowledgeable, and so easy to talk to!

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Dr Chu is amazing. She answered all my questions, gave me very useful information on how to be more comfortable with contact lenses and was very sensitive to my worries about pricing. She's very well prepared and explains everything in a simple way, easy to understand.

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Dr Chu is friendly and professional, and took the time to explain the reasons for tests and changes in my prescription. I’ll definitely go to her again.

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Absolutely outstanding optometrist. Dr. Chu was so warm, open and helpful during my visit. Even though it was just a routine, annual visit, she really took the time to walk me through all my options and the procedures. Phenomenal bedside manner!

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I have been dealing with my eye condition for many years, based on my visit with Dr Elaine, and the information she gave me, this is the first time I've felt hopeful. She is amazing!!

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She was so nice, personable, and vey knowledgeable! Will definitely be coming back.

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Dr. Chu was knowledgeable, kind and very helpful. I will definitely be going back for my next exam, and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an optometrist.

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Great doctor and very knowledgeable. The staff was great in the front and helped with whatever questions I needed.

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Dr. Chu is the best optometrist in NYC! Professional, knowledgeable, patient, and an absolute delight. Simply the best.

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This was one of the best doctors I have ever seen. She referred me to a larger eye hospital for very specific treatment, but gave me a very thorough exam to make sure I wasn't in any emergency situation with my vision. Dr. Chi was so kind, informative, and thorough. She has the greatest bed side manner, I only wish more people in the medical profession could be more like her. Would recommend to anyone.

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Great visit, she's always very friendly and upbeat.

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She was amazingly thorough, friendly, and explained everything we were doing and why. When she found out I had an autoimmune disorder she did further research into how it might effect my eyes and walked me through all of it. I highly recommend!

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I had a great experience with Dr. Chu. She did try the hard sell on a new brand of contact lenses, although I've never had problems with the brand I've been using for years. This was quickly forgiven as she was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. I felt I was in good hands and would be happy to come see her again.

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She is awesome! I am happy to have found her, and will be staying with her as my eye doc after my first visit. She is cordial, explanatory, and well-mannered.

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Excellent! Dr. Chu was very kind and enthusiastic. It is clear she is passionate about what she does and truly cares for the well-being of her patients.

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Such a great visit!! I visited her a couple months ago and have already referred her to two people. Dr. Chu was super attentive, thoroughly discussed my dry eye/contacts problems and I didn't feel rushed at all. Really appreciated that she thought about my situation longer term, and provided suggestions to prepare me for dry winter months. Also discovered some massive overcorrection that had been done before which was causing me lots of eye strain. Great visit.

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Been going to her for years. Her and the staff are amazing! Highly recommend!

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Very knowledgeable and provided the detailed explanation for my questions! I will go back here.

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Great experience. Very friendly and professional. Definitely recommend.

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Dr. Chu is very friendly and nice. She is very patient in answering all my questions, and gives me solid advice. She doesn't try to sell you anything, but give suggestions based on your professional and personal needs. I really enjoy my experience with Dr. Chu.

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She made me feel valued even at the end of a Friday work day. She's awesome.

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Dr. Chu was extremely helpful and understanding. She's very knowledgable and would highly recommend!

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Dr. Chu was so nice and knowledgable! She was a genuinely enjoyable person to be around and told me lots of useful information I hadn't known about before (I've been going to the eye doctor twice a year since before I was ten and I learned more about my eyes with her than I've learned my entire life). No wait time at all, great experience.

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Professional, Friendly, Informed.

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Very pleasant, professional and informative.

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Elaine was extremely friendly, thorough, and professional. She gave me options, walked me through the procedure, and generally made me feel well taken care of. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you!

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Very good doctor and super knowledgeable.

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Very informative and through!

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Really happy with Dr Chu. She really takes the time to explain the how and why of everything. I've been reliant on contacts since 8th grade and never understood as much before about what my options are and what is healthiest for my eyes. She told me the brand I'd been given for years (never offered a choice before, just told what I was getting) was almost 20 years old and as outdated as getting by with a flip-phone: heavier, less breatheable, not blink-stablized, and ill-fitting for me personally. Apparently they shouldn't just occasionally fall out, nor slide around in my eyes around when I tumble (I'm a circus performer.) I thought that was normal and given, but the new lenses she gave me are infinitely lighter and thinner and stay in place beautifully. They're not even brand-new technology, they're about ten years old and perfectly affordable, just no eye doctor before Dr Chu had taken the time to notice, explain, and offer a better option. I am grateful! Thank you!

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I liked seeing her. The sales staff in the store were less helpful/friendly, and misapplied my vision insurance in their favor until I pointed out the error. They didn't apologize when I pointed it out.

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She was very thorough and informative about my eye health.

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Dr. Chu was super quick, and attentive which made the appointment lovely!

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This was my first visit, and first eye exam since relocating to the US from the UK. I was very satisfied with the experience - I was seen right away, was given time to ask questions about any differences between the process in the US compared to back home, and could have an eye exam and contact lens consultation all in one appointment. The doctor was thorough, efficient and was lovely to chat with throughout the eye exam! I'd highly recommend the doctor and this location!

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Dr. Chu was very professional and friendly, I felt very comfortable, great bedside manner, trustworthy, very happy that I found her!

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Dr. Chu is very nice and knowledgable, but sometimes seems to be a saleswoman pushing specific procedures and brands of contacts.

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Dr Chu was great at explaining what was going on every step of the way which made me feel more comfortable as I have not had an eye exam in many years!

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