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Our Doctors

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors:

Dr. John Lee

Dr John Lee2Dr. John Lee has been with Valley Eye Associates since August 2013. After spending all of his early life in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Lee moved east to attend Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biophysics in 2000, he worked in a neuroscience laboratory doing research for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, at Johns Hopkins Hospital for three years. Dr. Lee then moved to Boston, Massachusetts to study at the New England College of Optometry. After graduating in May 2007, Dr. Lee worked in various practices throughout New Jersey and New York City.Dr. Lee is a member of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians and the American Optometric Association. He works hard to arrive at the best eyeglass and contact lens prescription possible and enjoys spending time with each patient.

Dr. Elizabeth Polakoff

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Dr. Elizabeth Polakoff. Dr. Polakoff is excited to be part of the Valley Eye Associates team. She joined the practice in December 2014 and enjoys providing quality eye care to all our patients. Dr. Polakoff and her husband have four kids, Zechariah, 6, and Akiva, 3 and a new born twins; Meir Simcha, a boy and Tova Yaffa, a girl. She enjoys spending quality time with her family outside of the office.

Elizabeth Polakoff is a reliable and diligent optometrist caring for the Westwood community. Dr. Polakoff attended the State University of New York, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry degree.

Dr. Polakoff is a member of the American Optometric Association and New York State Optometric Association. Dr. Polakoff received the Anne Scheiber Scholarship at Yeshiva University for her desire to assist in the development of humanity and to alleviate pain and suffering.

Dr. Polakoff is deeply committed to the well-being of her patients. She takes a thorough and precise approach to her consultations to ensure that she is consistently giving accurate diagnoses.

Dr. Matthew Winkler

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We are happy to welcome another doctor to our practice; Dr. Matthew Winkler joined our team in December of 2016 and is enjoying working in New Jersey. Dr. Matthew Winkler is a native to the lower Hudson Valley area, growing up in Rockland County, NY. He attended the State University of New York, at Geneseo, for his undergraduate studies, where he completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. After developing a particular interest in Optometry, he furthered his education at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry located in Davie, Florida where he graduated, May of 2011, as a Beta Sigma Kappa National Honorary receiving a Doctorate of Optometry and Bachelors in Vision Science.

Dr. Winkler has clinical experience in a wide array of areas including ocular disease, specialty contact lens fits, pediatrics, geriatrics and low vision. Dr. Winkler trained at the WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina focusing heavily on the diagnosis and management of Ocular Diseases, most notably Glaucoma, Diabetes and Macular Degeneration. He is NBEO and TPA certified and a member of the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Nicholas J. Theisz

dr theisz 1Dr. Theisz is a lifelong resident of the Pascack Valley in Bergen County. Raised in Emerson and Westwood he graduated from Westwood High School and went on to Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1971.

Dr. Theisz has been very active in his professional community throughout his tenure. He served as his profession’s representative to the Bergen and Passaic County Health Systems Agency for many years. He represented the American Optometric Association’s legislative committee in Washington, D.C. where he regularly met with state representatives to further health care. He was a Trustee for the New Jersey Optometric Association. Dr. Theisz originated and remains a member of his local professional study group. For 34 years Dr. Theisz served in a volunteer capacity as the clinic doctor for the Pascack Valley Hospital Eye Clinic.

∼ Dr. Nicholas Theisz has retired as of April of 2017 ∼