Entrust Your Vision to the Experts

Let us help you keep life’s precious moments in sight.

Your eye surgery experts in Astoria, New York

At Mackool Eye Surgery, we specialize in cataract and cornea procedures by both laser and hand.

We believe that seeing life’s precious moments shouldn’t be a struggle. From correcting issues such as near and farsightedness with LASIK, to restoring vision to those suffering from cataracts, we help patients of all ages. Since 1978, we have been on the cutting edge of eye surgery and have developed equipment and procedures that have been adopted worldwide.

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31-27 41st, Astoria, NY 11103
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Meet Our Experts

Richard J. Mackool, M.D.

Richard J. Mackool, M.D. is the founder and Director of The Mackool Eye Institute and Laser Center in Queens, which was the first eye care center in New York to provide eye surgery and laser treatment without the need for hospitalization. He is an internationally recognized expert on microsurgery of the eye. READ MORE

RJ Mackool, M.D.

RJ Mackool, M.D. is the Assistant Director of the Mackool Eye Institute and Laser Center. He not only has extensive experience in cataract, implant, glaucoma and corneal surgery, but he has also completed training in general surgery, plastic surgery, and craniofacial surgery prior to ophthalmology training at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary READ MORE

Vivian Monsanto, MD

Dr. Vivian Monsanto has been an Associate Ophthalmologist at The Mackool Eye Institute for two decades. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University she graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She then completed an internship in General Surgery at SUNY Buffalo. She continued her residency training in Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate at Brooklyn. After concluding her training in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, she joined the team at The Mackool Eye Institute in 1998 where she provides comprehensive eye care. In addition to caring for postoperative patients, Dr. Monsanto treats patients with glaucoma, anterior segment disease, and cataracts. Dr. Monsanto is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is fluent in Spanish.

Marc Sirota, MD

Dr. Marc Sirota has been an associate ophthalmologist at the Mackool Eye Institute for more than 30 years. After receiving a B.S. degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He then completed his residency training at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, after which he joined the Mackool Eye Surgery staff in 1984. Dr. Sirota is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, a lifetime member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and he is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

At Mackool Eye Surgery, we offer:


As we age, cataracts degrade our vision. With cataract surgery, your sight can improve regardless of age. Most patients have improved vision within 10 minutes after the operation. LEARN MORE


With cornea surgery and lens implants, we can improve vision problems due to nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LEARN MORE


The most popular form of laser vision correction surgery, LASIK has a quick recovery time. Most of our patients achieve 20/20 vision or so close to it that they cannot tell the difference within a few days after LASIK. LEARN MORE


With lens implants, the human lens can be removed and replaced with a multifocal lens in order to correct both near and distance vision. LEARN MORE

Patient Testimonials

I recently had cataract surgery on both eyes at the institute. Dr. R.J. Mackool performed the operations. I am thrilled with the results. Everyone there, from the front desk, to the surgical team was incredibly supportive and professional.

I recently had cataract surgery for both eyes, and both surgeries were performed at Mackool Eye Institute. It was a totally positive experience. The staff is warm, professional, and responsive. When I got into the operating room, preparation for the surgery was efficient and well-choreographed.

I was told Dr. Mackool was the best - and that is exactly what he is - THE BEST. He did my Lasik and my vision has never been better. He then did my aunt's Restor Intraocular lenses and she thanks me every time I see her for recommending Mackool.