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Dr. Elaine Chu, OD

Optometrist

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***If you are a new patient, please remember to bring your glasses, contacts and insurance information.Look at our website manhattaneyeworks1st.com and make a appt. 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.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • ACE
  • Access Medicare (NY)

Specialties

  • Optometrist

Practice names

Education and training

  • State University of New York, Doctor of Optometry
  • University of Miami (Externship)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Bachelor's)

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1285935205

Office locations

Manhattan Eyeworks

169 1st Ave

New York, NY 10003

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Dr. Chu is the best! Knowledgeable, personable, and all in all a wonderful optometrist. It's always a pleasure visiting Manhattan Eye Works.
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Dr. Chu was wonderful. She was kind, incredibly knowledgeable, and made me feel very comfortable during my eye exam. Highly recommend.
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Very through and great doctor.
Less than 1 month ago
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Both personal and professional, my husband and I were very impressed with Dr. Chu and her vision care services during our recent eye exams. In general, we really liked all of the staff at Manhattan Eyeworks and would recommend this practice to anyone.
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She really takes the time to talk to you and explain everything, highly recommend! Her office is in the back of a small eyeglass shop.
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Very knowledgable and super friendly. Would definitely recommend!
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Knowledgeable, friendly and thorough doctor. Would highly recommend.
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The office is easy to find, the people were welcoming, and the doctor was friendly and thorough. Couldn't ask for a better experience!
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Best eye doctor I’ve ever seen! So kind and caring, so detailed and patient when answering questions - she wanted to make I totally understood everything.
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I arrived early to my appointment but was able to be seen immediately. Was very responsive to questions and took the time to explain things thoroughly when I inquired.
Less than 6 months ago
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She is very kind and thorough.
Less than 6 months ago
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Dr. Chu is so caring and forthcoming that I even enjoyed my eye exam. She took a lot of time to explain everything. Her office is unassuming but her care is first class. Just be aware that they only take insurancefor vision exam not any other kind of ophthalmological visit.
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She's very energetic and is happy to explain all things related to your eyes - she seems very knowledgable in the latest eye research.
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Dr Chu is awesome! She answers any and all questions I asked her. She makes me feel at home and very comfortable. I would recommend her to everyone! Can’t wait for my next visit
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I’m definitely going back! Dr. Chu is warm and personable and I had a great visit.
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Dr. Chu was fantastic - very friendly, extremely thorough, and clear and generous in her advice and explanations. Best optometrist I've ever had.
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I love her, she kept me laughing and we had a nice conversation during my visit . She’s amazing . She’s not stuck up or disrespectful! She’s the best and I promise to make her my primary eye doctor .
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So impressed with Dr Chu. This was the best healthcare experience I've had in a while
Less than 6 months ago
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Very knowledgeable and attentive
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Dr. Chou was incredibly nice and professional. I learned more about my eye health in one visit than I have learned in all my prior eye doctors. Highly recommend.
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I was so happy! She is thorough and knowledgeable. She was even sensitive to my budget. I will definitely see her for now on!
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The doctor was very nice and seemed helpful. I did not have to wait long before I was seen, assessed, and given my prescription.
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Very knowledgable. Would definitely go back. She gave frank and honest answers to my questions, and provided info/context I wouldn't have otherwise known.
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Dr. Chu was incredibly nice and patient. She explained everything that was going to happen and that she was working on in detail.
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She’s very informative and attentive.
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Dr. Chu is passionate about her work and takes the time to get to know her patients. The atmosphere is friendly and professional! If you don’t prefer to have your eyes dialated, there is the option to have a detailed picturetaken with a dslr camera. It also provides more detail. She is up to date with the latest in contact lenses! Always an enjoyable experience.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Chu was incredibly informative and professional. I learned more about my eye health in one visit than I've learned in all the visits I've paid to my prior doctors. She truly cares about her field and patient satisfaction.
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Very positive experience. I’ll be back.
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Dr. Chu is fabulous! She is knowledgable, personable, and kind. Her office staff is thorough and always helpful. All insurance information etc. is gathered before the appointment and they make sure that you are covered and understand whatis provided. Dr. Chu is always up to date on the newest trends in eye-care and has the latest products at her disposal. I go for my yearly check-ups and for contacts and she always leaves me with samples to go home with while I wait for the new ones to arrive.
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Dr. Chu was so nice and really took the time to explain her thinking and walk me through next steps.
Less than 1 year ago
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Excellent visit - highly recommend. Dr. Chu was friendly and took the time to thoroughly explain what she was doing.
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It was a quick visit. Dr. Chu was very professional and engaging. I gained a lot of insight in regards to my vision concerns.
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Dr. Elaine Chu and the staff at her office were all lovely, and made a stressful experience (picking out new glasses) far more pleasant than it would otherwise be.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Chu and her staff were very pleasant and helpful. I didn't have to wait at all and they already had all of my vision coverage information pulled for me upon arrival so that I didn't have to fill out aton of forms. Dr. Chu spent more time with me than most eye doctors I've seen in the past and really took the time to explain each process and why she was doing it. Really informative and productive appointment! Highly recommend.
Less than 1 year ago
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She was very smart and knowledgeable
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Dr. Chu's office is in the back of a eyeglass shop which I didn't really understand when walking in, but the people behind the counter were very nice and helpful. Dr. Chu explained everything she was doing so clearly that I had no questions after my visit.
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If anyone gave less than 5 stars for Dr. Chu, they need a neuro exam rather than an eye exam. Super professional, incredibly kind, and explained everything flawlessly. Front desk staff was great and polite as well - 5 stars all around!
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Elaine is very friendly and made me feel at ease.
Less than 1 year ago
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This was the second time I've visited Dr. Chu. I was promptly helped as soon as I arrived. Dr. Chu was kind, considerate, and explained the exact reason why she was suggesting and prescribing me my contacts and why I wasexperiencing my dry eye. Her bed-side manner was excellent. Definitely my go-to optometrist.
Less than 1 year ago
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She made me feel comfortable and was very open to answering my questions. I would surely see her again!
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Chu was the first eye doctor that I've gone to in a long time who listened and helped solve my problems. She explained everything to me and gave me a referral immediately when I was describing my conditions. She didn'ttry and give me the hard sell either, which is always preferred.
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Elaine is incredibly professional and friendly, and knows how to explain the aspects of the exam I need to know about, without being didactic. She's great!
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She was very insistent on having me change my contact lens provider, making me think that she's a sell-out. Made uncomfortable at times, but at least she listened to all my concerns.
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10/10 would be an 11 if Elaine had understood what sploot meant prior. We could have talked about it so much earlier in the appt.
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Dr. Chu was very professional, clearly explained each step of the exam, and knowledgeably addressed all the questions I have
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Dr. Elaine Chu is wonderful! I have enjoyed and looked forward to my visits with her. She has always gone out of her way to be extremely helpful with any and all my questions and concerns. Unfortunately, however, the gentlemen youhave to deal with to confirm insurance and payments are impatient, misinformed and rude.
Less than 1 year ago
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Very informative, very friendly and extremely helpful. I could tell Dr Elaine is very knowledgeable and she is willing to explain whatever I am interested about the details and even introduce latest research results. Also the whole crew made great suggestions for me according to the insurance I have.
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Dr. Chu really took her time explaining contacts best for my eyes. She showed me how to put the lenses in and made sure they were the best fit before I left. The staff didn't try to get me to buymore than I needed and they were great at explaining what my insurance covered. I highly recommend them!
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No wait (even as I arrived late) and great care
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Dr. Chu is awesome! I was seen almost right away and the office staff were great about going through what my insurance covers. The appointment was quick and easy.
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