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Dr. Rita Ellent, OD

Optometrist

Forest Hills, NY

About Dr. Rita Ellent

Dr. Rita Ellent graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Organizational Behavior and completed her Optometric training at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. Dr. Ellent performed internships at the Brooklyn Veteran Affairs Hospital, the Vision Therapy and Pediatrics Department at the University Optometric Center as well as at the Beth Israel Pediatric Ophthalmology Department. Upon graduation, she was awarded a Residency position in Ocular Disease and Glaucoma, and served as Assistant Clinical Instructor in Primary Care at the State University of New York State College of Optometry. After completion of her Residency, Dr. Ellent was the first optometrist to be invited to join the Department of Ophthalmology at Maimonides Medical Center, providing care in the outpatient clinic, emergency room and in the hospital bedside setting. Dr. Ellent served as Director of Contact Lens and Low Vision Services at Medical and Surgical Eyesite in Brooklyn. She has served as Principal Investigator and Research Coordinator in clinical research studies. Dr. Ellent has published in scientific as well as clinical publications and has lectured in the area of ocular disease. Dr. Ellent has been voted “America’s Top Optometrist” for five years by the Research Council of America. In 2013, Dr. Rita Ellent obtained Diplomate status from the American Board of Optometry. She was among the first 700 of the 40,000 Optometric Physicians nationwide to achieve this prestigious national status. Dr. Ellent is also an active member of the New York State Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Amida Care

Specialties

  • Optometrist

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Board certifications

  • American Board of Optometry

Education and training

  • State University of New York, Doctor of Optometry
  • State University of New York, Residency in Ocular Disease and Glaucoma
  • New York University (Bachelor’s)

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Optometry

Awards and publications

  • Served as Principal Investigator & Research Coordinator in clinical research studies.
  • Published in scientific as well as clinical publications and has lectured in the area of ocular disease.

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Georgian

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1649278953

Overall rating
4.9
Recent reviews
Dr Ellent was very thorough and explained everything. She was very pleasant and inviting. Her assistant was also pleasant,polite and assisted me choosing my eye glasses. This was one of the best experience I have ever had in a doctor’s office. I would recommend them...
Dr Ellent was very thorough and explained everything. She was very pleasant and inviting. Her assistant was also pleasant, polite and assisted me choosing my eye glasses. This wasone of the best experience I have ever had in a doctor’s office. I would recommend them...
Orlando A. · April 2, 2019
Dr Rita is well professional I like her She is good with her well behave and her service Good luck foryou Rita
Dr Rita is well professional I like her She is good with her well behave and her service Good luck for you Rita
Mohammad R. · January 15, 2019

Dr. Rita Ellent's office location

The Gardens Eye Care, The Ortho-K Center of FH

12 Station Square

Forest Hills, NY 11375

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Dr Ellent was very thorough and explained everything. She was very pleasant and inviting. Her assistant was also pleasant, polite and assisted me choosing my eye glasses. This was one of the best experience I have ever had in a doctor’s office. I would recommend them...

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Very professional and thorough while being kind and informative.

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Dr Rita is well professional I like her She is good with her well behave and her service Good luck for you Rita

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Dr. Ellent has an awesome bedside manner. She explains everything that she’s doing and clearly answers any questions. The only negative thing that I have to say is that the selection is somewhat limited and the prices are somewhat high. That being said, it seems the selection is of high quality and based off of the doctor’s recommendations.

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Awesome! This appointment was for my kids and she had a good rapport with them.

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She was awesome! This appointment was for my kids and she had a great rapport with them.

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Dr. Rita was excellent. She took her time to exam me thoroughly.

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Great Experience. Very professional and helpful.

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Dr. Rita Ellent was very professional and addressed all my concerns perfectly. I've looked around for a long time for a good eye doctor and she exceeded my expectations. Will see her again for my annuals.

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Very professional with a sweet disposition. Took her time to explain everything and was willing to answer any question. I did not feel rushed. Very good advise when it came to choose eyewear.

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So far im very comfortable with her very knowledgeable explains everything answers all your questions does not rush you so I’ll wait for the follow up to know more but for now excellent

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Long wait time, but Dr. Ellent was fantastic and took her time, she listened to my concerns.

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Very nice and thorough!

More than 1 year ago
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The office staff & doctor were all friendly and welcoming. The environment was relaxing. Did not feel like I was being rushed. The doctor was very informative and explained my eye conditions and new prescription quite well, so I left feeling well informed. I also picked out my new glasses while there, which is very convenient. They have a good selection of modern glasses.

More than 1 year ago
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She had a lovely manner and was great with my 2 boys. Would definitely recommend her.

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Dr. Ellent was very attentive and addressed all of my concerns. She did not rush me and I felt comfortable.

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Doctor and staff are professional and friendly. I have both of my kids see her since 2016. She also informed on the latest treatments for eyes outside of just getting lenses.

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It was our first time, she is very knowledgeable and friendly.

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I never knew that eye doctors could be this great, seriously! The whole staff was thoughtful considerate and took into account all aspects of my concerns and needs for my health as well as making sure I wouldn’t go over budget

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Dr. Rita is very knowledgeable and awesome with kids and adults. Perfect service, prescription & glasses. ????

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This was by far the best experience I had seeing an optometrist. I went for a vision exam and contact lens fitting and the service was outstanding! Dr. Ellent took her time to explain things to me and the exam was very thorough and informative. The staff were also very professional and made sure to explain pricing beforehand.

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She's the best eye doctor I've ever had.

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excellent

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very nice

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I think Dr. Rite Ellent is great. She’s pleasant, professional and really looks to make a connection with her patients. This was my first time in her office but I was extremely pleased from the moment I walked in and left. From the decor and cleanliness to her very pleasant and personable assistants; I loved this place. Highly recommend!

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I am so impressed with Dr. Ellent's thoughtful attention and professionalism! She did not rush through anything, took the time to hear me out and then explain everything to me. I will be going back to her.

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Dr Rita Ellent is awesome! I've been frequently visit her in the past three years. She is very patient, and she takes time to thoroughly explains everything to me. There are also great selections of frames which are good and modern. Zeiss lenses are also the best lenses I've ever tried. In short, highly recommend Dr Rita Ellent.

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In my view she is really awesome Bless her for all human being U r really awesome................

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Very professional, friendly, and knowledgable

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Great visit. I made a last minute appointment because I thought I had dry eye as it had been feeling 'scratchy'. Turns out I had a foreign body in my eyelid, which Dr. Ellent removed quickly and painlessly. She was incredibly thorough and professional. The equipment in her office is very new- I had the most comprehensive and detailed eye exam, ever! The wait time was pretty long but worth it- I wouldn't feel comfortable with just anyone prodding and poking my eye :) In addition, her staff are all very pleasant. Thank you!

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Great doctor. Very thoughtful and kind. Does not rush.

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The first doctor who took her time to explain about procedure as well as the lenses (glasses); checked the eyes in detail and was surprised that was not done but previous doctors. Advised me about the proper eye drops, sun glasses and eye exercises to name a few. Very impressed!

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Thorough, well-read, and wonderful bedside manner! A true asset to Forest Hills who I am so happy to have found! Highly recommend.

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Dr. Ellent was extremely thorough. She explained everything clearly. I am a new patient and will definitely be back.

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I've had problems with my vision and have been using glasses for over 20 years. Over these years, using glasses has caused me a great deal of discomfort and soreness. Dr. Ellent was fantastic! After the optician fit me with my first pair of Lindbergs, my symptoms of pressure, headaches, and discomfort are gone! I'm in front of the computer all day at work and now I find that I no longer strain my eyes like I used to. Now I absolutely love my glasses. Thanks to Dr. Ellent, my day-to-day life is much more comfortable and enjoyable!

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Very professional and knowledgeable, takes time to explain symptoms. Worth the wait

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Dr. Ellent and her staff were very courteous and professional, and took very good care of me. The doctor was able to treat my for a chalazion, that caused my eye lid to swell. She was very thorough in her diagnosis and treatment, and took time to explain everything in great detail. I would highly recommend her.

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Excellent care

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Dr. Ellent was exceptional -- very professional, patient and thorough.. This was probably my best eye appointment ever. I felt that she took her time to explain my eye condition and also helped me understand what I needed to do to improve my vision. She is very knowledgeable and was a joy to work with.

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i don"t usually write reviews but it would be an injustice to this doctor not to.She is the best OD i ever had.I am now 47 i"ve been seeing ODs since i was a child my overall experience was excellent from the receptionist to the OD.

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Very good

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Amazing optometrist. The best I have ever visited. She really takes the time to explain everything and provide details about all aspects of the eye. Her office is spotless and she has all the latest equipment. My highest recommendation!

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Great doctor! Great feedback will recommend others!

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Best eye visit! The wait was worth it. Dr. Ellen was so throrough and explained everything. The staff was so kind and professional.

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Best experience I've had at a doctors office. They went through all of my options with my insurance and really helped me understand everything I wualified for. Highly highly recommend going here!

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EXCELLENT!!! she is awesome , took my today and he loved her . Super patient and helpful

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Very pleased. She was so thorough and explained everything. Very good doctor. Definitely will see her again.

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She is amazing! She explained everything throughly! The wait is definitely worth it.

More than 1 year ago
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Very proffesional and kind. Great office with a very nice staff. I would recommend Rita Ellent.

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Really liked her, only downside was the wait. Over an hour past my appointment time!

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