Viola Kanevsky is an optometrist specializing in custom contact lenses, who has practiced on the Upper West Side for 25 years.
An émigré from the former Soviet Union, Dr. Kanevsky lived in Netanya, Brussels, and Miami, until her family settled in New York City in 1979. Dr. Kanevsky lives with her husband, daughter, and son on the Upper West Side, the neighborhood that she loves best.
Earning a BS from Pace University and a Doctorate from SUNY State College of Optometry in 1993, Dr. Kanevsky focused on children's vision, completing externships at Walson Air Force Hospital; The Infant Vision Clinic, Pediatrics, Learning Disabilities, Visual Rehabilitation, Primary Care and Strabismus Units of SUNY College of Optometry, and The Beth Israel Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic.
She owes much to the community that fostered her personal happiness and professional success and tries to give back to it whenever she can. She is the Metropolitan Trustee of the New York State Optometric Association; Trustee of the Optometric Society of the City of New York; president of the board of her residential coop; she is vice president of the board of the Interschool Orchestras of New York, an organization dedicated to providing musical education to children regardless of ability to pay; serves as trustee on the board of the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation and as such, produces benefit concerts for the Ship of Tolerance, an international art project whose goal is to promote tolerance amongst children of differing cultures. Dr. Kanevsky is the treasurer of the NY chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), with whom she travels to orphanages in Peru on medical missions. Dr. Kanevsky loves to support the young musicians of the New York Youth Symphony, and Concerts in Motion, an organization that brings music to homebound individuals .