I’ve wanted to be an ophthalmologist ever since grade school. As a boy, I was fascinated by the workings of the human eye, and how a simple pair of glasses could restore clear vision! I am blessed to be able to fulfill the childhood dream of helping people restore and maintain their precious gift of sight.
Ophthalmology is an exciting field. In the almost 20 years that I’ve been in practice, I’ve seen so many advances in technology that have changed the way I diagnose and treat patients. I truly enjoy going to work every day with the opportunity to use the high-tech tools at my disposal.
Although I practice comprehensive ophthalmology, taking care of patients of all ages and all eye conditions, I have a particular interest in refractive cataract surgery with new technology intraocular lenses, restoring patients’ vision while enabling them to see well without glasses. Some of my most satisfying visits are with my post-operative patients, most of whom are ecstatic with their vision.
I have also taken an interest in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome, a very common condition that can affect comfort and vision. I’m proud of our recent establishment of a dry eye center of excellence, using the latest technology to help patients deal with their dry eye.
Of all of my accomplishments, two stand out above all others. The first is my commitment to treating cataracts in the developing world. Since 2012, I have traveled to Ghana, Ecuador, and Honduras to perform cataract surgery for those who otherwise would not have access to this kind of surgery. These missions have been exhausting, humbling, overwhelming, and extremely rewarding, all at the same time. I plan on continuing to go abroad every few years and continue this work.
I’m even prouder of the family I’ve raised. My wife and I have 2 college-age children, and we have filled the empty nest with a 3 year old bassador rescue dog, Toby. In my spare time I enjoy staying in shape, writing, and spending time with the family.
Andrea B. Antonelli, OD holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia where she graduated with honors. She received her Doctorate in Optometry from the University of California, Berkeley where she was awarded the Gold Retinoscope for academic and clinical achievement. Dr. Antonelli completed her residency in Primary Care with an emphasis in pediatrics at SUNY College of Optometry. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at SUNY and teaches at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in the pediatric eye clinic. She is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association and The New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians.
Dr. Antonelli is a native Spanish speaker. In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, running, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two young children.
When I was in the fourth grade, I had an extraordinary science teacher who made each lesson seem intriguing. One lesson in particular struck a chord with me; the human eye and its ability to change light into images that the brain can “see.” It was an amazing concept for me. I started asking my teacher and parents more about the eyes, eye doctors, and everything else I could, to learn more. At my next eye exam, the optometrist took his time explaining the eye and what he was checking throughout the process. My favorite part was when he let me use the “flashlight” to look into his eyes. I was hooked! I then decided I wanted to be an eye doctor. This idea consumed me so much that it spilled into my other studies as well. My parents got a call from my English teacher asking how I dreamed up the “Hippopotamus Optometrist,” a short story I scored an A+ for!
In my 14 years of practice, I have been fortunate to learn from exceptional colleagues in all different modes of eye care. The most rewarding part of practicing with an ophthalmology practice is the ability to help our patients by diagnosing and treating ocular pathology using the latest technology. In addition, while working with the Commission for the Blind, I found an even deeper understanding of the importance of one’s overall health and the impact of visual changes. In our practice, I use this knowledge to help patients understand preventive care as well as offer options such as specialty contact lenses for patients with unique visual needs.
When not in the office, my husband and I enjoy outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. The latest addition to our family just arrived; our daughter is our latest adventure.
My love of eyes started when I was wrote a article for a class in school about the evolution of eyes. It is truly a miracle we are able to see This love blossomed into a passion, and I found myself drawn to the field of Optometry. Each patient has special needs and requirements to obtain the best possible vision available to them.
I began my journey at NYU, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Biology.I then went on to attend SUNY School of Optometry where I graduated with Honors. I am proud to be a recipient of the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation and Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation Merit Scholarship for academic excellence in Optometry school. After graduation, I completed internships in pediatrics and contact lenses specializing in hard lenses to treat keratoconus and corneal dystrophies.
Now when I am not with patients, I enjoy skiing and biking and other activities with my husband and children. I also enjoy reading the latest research in the field and following all the latest advancements in Optometry!
Michael L. Mund, MD is an ophthalmologist treating patients in the Clifton, New Jersey office. He is an attending physician at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., University Hospital in Newark, N.J. and Saint Mary’s General Hospital in Passaic, N.J. In addition he has been Director of Ophthalmology at Passaic Beth Israel, Passaic General Hospital, and United Hospitals.
A native of Bronx, New York, he graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, earned his bachelor’s degree from New York University and his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He completed an internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, a surgical residency at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx and an ophthalmology residency at Beth Israel/Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Mund was an NIH-sponsored Special Research Fellow in ophthalmic pathology, studying basic foundations of diseases of the eye.Dr. Mund is Director of Ophthalmology at Daughters of Miriam Center for the Aged, where his dedication earned him the Distinguished Service Award, and a member of the Health Advisory Committee of a U.S. congressman. He is board-certified, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Rutgers Medical School. He also has published many scientific papers and book chapters and given numerous scientific lectures.
Dr. Mund is married, has three children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Farbowitz’s Medical Missions
Vision Harvest is a local organization that provides cataract surgery to the uninsured around Thanksgiving at the River Drive Surgery Center in Northern New Jersey. Dr. Farbowitz is one of four surgeons at the center who volunteer for this program. If you or someone you know is uninsured and suffering from cataracts, please apply to the program or call our office for assistance.
SEE International provides sustainable medical, surgical, and educational services through volunteer ophthalmic surgeons with the objectives of restoring sight and preventing blindness to disadvantaged individuals worldwide.
Donations to either of these worthy organizations would be greatly appreciated. We urge our patients to use Amazon Smile to support these worthy causes.