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Qualifications and Experience
Awards and Publications
As a Doctor of Optometry, a crucial part of my commitment to my patients is ongoing professional education.
After receiving my undergraduate degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York, I obtained my Doctor of Optometry from State University of New York.
I am a member of several prestigious medical Associations, including The American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry and the New York State Optometric Association.
I am an active participant in numerous optometric study groups. I was a contact lens instructor at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital - Interfaith and Director of Eyecare at Jarmain's Clinic. In 2009, I was voted one of the "Top Doctors" in New York State by Castle Connolly. I have been a national board examiner for many years. I regularly attend conferences to learn about the latest developments in contact lenses, spectacle lens options, and the management of diseases of the eye.
My cutting edge practice has the latest medical equipment including retinal imaging and the OPTOS retinal scan.
Verified Patient Reviews
He is very professional, caring and answers all questions. Highly recommended
Dr. Paternoster is awesome—smart, efficient, explains everything. His practice is well-run and the staff friendly and helpful. I feel like this the type of medical practice that barely exists anymore. Most places, the staff could not care less and you wait forever for barely adequate care. This place is a DREAM. Highly recommend.
The two concerns that I have about my visit was. Little time was spent on my contact lens prescription. The prescription needed to be changed and was not given a trial pair with the new prescription. Second I was diagnosed with the start of torn retina, nothing was done. I asked what needed to be done to correct the problem and his answer was to watched it. I think this is a serious issue. I will be seeking a second opinion on this medical condition.
My visit was great, way better than I had expected. And i must say that Dr. Paternoster is a tremendously over patient doctor. He works with you step by step and keeps encouraging you from beginning to him.
Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Dr. Paternoster is the best hands down. The service was quick, effective & they made me feel really comfortable! Yes I would recommend this place for anyone without a doubt!
He was very personable and friendly. I could tell that he loves his work and cares about his patients. I was very pleased.
the entire staff courteous, friendly experienced, made for a very casual comfortable environment
Amazing as always!! Dr Paternoster and his staff are great...
Dr paternoster is amazing! So knowledgable and kind. He genuinely cares about his patients. I am recommending him to everyone I know who wants to see a REAL eye doctor and not some random optometrist at a Cohens optical. 5 stars!!
I cam ein with a terrible infection in both my eyes. Not only did he see me almost right away he treated me immediatly for the pain and sent me home with the proper scripts. He was very sensitive to the fact that i was in a lot of pain and didnt get annoyed that iwas bawling my eyes out while trying to explain what was wrong. I was feeling better almost immediatly. Dr. Paternoster even called me the next day to see how I was doing! So kind! I tell everyone about my experience here. HIGHLY RECCOMEND
Excellent service and great staff! I would highly recommend.
Great service. I also took my son hoping he would have time to see him. Not only he took time to see him ,but he was very helpful and knowledgeable about his condition. I am very grateful to him and his very efficient technician.
The examination was very thorough. The staff was friendly and warm. I will recommend him to friends and family.
Very pleasant. Great vibe . Walked out with a smile.
Friendly staff! Equipment was great, Dr. Paternoster walked me through everything and explained the procedures well. Large selection of glasses available at the store.
I always like to come here because they are very professional.
Not bad, It was super quick. This guys are super organized.
He's the best!
Very thorough doctor and truly cares about his patients.
He was great. Very professional.
Outstanding! Friendly, knowledgeable, efficient staff. Dr. Paternoster was patient, attentive and informative.
Doctor Paternoster is Excellent.
Always a great experience. Very friendly and courteous staff. Great one-stop shopping for all of your eye care needs.
Everyone at the office is very nice and make you feel at ease. I never felt rushed or confused about anything. Dr. Paternoster has a very gentle and helpful bedside manner. He listened to my explanations carefully before assessing the problem and he made sure I understood everything. I typically hate going to the eye doctor because I don't like getting the light shone into my eyes but I found my visit to be surprisingly enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Dr. Paternoster to my friends and family.
Professional, caring and efficient.
Dr. Paternoster is terrific—pleasant, thorough, happy to explain test results and eager to help patients understand the anatomy of their eyes and how to keep them healthy. The practice is very well run, all staffers are efficient and keep things moving. Gorgeous selection of frames. A win all around.
i would recommend anyone to this practice. i moved a distance away and doesnt matter i take the trip to see him only. i trust my eye health with dr. paternoster.
he was great to speak with, thorough and quite helpful
Wonderful, kind, professional staff. Clean nice office, state of the niart equipment, very nice!
Dr Ralph and his staff are THE BEST.....
My visit went very well. Impressed with very professional, knowledgeable and courteous staff that's on board.
efficient as usual.
Dr. Paternoster gave a thorough and thoughtful eye exam. He carefully addressed all of my concerns and recommended a vision correction plan that was considerate of my financial and practical needs. The staff were friendly and efficient, and the office and equipment were clean and up-to-date. I was overall very satisfied and would highly recommend his services.
great professionalism and knowledgeable people, very cordial and humbled
Everyone is so nice and friendly. Always a pleasure when I go for my check up.
Been to him before and he's an excellent OD
Everything went smooth, I showed up for my appointment about 10 minutes before and was quickly helped to start all the paperwork since it was my first time visiting Dr. Paternoster. I went in for contact lens, staff was really helpful and professional, the whole consultation was about 40 minutes. I would really recommend it to anyone looking for an Optometrist.
he is the most wonderful caring eye doctor. i highly recommend him to nyone
In a word - excellence, dilligence, efficiency, caring, going above and beyond - maybe more than a few words - and then some describe Dr. Paternoster. My family has been going to Dr. Paternoster for years. Even now that I will be moving to Florida, I will come back to New York so Dr. Paternoster and his team can continue to look after my eyes. He's simply one of the best practitioners I have encountered.
Professional. I appreciated the attention to detail.
My family and I have been patients of Dr. Paternoster for several years and found him and his staff to be excellent. The attention provided has always been exceptional. I have and will continue to refer family and friends to see him.
I had a wonderful experience and felt very comfortable. I will be recommending him to my family and friends.
Dr. Paternoster is very engaging with his patients and the staff is professional. This is my first visit and with the service that I got I will be a return patient and also recommend this doctor to my family and friends.
This is a great doctor!
Very good, explains everything. Staff professional.
I arrived to my scheduled appointment by ten minutes. I was seen right away by staff and later by Dr. Paternoster. He was a joy. Patient, caring and very informative.
Very informative. Was a bit busy but what can you expect from such a desirable doctor. Recommend.
My visit to Dr. Paternoster's office was pleasant. I was very satisfied with the services provided. The staff was friendly and courteous. Dr. Paternoster has an excellent demeanor and he took the time to answer all of my questions. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking opthalmology services.
Doc p is a professional i have entrusted my eyes with for the past 30 years and will continue to do so for the next 30 years!!!
Great! Thank you!
I've gone to Dr. Paternoster for years and would never go anywhere else. Great doctor, office and staff!
best eye doctor that i have ever visited.. :)
Excellent practice!! Comprehensive vision testing, courteous professional staff and same or less cost than Cohan's fashion optical.
Answered all my questions.
Best time I ever had and it was only for a new pair of glasses
Dr. Paternoster and his staff are excellent and what they do, everyone was very helpful and professional.. I really enjoyed my experience there.
My first time there and I was very satisfied. Nice office workers, clean office. The Dr. was friendly and pleasant. Would def. reccommend. The appt. was so easy to get online.
The office is very clean and professional. The staff is friendly and the Doctor was very thorough and helpful.
Like the convience of the office and I was particularly please with his bed side manner if you will. Really tried to conclude what is the issue with my eyes
very caring and polite
Great Doctor! He know exactly what to do to take care of my issues and had great bedside manner.
Very curtous and professional staff. Could not ask for more. Doctor paternoster is incredibly knowledgeable and respectful of patient's needs and concerns.
This was my first visit with Dr. Paternoster. He was very kind & professional. He took the time to explain the results of my various eye exams & even took out a model eye to make sure I fully understood! I appreciated his polite & amicable manner. The overall experience at his office was quite enjoyable, something one wouldn't expect from a medical office!
The staff at Dr. Ralph office were very pleasant and the wait time was leass than 30 minutes. I would recommend others to use his service.